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Zum: Jay Kim, Rohit Jain and Shiva Nagabushanaswamy

From left: Shiva Nagabushanaswamy, Jay Kim and Rohit Jain

Redwood City, California-based student transportation company Zum has appointed Rohit Jain as chief product officer to oversee product strategy, development, design and innovation.

Jain has logistics and technology experience and previously spent nearly seven years at Walmart Labs, where he established and led a team of more than 200 product managers, designers and product analytics experts building and scaling Walmart’s e-commerce technology, and nearly a decade at Amazon working across a number of areas, including mobile shopping and international payments.

Jain said: “From the moment I first met Ritu and her leadership team, I was struck by their vision and commitment to the mission. Student transportation is an industry built to move our most precious cargo safely and securely, yet it hasn’t changed in decades. I am looking forward to being part of this journey, building technology and scaling a team that can have a real impact on our kids, communities and the planet.”

Zum has also appointed Jay Kim as chief financial officer, responsible for overall financial management, including financial planning and analysis, accounting, treasury, corporate development and capital formation.

Kim has more than 20 years of experience in financial management and capital markets, most recently working as chief financial officer of Carbon Health Technologies, where he helped to scale the company’s footprint and operations. Earlier in his career, he spent 13 years as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank Securities.

Kim said: “Zum is on an incredible trajectory in a market desperate for transformation. I am excited and inspired to join a team with such impressive growth and momentum alongside disruptive technology and a compelling vision and mission. We are on a path to fundamentally change the student transportation status quo and make a meaningful difference in the lives of parents, kids, and educators. I can’t wait to see where it takes us.”

Shiva Nagabushanaswamy joins as vice-president of engineering, responsible for building and scaling the engineering organisation at Zum, He has technical and engineering experience, and has built and led teams to deliver large scale complex technology platforms. He was previously head of engineering – Ads at Uber and director of engineering – personalization at Netflix. Before that he spent more than 12 years in senior engineering roles at Microsoft.

Nagabushanaswamy said: “Making sure that every kid has accessibility to education is a noble mission. Getting kids from home to school is one of the critical pillars to achieve this broader mission. I like solving real world problems with the infusion of technology and data. Modernising student transportation with building great reliable products for our parents, kids, school districts, drivers and fleet managers is a fulfilling mission. This is a real world problem with all kinds of real complexities. I’m privileged to join them to take this to the next level.” 

Ritu Narayan, founder and chief executive at Zum, commented: “We are thrilled to welcome Rohit, Jay, and Shiva to Zum as we continue to build the future of safe, reliable, and sustainable student transportation. These three exceptional leaders amplify our executive team with the insight, perspective, and skills we need to support Zum on our journey to improve how our kids get to and from school.”

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