Tango Card Announces New CTO Enterprise Technology Veteran Chek Lim Joins Growing Leadership Team
SEATTLE, June 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Tango Card, the leader in providing enterprise rewards as a service (RaaS®), today announced the hire of Chek Lim as CTO. Prior to Tango Card, Lim was SVP Engineering at Globys, a leader in big data analytics and contextual marketing. Prior to Globys, he led Motricity's R&D team and scaled it from 50 to 180 persons in locations around the globe. The company launched award winning SaaS-based products Marketplace and MobileCast among other mobile products. Lim held other key positions at infospace, Go2Net, and Unchained Geometry after earning his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington. Lim has led the patent strategy and execution process for several companies and is the co-inventor on US Patent #6,100,893.
"It's incredible to have a technology leader of this quality join Tango Card," says David Leeds, Tango Card Founder and CEO. "We're building great products for our customers, we're building a secure and scalable infrastructure, we're providing data and unique insights to help folks see data and make great decisions, and we're expanding our patent portfolio. Chek has done this successfully for multiple organizations and we're fortunate to have him join the team at such an interesting and important time."
Lim will join Tango Card today along with other notable recent hires. In Q4 of 2013, Carrie Casanas joined Tango Card as CFO|COO. Early in her career, Casanas was Director of Finance at Starwave Corporation (acquired by Disney.) She was both VP Finance and VP Operations for ShareBuilder where she led the sale of the organization to ING Direct. Immediately prior to Tango Card, Casanas was CFO, Northwest Region for Kibble and Prentice. Casanas is a CPA and has a BA with a concentration in Accounting from the University of Washington.
"Every growing company hits this critical time when they realize, oh my, we really need someone that knows what they are doing on the Finance and HR side," says Leeds. "We experienced that a number of years before we went public at my last company, and we hit that time in 2013 at Tango Card. Carrie has been a transformational force at Tango Card and is not only doing an amazing job as our CFO|COO, but she has also raised the bar across the entire organization."
When Tango Card closed its Series B1 financing this April (2014), Terry Kramer joined the board of directors comprised of David Leeds and Julie Allegro of Allegro Venture Partners. Kramer is currently Distinguished Visitor, Strategy Unit at UCLA. Immediately prior to that, Kramer was Ambassador, Head of US Delegation, World Conference on International Telecommunications. Earlier, Kramer Held key roles at Vodafone where he was Regional President Vodafone Americas, Global HR Director and Chief of Staff among other roles. Earlier in his career, Kramer was President of AirTouch paging after holding a range of key positions at Airtouch. He also on the Board of Leed's last company FiberTower, where he served as an independent Board Member.
"I have worked with Terry in a number of roles since 2000. He is a hands-on, detail-oriented, and extremely supportive board member and we are very very fortunate to have him as we manage through this phase of company growth. He and I spoke at length about this role and it has been great having him on the Board and involved in the company," according to Leeds.
"I'm excited to work with the team at Tango Card, and to work with David again, especially in this innovative and fast growing space," says Kramer. "As a board, I think we can really help the team focus on ways to rapidly scale the business while ensuring they are building a great company to last."
When Palo Alto based Floodgate invested in Tango Card, Ann Miura-Ko joined the company as a Board Observer. Miura-Ko is co-founding partner at Floodgate, one of the most respected early-stage venture firms in the Bay Area. Their investments include SolarWinds, Twitter, Ayasdi, Task Rabbit, Chegg, Lyft, among others.
"Ann's experience with SaaS/cloud based business, firms that are innovating around data they provide to their customers, and her experience watching companies grow and succeed has been incredibly valuable to us," says David Leeds. "Ann is able to identify and net out a range of issues for us and she is able to make crisp, actionable recommendations that help us move the business forward," Leeds concludes.
"As gamification becomes a more universal thread in consumer and professional life, we believe that rewards as a platform is a huge market in which Tango Card is the dominant player. I can see the business starting to scale and am excited to be involved with the Board," said Miura-Ko.
About Tango Card
Tango Card's unique Rewards as a Service™ platform enables businesses to realize tangible results. Enterprise companies globally are using its leading incentive technology to deliver awesome gift cards and amazing digital content for consumer loyalty programs, sales incentive contests, health and wellness engagement and employee recognition. Learn more about Tango Card at www.tangocard.com.
VP Product & Marketing, Tango Card, Inc.
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