Padam Mobility

Padam Mobility (Siemens Group) appoints Fleur Gessner CFO and restructures its management team to accelerate its development

Padam Mobility is a provider of smart & dynamic Demand-Responsive Transport (DRT) and Paratransit solutions. The company supports operators, transport companies, local authorities and businesses in the development and implementation of shared mobility services. Padam Mobility was acquired by Siemens Mobility in May 2021 and is now reorganising its management team to strengthen its growth strategy.


Fleur Gessner, Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Fleur Gessner

Fleur Gessner has worked in various strategic and financial roles for over 20 years, particularly in the transport and mobility sector. Her experience ranges from management consulting to project management, strategic and operational finance, both in Germany and the US. After working for Siemens Mobility, she founded her own company, Cybertary, in Alexandria, Virginia, in 2009, to support small and medium-sized businesses in their growth. After selling her company, she rejoined Siemens Mobility in 2011 to lead strategic projects in North America. In 2018, she joined Bytemark Inc, as CFO, where she was a driving force in its growth. She joins Padam Mobility in 2021 just after its acquisition by Siemens Mobility to support the company in its ambitious growth plans.


Ziad Khoury, Chief Expansion Officer 


Ziad Khoury started his career in 2011 as Vice President of XProjets, a Junior-Enterprise of the Ecole Polytechnique where he completed his Master’s degree in entrepreneurship and engineering. He co-founded Padam Mobility in 2014 and worked for the company for over seven years as Product Manager, Business Developer and Account Manager. Today, he takes on the role of Chief Expansion Officer with the objective of opening new horizons for the company, particularly in terms of product innovation.


Thibault Lécuyer-Weber, Chief Operating Officer (COO)Thibault

Graduated from ESCP-Europe, Thibault Lécuyer-Weber started his career in the digital industry in 1999. After developing numerous projects in the areas of education, journalism and hotel e-commerce, he joined Microsoft in 2014 as Production Manager, and in 2015 created Fiish, a mobile recruitment application. Thibault joined Padam Mobility in 2018 as Chief Marketing Officer with the aim of expanding the company in France and internationally. He is now continuing his career as Chief Operating Officer with the main objective of shaping the company and helping it grow.


Sébastien Najjar, VP Engineering

With ten years of entrepreneurial experience in the tech industry, Sébastien Najjar started his career in 2010 as a middleware engineer and Amadeus consultant for the Astek group. In 2013, he co-founded Skimlab, an online 3D modelling service, where he acted as Chief Technical Officer. In 2017, he became Chief Executive Officer of Dioxygen Software. Now Sébastien joins Padam Mobility as VP of Engineering to support the company’s innovation and technological development efforts.


Charles Paulino Montejo, Head of MarketingCharles

Charles Paulino Montejo is a graduate of the Sorbonne University and Sciences Po Paris, with a professional background in the urban planning and transport sectors. He began his career as Project Manager for the Keolis Group in Toronto (Canada) in 2017. In 2018, he was appointed Incubation Manager for the sectoral incubator dedicated to mobility and urban logistics at Paris&Co, the economic development and innovation agency of Paris. In 2019, he joined the marketing team of Padam Mobility as Product Marketing Manager, before taking over as Head of Marketing.


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With HertsLynx, Padam Mobility continues its expansion in the UK


Padam Mobility launches HertsLynx, the first DRT in the UK using the Department for Transport’s Rural Mobility Fund (RMF)

On September the 19th 2021, HertsLynx, a new Demand-Responsive Transport (DRT) service powered by Padam Mobility and operated by Uno Bus will be launched in the rural areas of the Herts County Council in the UK. It will serve villages in North and East Herts and fixed destinations in Key Hub Towns. The service is expected to ease passenger journeys within these low-density areas and answer crucial mobility needs. 

The HertsLynx service will be the first DRT service in the UK to be funded using the Department for Transport’s Rural Mobility Fund (RMF). To launch the service, the Herts County Council received £1,472,000 (from the overall pot of £20 Million RMF split between 17 councils).

The HertsLynx service is designed to improve connections between rural areas including filling a gap in public transport provision to fill the supply gap for east/west county journeys and access to town centres. Thus expanding access to employment, education, healthcare, and shopping. The proposed scheme will serve North and East Herts, focusing primarily on Buntingford and the surrounding area. Travel will be allowed anywhere within this zone, however passengers will also be able to travel to key points – such as hospitals and high streets – in six surrounding towns: Royston, Baldock, Letchworth, Hitchin, Stevenage and Bishop’s Stortford.

The service will rely on 3 new modern vehicles (operating in Hertfordshire in a free floating configuration) and an additional 2 buses scheduled for the second year (5 vehicles in total). It will operate from 7am to 7pm  Monday to Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sundays and bank holidays. Rides will be able to be booked in real-time or in advance (up to 30 days in advance).

Because the HertsLynx service is powered by Padam Mobility, it can guarantee that confirmed ride bookings will be carried out by the operator. No customers will experience a last minute cancellation, which can happen with other DRT technology solutions.

The service will be launched from 10 am on Sunday 19th September 2021. A stakeholder launch took place on 16th September to highlight the service to the local stakeholders and media. 

Visit the HertsLynx service’s website

HertsLynx: Why Padam Mobility?

Within the framework of the of the HertsLynx service operations, Padam Mobility will support the Herts County Council  in the achievement of several objectives:

  • Empowering non-motorized populations in their travel (seniors, minors, etc.)
  • Reducing dependence on the private car and its negative impacts (pollution, maintenance costs, etc.)
  • Opening up certain low-density areas by providing a public service accessible every day Improving access to services and jobs, in particular improving access to health facilities
  • Digitalising the territory with the introduction of a solution based on optimisation algorithms thanks to artificial intelligence, but also on user friendly interfaces

About Padam Mobility

Established in 2014, Padam Mobility provides digital on-demand public transport solutions (DRT, Paratransit) to reconnect peri-urban and rural areas and bring communities closer together. To do this, Padam Mobility provides a software suite of smart and flexible solutions that improve the impact of mobility policies in sparsely populated areas for all types of users. To get users, operators and Local Authorities on the move. This software suite is based on powerful algorithms and artificial intelligence. It includes :

  • Booking interfaces (mobile app, website) for users and call centres
  • A navigation interface (mobile app and tablet) for drivers
  • A management interface for operators and Public Transport Authorities
  • A simulation tool for designing and setting up mobility services

Transport authorities, operators, private companies and consulting firms trust us to open up territories , to optimise the mobility offer and facilitate its operations, to accompany them towards operational excellence, and finally to enable environmentally-friendly mobility.

Key figures: 

  • +470 000 users transported in 2020 (already 365 000 users transported at the beginning of 2021)  more than 1M users transported since our creation
  • +70 territories deploy our solutions in Europe, Asia and North America
  • 80% pooling rate in average
  • Up to 3.3 x less expensive than a similar offer if operated by fixed lines
  • 33% of our users were previously using private cars, 19% were walking or unable to get around

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