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Flexport hires James Chen as Chief Technology Officer

Flexport · July 24, 2019
James Chen
James Chen, CTO at Flexport

Flexport has hired James Chen as Chief Technology Officer where he will be responsible for driving product vision and technology strategy. Chen has been a CTO twice before at Jenzabar (CampusCraze) and Rakuten (Freecause), two companies that grew very rapidly. While at Rakuten, James managed an organization of 1,500+ people. Most recently, he was a Director of Technology at Amazon.

In a statement, Flexport CEO & Founder Ryan Petersen said: “At Flexport, we pride ourselves on bringing in world-class talent that’s passionate about the work they do. In James’ case, he was a coder since high school. In fact, he wrote his first shareware program on an HP 48 calculator, back in 1992.”

At Flexport, those who are responsible for creating product and technology are known as ‘Makers.’ It’s a term that’s cropped up in the past five-plus years to describe those who take a thoughtful and deliberate approach to creating and innovating. In the course of Flexport’s development as a company, the Makers Team has built out tools and technology that serve more than 10,000 customers and partners worldwide. Its efforts are the lynchpin for Flexport’s mission to make global trade easy for everyone.

Meet the team behind Flexport here.

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