Loadsmart hires financial leader Amir Mirza and software innovator Alain Avakian, each bringing over 25 years of experience to the leadership team
CHICAGO, (June 27, 2022) — Loadsmart, a leading freight technology company, today announced the appointments of Amir Mirza as chief financial officer and Alain Avakian as chief technology officer.
In his new role as chief financial officer, Mirza will provide financial and strategic leadership to drive Loadsmart’s continued growth. Before joining Loadsmart, Mirza served as CFO for Datalot, an insurtech company providing a leading platform for insurance companies to acquire digital customers across auto, home, life and health insurance. In addition to managing cross-functional teams, including finance, human resources, legal and customer service teams, he led the company’s growth initiatives that resulted in an acquisition by Centerfield in 2021. Prior to his CFO roles, Amir was a Managing Director in the corporate finance practice at Bank of America Merrill Lynch focused on the technology, media, and telecom sector where he played a leading role on over $500 billion of strategic and financing transactions.
“Amir brings to Loadsmart more than 25 years of experience advising and enabling companies to grow and scale as well as funding their growth plans,” said Felipe Capella, co-founder and CEO, Loadsmart. “Partnered with Loadsmart’s executive team and its Board of Directors, Amir will continue to build a world-class finance organization that will chart a path to continued growth and profitably by focusing on high impact internal initiatives, business development as well as strategic mergers and acquisitions.”
As Loadsmart’s new chief technology officer, Avakian will develop a winning strategic plan for technology and innovation. Prior to joining Loadsmart, Avakian was chief technology officer for Appetize, a leading digital and mobile commerce platform, where he led a transformation that modernized the technology organization and drove measurable improvements in team capabilities, platform performance, and customer retention and expansion. Avakian also served as CTO at BlackLine, a leading provider of cloud-based accounting software, where he scaled the technology capabilities of the organization to serve 50 percent of the Fortune 500, ultimately leading to the company’s successful IPO launch in 2016 and Avakian’s recognition as CTO of the Year by the Los Angeles Business Journal.
“Alain has over 25 years of software engineering experience that, coupled with his technological skills and previous experience in navigating through an IPO at Blackline and three acquisitions – eBay, RentPath, and Appetize – will help to springboard Loadsmart to the next level of product development and innovation,” said Capella. “Working closely with product, marketing and commercial teams, Alain will focus on internally aligning strategies and processes to win clients, reach business goals and continue to innovate and stay ahead of the competition.”
Mirza and Avakian join a leadership team that is currently in the midst of deploying its $200 million Series D raised in January 2022 at a $1.3 billion valuation to combine cutting-edge technology with deep industry expertise to fundamentally change how freight is priced, booked and shipped. Loadsmart investors include strategic leaders in the logistics industry including CSX, Home Depot Ventures, Maersk Growth and Ports America.
Transforming the future of freight, Loadsmart leverages technology and logistics data to build efficiency around how freight is priced, booked and shipped. Pairing comprehensive logistics technology with deep-seated freight industry expertise, Loadsmart fuels business growth, simplifies operations and increases efficiency for carriers and shippers alike. For more information, please visit: https://loadsmart.com/. Move more with less.