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Executive team

George ArisonGeorge Arison
Co-founder and Co-CEO
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George Arison

George Arison is a co-founder and co-CEO of Shift.

Previously, he co-founded Taxi Magic (now known as Curb), the first on-demand mobile transportation booking technology company, and worked at Google and BCG.

A Georgian immigrant, he was also the first student from the Soviet Union allowed to attend a private U.S. high school without a government sponsorship. He holds a BA in Political Science from Middlebury College.

Toby RussellToby Russell
Co-founder and Co-CEO
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Toby Russell

Toby Russell is a co-founder and co-CEO of Shift.

Previously, he was the Managing VP of Digital at Capital One, where he led the bank’s technology transformation to mobile. In 2007 Toby co-founded Taxi Magic (now known as Curb), the first on-demand mobile transportation booking technology company. He also led a $12 billion renewable energy and efficiency investment program for the U.S. Department of Energy and worked as a Project Leader at the Boston Consulting Group.

He holds a Doctorate from Oxford University.

Cindy HanfordCindy Hanford
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Cindy Hanford

Cindy Hanford is the CFO of Shift.

Cindy has worked for Fortune 100 and 300 companies focused on consumer good accounting and finance. She spent 13 years at Nike to eventually become Director of Finance Operations, after which she went on to work as a Regional Controller for Lithia Motors, the third largest auto retailer in the U.S.

Cindy holds a degree from the University of Washington in Finance and Accounting.

Sean FoySean Foy
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Sean Foy

Sean Foy is the COO of Shift.

Previously, he was the Head of Operations at Enjoy Technology Inc., where he built the first mobile on-demand inventory platform for technology products like iPhones and Google products. During a six year tenure at Amazon, he launched both the Kindle and Amazon Echo product lines.

He has a Masters in Global Management from The University of Salford.

Mark McCollum
Mark McCollum

Mark McCollum is the CRO of Shift.

Previously, he was founding CEO of Automotive IntelliQence, an enterprise software company focused on automotive retail. With nearly 30 years' experience in the auto industry, he has also served as market president of various regions for AutoNation, as well as GM at Sonic Automotive and numerous private cap auto retailers.

Karan M. GuptaKaran M. Gupta
Sr. VP of Engineering
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Karan M. Gupta

Karan Gupta is the SVP of Engineering at Shift.

Previously, he led the engineering team at The RealReal where he helped take the company public. Before that, he worked on the Mars rover project for NASA, and at Sony PlayStation. He has also launched his own collaboration startup through AngelPad, culminating in an acquisition.

Karan began coding at the age of 13 and went on to get an MS in AI Robotics.

Blima Tuller
Sr. VP of Accounting & Controller
Blima Tuller

Blima Tuller is the Controller and SVP of Accounting at Shift.

She was previously serving as Chief Accounting Officer (CAO) at Magnite, a NASDAQ-listed adtech company, and prior to that as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of LBI Media.

Jennifer Gaines
General Counsel & Corp. Sec.
Jennifer Gaines

Jennifer Gaines is the General Counsel & Corporate Secretary at Shift.

She has served as a Chief Legal Officer, VP of Legal and General Counsel for multiple companies over the past 20 years, most recently serving as Chief Legal & Human Resources Officer at OneSource Virtual, Inc.

In addition, Jennifer also spent many years working as the VP of Legal at Patriarch Partners, a private investment firm focused on acquiring, invigorating and restoring undervalued iconic American brands. She holds a BA from Baylor University and a JD from University of Tulsa, College of Law

Tracy LessinTracy Lessin
VP of Marketing
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Tracy Lessin

Tracy Lessin is the VP of Marketing at Shift.

Prior to joining Shift, she served in a number of marketing roles, including Director of the Global Brand Team and Chief of Staff to the CMO, at Norton Lifelock, the Clorox Company, and in the energy sector. She also spent several years consulting at Accenture.

Tracy holds a BS in Information Systems from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

Josh PittmanJosh Pittman
VP of Sales
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Josh Pittman

Josh Pittman is the VP of Sales at Shift.

He was previously VP of Inside Sales at Velocify (acquired by Ellie Mae) and at SportsEngine (acquired by NBC Sports) as well as the Senior Director of Inside Sales at Living Social.

Tim Brauer
VP of Fixed Ops
Tim Brauer

Tim Brauer is the VP of Fixed Operations at Shift.

He previously served 15+ years at CarMax overseeing regional operations. Brauer holds a BAS from Southwestern College.

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