Dr. Hossein Rahnama
Founder & CEO
Dr. Hossein Rahnama, founder and CEO of Flybits, is recognized globally as a leader in AI, mobile human-computer interaction and the effective design of data-driven services. He is a visiting professor at the MIT Media Lab and professor at Ryerson University. Rahnama has written 30 publications and received 10 patents in ubiquitous computing. He was a co-founder of the #1 university-based incubator in the world, The Digital Media Zone at Ryerson University. In 2012, MIT Technology Review selected him as one of the Top 35 Innovators under the age of 35 globally. In 2017, he became one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40.
Chief Operating Officer
Brian Jamieson is a dynamic leader and entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience leading technology companies through rapid periods of growth. Brian’s focus at Flybits is managing and optimizing the day-to-day operations of the company while ensuring the company scales up to deliver an exceptional customer and partner experience. During his career, Brian has held a variety of general management roles, including COO of Lone Wolf Technologies and SVP of Operations with HighJump Inc.. Brian holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Carleton University as well as an MBA from Queen’s University.
Global Head of Sales
Sean Frigault has over 15 years of experience in the FinTech sector, mainly in Sales and Business development, as well as key positions in product, engineering, project management and operations. At Flybits, Sean leads the sales and business development team and is responsible for overall revenue growth for the company. Sean has extensive experience managing complex strategic projects at global organizations such as Finastra, FCT (Division of First American Corporation), D+H, and CIBC. He has a Bachelor of Engineering degree from McGill University, an MBA from the University of Toronto, and a certificate with Lean Six Sigma.
VP of Marketing and Communications
Justine Melman has two decades of experience delivering cutting-edge marketing and digital initiatives for major global and Canadian brands. As VP of Marketing & Communications at Flybits, Justine leads efforts to advance brand, marketing and customer experience strategies. Justine began her career launching an innovative entertainment/loyalty startup, after which she led consumer marketing efforts at Holt Renfrew, The Globe and Mail, eBay Canada, Ally, and Yahoo! Canada. At Cineplex she focused on digital transformation to enhance the customer experience. Justine has a B.A. in Psychology from Western University.
VP of Corporate Development and Operations
With almost 20 years of experience in business strategy and development, Gerti Dervishi is a founding member of the Flybits team. Since 2012, he has served a number of roles including customer success, product management, strategy, implementation, and, most recently, forging international partnerships and consulting with some of the world’s leading brands. Prior to Flybits, Gerti honed his skills at leading organizations such as CIBC and IBM. Gerti holds a B.Sc. in Engineering from the University of Ottawa, an MBA from Ryerson University, and a Masters in Management Finance from Harvard University.
VP of Platforms
For more than a decade, Petar Kramaric has contributed to ground-breaking work in cloud computing and mobile development. A founding member of the Flybits team since 2008, Petar was part of the initial research group that built the IP for the future of the company. Presently, as VP of Platforms, he is responsible for evolving and developing the platform to meet current and future customer needs. Petar is a graduate of Ryerson University where he completed both his Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Computer and Data Science.
VP Enterprise Operations in Delivery
Jason Davies has more than 20 years of experience in Marketing, Digital Payments, and Fintech. As VP of Enterprise Innovation, Jason is responsible for leveraging next generation platforms and technology to solve Flybits’ customers’ business problems and create new growth opportunities for the company. He has held senior positions at Mastercard, including Head of Digital Payments and Labs in Canada, and Global Product Development for Mastercard’s Managed Services division, and has also worked in CPG and Retail. Jason holds Hons. B.A.s in Psychology and Economics, from McGill University and McMaster University, and an MBA from the University of Windsor.
VP People & Operational Design
Hannah Yardley is a seasoned talent advisor, focusing on helping organizations forge the connection between great strategy and great talent. After a decade advising Fortune 500 clients on how to best solve their toughest talent challenges, Hannah joined the Flybits leadership team as VP, People and Culture. She spends most of her day helping Flybits scale its growth journey, while continuing to make the organization a hive for great talent in Toronto and across the globe. Hannah has an honours degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business.
Dr. Matt Stroud
Managing Director (EMEA)
Matt Stroud has 12 years of experience in data and strategy for startups and established corporations. Leading the EMEA team at Flybits, Matt is responsible for driving growth in the region. Previously, Matt focused on using personal data to drive commercial outcomes, and led the UK’s Personal Data and Trust program at the Digital Catapult, bringing together hundreds of innovators on the use of personal data. Matt was Head of Strategy for the UK’s largest mobile phone operator. He’s committed to ethical data ecosystems and is co-founder of the Data Sharing Principles Group. Matt has a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from UCL.
Mark De Carvalho
VP Product Management in Product & Design
Mark De Carvalho is an entrepreneurial-minded, agile product development leader. He has over 10 years of experience building B2B and B2C products. As VP of Product Management at Flybits, Mark leads the entire product lifecycle from strategy to tactics. Mark has managed and launched SaaS products at startups and scaleups with $35+ million/year revenue. He has helped several companies transition to an Agile product development methodology. Mark graduated top of his class with a Bachelors of Software Engineering from the University of Waterloo.