Our Team

Daniel Smeds

Founder and CEO

Before optile in 2004 he founded PAY.ON AG. Prior to that for 5 years he worked as technical director at Wirecard AG (TecDAX) and Teradata eCircle (S&P 500).

Manuel Sandhofer

SVP Sales and Partners

Manuel Sandhofer is responsible at optile for sales- and partner-management. After studying law at Ludwig-Maximilian-University Munich, Manuel worked for over ten years in banking, holding different positions at Unicredit Bank AG.

Julia Tschawdarow

VP Marketing and PR

Julia Tschawdarow is a marketing & communication expert in the fintech and start-up industry. At optile, Julia creates a communication and marketing strategy, develops content, and organises events. After studying Business Administration, she was responsible for PR & Marketing at the Berlin payment company RatePAY for 9 years. Since 2015, she has also been organising the annual conference Payment Exchange for Payment and banking.

Jonas Maurus

CTO

Jonas Maurus is in charge of optile’s IT-strategy and development. He holds a degree in Information Science and Business Engineering from the University of Regensburg and spent his career from 2000 to 2016 as a entrepreneur and consultant for banking, utilities and start-ups. He founded multiple companies active in video-on-demand and FinTech. As of 2017, Jonas joined optile as Chief Technology Officer.

Stefan Buck

CPO

Stefan has designed, built and run various product & delivery organizations and managed IT solutions for over 20 years in Payments, FinTech and Insure-Tech. He previously created and led Wirecard’s global credit card acquiring processing platform ecosystem and managed multiple co-located teams in various countries. Stefan joined optile for a new perspective to an open payments ecosystem and is excited to build fresh new products and help scale the organization.

Sebastian Kraiker

VP Integration Engineering

After his studies in media computer science at LMU Munich and technology management at CDTM (Center for Digital Technology and Management), Sebastian Kraiker worked in leading or founder positions in start-up and contractor companies, focusing on software development and product management.

Bo Maywald

Head of Customer Strategy

After joining optile, Bo Maywald built optile's customer strategy department as a customer centric information hub to monitor the payment market and advise companies in setting up optimal payment strategies. With his working experience in project management, his masters in IT & Management at the Technical University Munich and a sports career in sailing, he leads an interface team working in close collaboration with various departments.

Sandra Abbiss-Kalleder

VP People Operations

Having worked in HR roles for the past 18 years, Sandra brings a wealth of knowledge from her experience driving strategic HR projects and initiatives as well as change management across large organizations. Her mission at optile is to build an organizational infrastructure to support the company, help it achieve its business goals and integrate well into the Payoneer family.

Nele Krüger

Head of Controlling

As Head of Business Operations Nele Krüger is responsible for finance, accounting and employee management, including talent acquisition.
Nele joined optile after she completed her MSc in Technology Entrepreneurship at the University College London, specializing in fin-tech start-ups.

Vladimir Lyubitelev

Enterprise Architect

Vladimir Lyubitelev is an enterprise architect with over 15 years of experience in software design and development. His skill set includes system analysis, database modeling, software architecture, and development of web-based applications and n-tier systems with rich clients.

Alex Dereviago

Solutions Architect

Alex Dereviago joined optile as senior solutions architect. He is responsible for the development of the Open Payment Gateway, the high-performance payment server which provides the abstraction between merchants, payments, and payment networks for all payment processes.

Hermann Hill

Software Architect

As Software Architect at optile, Hermann Josef Hill is responsible for a multitude of software components that complement the central payment server. The systems for user authentication and access control might be the most important of those, but components to enhance security and systems for data analysis are also inside his area of responsibility.

Yvonne Enzinger

General Counsel

Yvonne Enzinger is General Counsel at optile and is responsible for our digital legal department, contracting and guidelines, and strategic legal advisement. Yvonne has more than 10 years experience as legal counsel for a listed telecommunications group and as a lawyer in IT and media law.

Anna Arteeva

Head of Product Design

Anna seeks to cultivate further excellence in optile's Design and user experience. Her technical and visual background, as well as broad experience in Product Design & Strategy allow her to to take an interdisciplinary approach to her work.

