XRS Adds Two Leadership Positions, Names Christian Schenk SVP Business Develop & Strategy
October 30, 2013
XRS Corp. has named industry veteran Jon Van Winkle vice president, product management, and experienced software engineer Arvind Sharma vice president of engineering. The company has also appointed XRS executive Christian Schenk to a new leadership role as senior vice president, business development and strategy.
Jon Van Winkle
Van Winkle brings nearly 20 years of experience in transportation and logistics, online services, SaaS, knowledge management, health care, aerospace and defense to his new role at XRS. Before joining the company, Van Winkle was director of product management for Qualcomm’s Omnitracs Division, where he led the product definition and business plan for its flagship transportation management product. Jon received the NPTC’s Certified Transportation Planner designation in 2012.
At XRS, Van Winkle will be responsible for all aspects of strategic direction and oversight around the innovation, development and maintenance of XRS product offerings including NXT, the company’s new collaboration with Verizon Wireless and Samsung Mobile. He will report to company president, chief operating officer & chief technology officer, Brendan Reidy.
Sharma is an experienced technical leader with more than 20 years of experience in software architecture, design and product development, with an emphasis on mobile technologies. Most recently, Sharma was director of software architecture, unified communications for Riverbed Technology. He has also served as a lead software engineer and architect for prominent Internet and telecommunications companies such as Yahoo, Motorola, Lucent Technologies and Clarus Systems.
In his new role at XRS, Sharma will oversee all aspects of software development and architecture and lead the XRS engineering team in designing, testing and implementing new products and product enhancements. He will report to company president, chief operating officer & chief technology officer, Brendan Reidy.
Schenk has been with XRS (formerly Xata Corp.) since 2010. He is known throughout the industry for his technology expertise, extensive knowledge and in-depth, hands-on experience in process management, business development and transportation logistics. Schenk is also an active member of several industry boards and councils, including CTIA – The Wireless Association.
In his new role, Schenk will continue to drive the company’s efforts to boost recognition for and availability of the XRS solution in the market through direct and indirect channel marketing, as well as through partnerships and alliances. Schenk will work closely with product management, sales and marketing in fueling the company’s growth strategy. He will report to XRS’ executive vice president of field operations, Jim DeSocio.