Every day Blacklane connects thousands of passengers with a vast network of licensed and insured drivers. We offer the most reliable global professional driver service at the most competitive rates in 50 countries. Blacklane’s five-star service combines multi-lingual, 24/7 customer care, real-time service control for tens of thousands of quality cars, and all- inclusive fares guaranteed at the time of booking. Passengers can schedule a pickup using Blacklane’s website, iOS app or Android app at the touch of a finger.
Blacklane was founded by Jens Wohltorf and Frank Steuer in 2011. As frequent travelers, they saw a need for a single global professional driver service. Their vision was a smarter way to book and manage rides - something affordable, reliable and efficient. In 2013, Blacklane achieved a global presence by expanding from 30 to 130 cities. The company launched New York in July and Palma de Mallorca in December, completing its ambitious ‘Mission 100’ goal of expanding its service to 100 new cities in 100 days. That growth led to Blacklane partnering with some of the world’s largest travel companies, like Amadeus. The result is that professional drivers can be reserved as easily as flights and hotels on consumer and corporate travel websites. Our team is global, with over 150 people across 30 nationalities, speaking over 25 languages.
Dr. Sascha Meskendahl is Blacklane's Chief Revenue Officer. He oversees the company's entire growth from marketing and sales to partnerships. Sascha re-joined Blacklane in April 2016 after founding a real estate startup. In his previous term at Blacklane, he led the company's Strategy, Planning and Analytics team. Before Blacklane, Sascha worked nine years at Boston Consulting Group as a Project Leader with a focus on strategy and operations. He holds a Doctor of engineering in project portfolio management from Technische Universität Berlin, where he worked as a researcher. He led the largest European study on project portfolio management, comprised of more than 250 companies.
Co-Founder & CTO
Frank Steuer is the CTO and co-founder. Prior to founding Blacklane, Frank was a Managing Director at SemperLink GmbH, and before this, he founded Firstfon Ltd., a telephony platform startup offering international mobile calls at reduced rates. Prior to this, he managed the Competence Center Network & Mobility in the Distributed Artificial Intelligence Laboratory of the Technical University of Berlin. Frank received a diploma in mechanical engineering and a Master of Science in communication and media engineering from the Offenburg University of Applied Sciences. His Master's degree included studies at the University of Helsinki, Oregon State University and Portland State University.
COO & CFO
Ralf Echtler is Blacklane’s Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. He joined Blacklane from Daimler Financial Services, where he managed the company’s Ride4Hire business unit. This division ran Daimler’s innovative mobility investments in Blacklane and FlixBus and owned the multi-national mytaxi app. Ralf worked 11 years at Daimler in Germany, the United States and Asia. He held leadership roles in finance and controlling, international strategy and business development, and investor relations. Ralf completed his Master of Science (MSc) in Business, Logistics and Supply Chain Management from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh.
Co-Founder & CEO
Dr. Jens Wohltorf is the CEO and co-founder. Prior to founding Blacklane, Jens Wohltorf worked as Principal at the Boston Consulting Group. Jens studied industrial engineering at the Technical University of Berlin with research residencies at the University of California, Berkeley, and MIT, where he studied urban traffic patterns. In 2005 he completed his PhD in Telecommunications at the Distributed Artificial Intelligence Laboratory of the Technical University of Berlin.
Director of Customer Care & Operations
Director of Communications and Public Relations
Director of Marketing
Director of Service Experience
Director of Affiliate Management
Director of Project & Office Management
Director of Financial Planning & Controlling
Director of Finance
Director of Product Management
Director of Legal
Director of Business Development