People

The RoadDB leadership has decades of experience in mapping, automotive technology, and telecommunications.

Members of the RoadDB leadership led Navigation Technologies (later Navteq, now HERE) from initial concept to over 80% market share in the U.S. and European vehicle markets across all vehicle manufacturers.

The RoadDB leadership has long-term relationships with key stakeholders at vehicle manufacturers and Tier-1 suppliers worldwide.  The RoadDB leadership understands vehicle manufacturers’ work processes, cultures, and concerns.

Backing up the RoadDB leadership is an experienced management team and a staff of 200 engineers, many with master’s or doctoral degrees and significant automotive experience, as well as a core team of business and field operations professionals.

T. Russell Shields, President and CEO
T. Russell Shields
  • Founded, grew, and profitably sold eight companies
  • Pioneered location-related vehicle technologies at Navteq
  • Founder of Ygomi (creator of RoadDB)
  • A leader in driving worldwide commercialization of automotive technologies
Richard E. Shuman, EVP and COO
Richard E. Shuman
  • Accomplished operations and sales executive developing new markets from infancy including Navteq ($900+ million revenue)
  • Extensive, enduring, worldwide network throughout the automotive industry
Paul Barnard, SVP and CTO
Paul Barnard
  • Technology executive who delivered leading-edge communications products for Nortel and ArrayComm, and automotive products for BMW, Ford, and Nissan
  • Exceptional ability to innovate while achieving commercially viable solutions
James Herbst, SVP and Chief Data Architect
James Herbst
  • Technology pioneer with accomplishments across location data engineering since the early days of Navteq
  • Innovator with more than 20 patents
  • Pragmatic data architect able to find commercially viable solutions that satisfy all stakeholders, for example Navteq’s data specification
Errol Scialom, SVP Finance and Administration and CFO
Errol Scialom
  • Four-decade career at Goodyear and Ygomi with focus on creating lean, profitable operations
  • Strong track record of negotiating and implementing joint ventures, partnerships, and acquisitions
  • Successful manager of large support organizations
Brian Haan, SVP IT and CIO / CSO
Brian Haan
  • Strategic IT executive with 25+ years of experience exploiting new technology and designing architectures to enable business growth and agility
  • Manager of worldwide high-availability data center systems
  • CISSP security professional in standards, processes, and procedures for cybersecurity and regulatory compliance
Yuka Gomi, VP Japanese Business
Yuka Gomi
  • Technology executive with strong knowledge of mapping
  • Extensive relationships with Japanese automotive executives
  • Recognized as an industry expert by Japanese automotive regulators
Kenneth E. Cordes, Jr., Business Development Manager
Kenneth E. Cordes, Jr.
  • Extensive experience in business development and customer relationship management
  • Strong experience with vehicle manufacturers including on-site project leadership at Nissan in Japan
  • Project manager with PMP and Automotive SPICE certifications, and experience on Agile and waterfall teams
Ke Cao, Director Test
Ke Cao
  • Strong software engineering background with expertise in communications engineering, information engineering, and technical English
  • Expertise in managing software quality assurance, process improvement, and strategy development
  • Seasoned project manager with PMP certification and experience with both Agile and waterfall methodologies
Xiaojuan Li, Director Quality Validation
Xiaojuan Li
  • Experience driving continuous quality improvement
  • Expertise in building, managing, and coaching teams to achieve high-performance results
  • Extensive certifications including SAFe SA, CSQE, CSM, and Six Sigma Black Belt
Wei Luo, Director Engineering Support
Wei Luo
  • Expert in image processing
  • Proven skill in managing the delivery of high-quality products to international companies
  • Experience efficiently managing teams of engineers with diverse technical backgrounds
Xin Shao, Director Localization and Systems
Xin Shao
  • Expertise in signal processing, electronic engineering, and computer science
  • Successful delivery of numerous complex software products
  • Extensive automotive experience including delivery of in-vehicle software for Nissan
Yang Tang, Director Framework
Yang Tang
  • Seasoned project manager with strong engineering background who has earned credentials in PMI, Agile, and Automotive SPICE methodologies
  • Extensive automotive experience including delivery of in-vehicle software for Nissan
Linkun Xu, Director Core Development
Linkun Xu
  • Background in multiview geometry, machine learning, and signal processing
  • Extensive automotive experience including delivery of in-vehicle software for Nissan
Lei Zhang, Director Customer Engineering
Lei Zhang
  • PRINCE2-certified project professional with over a decade of experience
  • Seasoned manager of process, people, and technology
  • Deep experience as a software engineering lead with expertise in communications, image processing, and automotive technologies
Charlie Chen, Director Project Office
Charlie Chen
  • Extensive experience managing large-scale, complex products
  • Strong technology background and understanding of marketing, product, human resources, and strategy
  • PMI PgMP certification
Dehao Liu, Research Fellow for Localization
Dehao Liu
  • Proven expertise in algorithm research, efficient problem solving, and engineering implementation
  • Experience improving algorithm performance to ensure product requirements are met
Xinyu Lin, Research Associate for Verification and Validation
Xinyu Lin
  • Experienced researcher in 2D / 3D computer vision and pattern recognition
  • Expertise in signal and information processing
  • Experience in algorithm research and engineering implementation