Daniel Smeds

Founder and CEO of optile GmbH

Before optile in 2004 he founded PAY.ON AG. Prior to that for 5 years he worked as technical director at Wirecard AG (TecDAX) and Teradata eCircle (S&P 500).

Julia Tschawdarow

Head of Marketing and PR

Julia Tschawdarow is a marketing & communication expert in the fintech and start-up industry. At optile, Julia creates a communication and marketing strategy, develops content, and organises events. After studying Business Administration, she was responsible for PR & Marketing at the Berlin payment company RatePAY for 9 years. Since 2015, she has also been organising the annual conference Payment Exchange for Payment and banking.

Stefan Buck

Chief Product Officer (CPO)

Stefan has designed, built and run various product & delivery organizations and managed IT solutions for over 20 years in Payments, FinTech and Insure-Tech. He previously created and led Wirecard’s global credit card acquiring processing platform ecosystem and managed multiple co-located teams in various countries. Stefan joined optile for a new perspective to an open payments ecosystem and is excited to build fresh new products and help scale the organization.

Bo Maywald

Head of Customer Strategy

After joining optile, Bo Maywald built optile's customer strategy department as a customer centric information hub to monitor the payment market and advise companies in setting up optimal payment strategies. With his working experience in project management, his masters in IT & Management at the Technical University Munich and a sports career in sailing, he leads an interface team working in close collaboration with various departments.

Nele Krüger

Head of Business Operations

As Head of Business Operations Nele Krüger is responsible for finance, accounting and employee management, including talent acquisition.
Nele joined optile after she completed her MSc in Technology Entrepreneurship at the University College London, specializing in fin-tech start-ups.

Alex Dereviago

Solutions Architect

Alex Dereviago joined optile as senior solutions architect. He is responsible for the development of the Open Payment Gateway, the high-performance payment server which provides the abstraction between merchants, payments, and payment networks for all payment processes.

Yvonne Enzinger

General Counsel

Yvonne Enzinger is General Counsel at optile and is responsible for our digital legal department, contracting and guidelines, and strategic legal advisement. Yvonne has more than 10 years experience as legal counsel for a listed telecommunications group and as a lawyer in IT and media law.

Manuel Sandhofer

VP Sales and Partners

Manuel Sandhofer is responsible at optile for sales- and partner-management. After studying law at Ludwig-Maximilian-University Munich, Manuel worked for over ten years in banking, holding different positions at Unicredit Bank AG.

Jonas Maurus

Chief Technology Officer

Jonas Maurus is in charge of optile’s IT-strategy and development. He holds a degree in Information Science and Business Engineering from the University of Regensburg and spent his career from 2000 to 2016 as a entrepreneur and consultant for banking, utilities and start-ups. He founded multiple companies active in video-on-demand and FinTech. As of 2017, Jonas joined optile as Chief Technology Officer.

Sebastian Kraiker

VP Sales Engineering

After his studies in media computer science at LMU Munich and technology management at CDTM (Center for Digital Technology and Management), Sebastian Kraiker worked in leading or founder positions in start-up and contractor companies, focusing on software development and product management.

Sandra Abbiss-Kalleder

Head of People Operations

Having worked in HR roles for the past 18 years, Sandra brings a wealth of knowledge from her experience driving strategic HR projects and initiatives as well as change management across large organizations. Her mission at optile is to build an organizational infrastructure to support the company, help it achieve its business goals and integrate well into the Payoneer family.

Vladimir Lyubitelev

Enterprise Architect

Vladimir Lyubitelev is an enterprise architect with over 15 years of experience in software design and development. His skill set includes system analysis, database modeling, software architecture, and development of web-based applications and n-tier systems with rich clients.

Hermann Hill

Software Architect

As Software Architect at optile, Hermann Josef Hill is responsible for a multitude of software components that complement the central payment server. The systems for user authentication and access control might be the most important of those, but components to enhance security and systems for data analysis are also inside his area of responsibility.

Anna Arteeva

Head of Product Design

Anna seeks to cultivate further excellence in optile's Design and user experience. Her technical and visual background, as well as broad experience in Product Design & Strategy allow her to to take an interdisciplinary approach to her work.

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