Ray Ghanbari

Ray Ghanbari

San Diego’s SmartDrive Systems has hired Ray Ghanbari as its chief technology officer.

SmartDrive Systems, whose monitoring technology is used to improve the efficiency and safety of commercial transportation, employs nearly 600 employees worldwide.

Ghanbari was previously vice president of product development for FICO. He has also worked as executive vice president of strategy and products for Vital Images, as CTO for the Ingenix division of UnitedHealth Group and as CTO for the performance marketing division of Yahoo, SmartDrive Systems said.

He has a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of Illinois-Urbana, a master's degree in physics from Cambridge University in England and a doctorate in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), according to the company.

"With remarkable breadth and depth of experience—as an entrepreneur, creative thinker and technology thought leader across complex platforms and applications—Ray Ghanbari is ideally suited to help SmartDrive drive the next era of major industry innovation, in which intelligent data-driven analytics will enhance virtually every aspect of transportation operations," said Steve Mitgang, CEO of SmartDrive. "The pace of change in our market is only going to accelerate.”