Descartes' management team is comprised of experienced logistics operators that specialize in operations, technology, marketing and sales. The team has deep domain expertise in logistics and distribution and can use first hand experiences to address the challenges our customers face. The team is committed to building and managing a world-class organization focused on serving and delivering results for our shareholders and customers.
Edward J. Ryan
As Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Ryan is responsible for guiding Descartes' executive management team and providing strategic direction for the company.
As part of the Descartes team since 2000, his keen understanding of logistics has played a key role in the expansion of Descartes’ Global Logistics Network. As Chief Commercial Officer, he led Descartes’ customer facing operations and helped the Company to connect over 200,000 trading partners worldwide, increasing transaction volumes by more than 70% over the past few years.
Prior to joining Descartes, Mr. Ryan directed the global Marketing and Field operations areas for E-Transport and, as Vice President of Sales and Marketing, successfully grew the business from its early start-up days to the successful ocean network acquired by Descartes in March 2000.
J. Scott Pagan
As President and Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Pagan oversees Descartes' operations. This includes Descartes’ research & development activities, Global Logistics Network service delivery, corporate development initiatives, corporate communication strategies, and legal and administrative functions. Mr. Pagan also supports the Board of Directors and its committees in Descartes' governance and strategic direction, and previously served as the company’s Chief Corporate Officer and Corporate Secretary.
Prior to joining Descartes in May 2000, Mr. Pagan worked in a private law practice in Southern Ontario, where he specialized in corporate and intellectual property law. He was a finalist in the Lexpert 2006 Top Lawyers and General Counsel under 40 and in the 2011 Canadian General Counsel Awards Business Achievement category.
As Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Allan Brett is responsible for Descartes' worldwide financial and administrative functions.
Allan is an experienced public company executive, who served as CFO of Aastra Technologies Limited from June 1996 through to its January 2014 sale to Mitel
Networks Corporation. In his 18 years at Aastra the company grew to over $600 million in revenues and 2,000 employees, with more than 60 consecutive quarters of profitability.
As Executive Vice President, Information Services, Raimond Diederik is responsible for Research and Development, Customer Support, IT Operations and Data Management solutions for Descartes.
Raimond has over 20 years of experience managing logistic information systems, and has played a key role at Descartes since joining the organization in 1993. Prior to Descartes, Raimond worked as an Infrastructure Consultant with the Research & Development group of P&O Nedlloyd’s Information Technology Division.
As Executive Vice President, Marketing and Services, Chris Jones is primarily responsible for Descartes marketing activities and professional services for Descartes' solutions.
With over 20 years of experience in the supply chain market, Chris has held a variety of senior management positions including: Senior Vice President at The Aberdeen Group's Value Chain Research division, Executive Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Development for SynQuest and Vice President and Research Director for Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions at The Gartner Group.
As General Counsel, Michael Verhoeve is the principal officer in charge of all Descartes legal matters. This includes oversight of Descartes’ Legal Team within the areas of contracts with customers and suppliers, protection of our intellectual property, management of corporate disputes and advice on our merger & acquisition activities. Also, as Corporate Secretary, Mike interfaces with our Board of Directors on matters including corporate governance and public company compliance.
Mike was Descartes’ Associate General Counsel from 1998 through to 2003, helping the company conclude relationships with companies that still remain some of our biggest customers today. From 2003 to 2014, Mike has been the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at two other large Canadian-based international public technology companies: ATS Automation Tooling Systems and Sandvine.