Mitchell De Young

Chief Product Officer at SPENN

Mitchell De Young has diverse work experience spanning over several companies and industries. Mitchell currently serves as the Chief Product Officer at SPENN Technology, where they oversee three product lines across multiple countries. Prior to this, Mitchell worked as a Technical Advisor at SPENN, supporting product development, feature design, and application testing.

Mitchell also holds a position on the Board of Directors at Kazang Zambia, the largest POS network in Zambia. In addition, they are a Member of the Board of Advisors at blufolio AG.

Before joining SPENN, Mitchell was the Managing Partner at dVerify, a company focused on digital transformation solutions for enterprise asset management. Mitchell has also held positions at Linxens and SMARTRAC Technology, where they served in various leadership roles related to digital authentication, product management, and project management.

Earlier in their career, Mitchell worked at SMARTRAC N.V. and Smartrac Technology, where they held roles in product line management and program management. Mitchell started their career at CPI Card Group as a Production Manager.

Throughout their career, Mitchell has demonstrated expertise in product development, technology trends, and digital ID. Mitchell has extensive experience working in the fintech industry and has operated in multiple countries, primarily in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.

Mitchell De Young began their education journey in 1993 at the College of Business at California State University-Long Beach, where they attended until 1998. During this time, Mitchell did not obtain a degree or specialize in any specific field of study.

In 2010, Mitchell enrolled at Villanova University, focusing on project management. It is unclear whether they completed their degree or is still pursuing it, as no end year is provided.

In 2020, Mitchell attended General Assembly to study computer software engineering. Mitchell completed their studies in 2021, specializing in this field of study.

In 2022, Mitchell enrolled in the Product School with a focus on earning a Senior Product Manager Certification. Mitchell is expected to finish their studies in 2023.

As for additional certifications, Mitchell holds a Certificate in Digital Money obtained from the Digital Frontiers Institute in August 2021. It is unknown if they have obtained the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) or the Project Management Professional (PMP) certifications, as the specific month and year of completion are not provided.


Previous companies

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  • Chief Product Officer

    November, 2020 - present

  • Technical Advisor

    August, 2016

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