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ParkHub Appoints Laurens Eckelboom as Chief Revenue Officer

ParkHub announced Laurens Eckelboom has been named Chief Revenue Officer (CRO). As CRO, Eckelboom will drive the company’s growth initiatives, assuming leadership of the business development, account management, and marketing departments.

With over 20 years of international experience in sales and marketing, Eckelboom brings to ParkHub knowledge gained from previous senior and executive positions in the financial, technology, mobile payment, and parking industries.

“Laurens’ background is highly relevant to our core business today and growth trajectory before us for this role,” said ParkHub founder and CEO, George Baker Sr. “We are excited to have him on our team and look forward to seeing his impact on the organization during this critical time in the company’s development.”

Eckelboom played a key role in the launch of mobile payment solutions with Parkmobile Group in Europe, later duplicating that success with Parkmobile in the U.S. During this time, he brought several strategic investors on board, including BMW Group, which acquired Parkmobile in 2018.

Prior to joining ParkHub, Eckelboom headed business development and strategic partnership efforts for the SAP Connected Vehicles teams, building a 2-sided B2B mobility marketplace with a focus on mobile parking, fueling and QSR services in North America and Europe. 

Eckelboom has served on several association boards, including International Parking & Mobility Institute (IPMI) and Alliance for Parking Data Standards (APDS). He is a founding member and Advisory Board member of Kairos IoT Water Controls, a start-up from Atlanta.

Eckelboom commented on his appointment, “The parking industry is changing rapidly with tremendous opportunities ahead. ParkHub is uniquely positioned to leverage this pivotal moment and accelerate its expansion by providing superior enterprise solutions that transform the user experience for customers visiting venues. I am very excited to be working with very talented people on the team and under the leadership of George who is highly respected in the industry.” 


Cleverciti Introduces the ClevercitiCard

Cleverciti announces the release of ClevercitiCard, an innovative parking solution. ClevercitiCard provides an integrated, frictionless payment and parking option, allowing organizations such as shopping centers, corporate parking lots and universities to provide a more streamlined customer experience.

The ClevercitiCard is a credit-card-sized “active card” that sits in the windshield of the driver’s vehicle and communicates with the Cleverciti System in garages, on-surface parking areas and on-street parking. 

“With the ClevercitiCard, we can now offer a new level of parking guidance through the integration of permit and payment features for outdoor and indoor parking, without the need to install expensive infrastructure, such as single space sensors. We have placed the sensor, permit and payment functions into a single application, providing a truly seamless and comfortable parking experience for drivers,” said Thomas Hohenacker, CEO and Founder, Cleverciti System.

“Companies can now manage corporate parking in a highly efficient way, and organizations with the desire to manage multiple users, including valet parking, have now complete control over their parking assets.”


HUB Parking Technology North America Welcomes New General Manager 

Effective July 1, 2019, Luca Bovalino has been designated General Manager of HUB Parking Technology North America (USA, Canada) replacing John Lovell, who will retire as of October 4, 2019, but will be assisting in Luca’s transition to this role.

Luca is a dual Italian and American citizen, is multilingual and holds an MD in Economics and Business Administration, University of Turin, Italy. Luca comes to HUB from Magneti Marelli Holding North America, where he was most recently the Vice President of Strategy and Business Development and previously the CEO of Magneti Marelli Powertrain North America since 2012. 

Before joining Magneti Marelli, he was with FIAMM SpA for eight years, covering roles of increasing responsibility ranging from Global EVP of Purchasing to CEO of the Stand-By Division for North America.

Luca’s career started in Accenture (formerly Andersen Consulting) as a Senior Consultant in the area of business processes reengineering and automation for large multinational corporations.

Luca will be spending his first transition weeks at FAAC SpA in Bologna and visiting the company’s manufacturing plants before arriving, permanently, at the Warrendale, PA headquarters in the U.S.A. in August. 

John Lovell, to whom HUB is thankful for managing this transition in advance, will retain a role in management support during the transition period and assist in integrating Luca into the HUB family in the coming months.

HUB wants to thank John for over 40 successful years in the parking industry and as General Manager in HUB U.S.A. and Canada since 2015. 

Article contributed by the Parking PT team.
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