Every day, Blacklane connects thousands of passengers with a vast network of licensed and insured professional drivers. We offer the most reliable global professional driver service at the most competitive rates in 50 countries. Our all-inclusive rates are guaranteed at the moment of booking and cover all taxes, fees, tolls, and gratuities. Blacklane’s five-star service combines 24/7 customer care with real-time service control for tens of thousands of top-of-the-line vehicles. Passengers can schedule a ride in seconds via Blacklane’s website or apps.
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. Blacklane has grown from a two-man operation in Berlin to an international team of over 200 people with a satellite office in Singapore. We connect travelers to professional drivers in more than 250 cities in 50 countries across the globe and have established partnerships with titans in the travel industry such as Amadeus, Expedia, Hertz, and Finnair. This means that professional drivers can be reserved as easily as flights and hotels on consumer and corporate travel websites.
Co-Founder & CTO
Prior to founding Blacklane, Frank Steuer was 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 Network & Mobility Competence Center 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, Portland State University, and Oregon State University.
Co-Founder & CEO
Prior to founding Blacklane, Dr. Jens Wohltorf worked as Principal at 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 Doctorate in Telecommunications at the Distributed Artificial Intelligence Laboratory of the Technical University of Berlin.
Dr. Sascha Meskendahl oversees the company's entire growth from marketing and sales, to partnerships. Sascha previously led Blacklane’s Strategy, Planning and Analytics team, before leaving to found a real estate startup, then returning as CRO in April 2016. Before Blacklane, Sascha worked for nine years at Boston Consulting Group as a project leader with a focus on strategy and operations. He holds a PhD in Engineering in project portfolio management from the Technical University of Berlin, where he worked as a researcher. There, he led the largest European study on project portfolio management, comprised of more than 250 companies.
COO & CFO
Ralf Echtler 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 for 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 in business, logistics, and supply chain management from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh.
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