Passport zooms ahead to hiring vision with VP of product and VP of engineering

Cage, Mapes will help drive innovation, product initiatives

Charlotte, N.C. (May 15, 2018) Passport announces the hiring of Meredith Cage and Duncan Mapes, the newest staff leaders for the world’s leader in mobile payments in the transportation industry. Cage is the company’s vice president of product and Mapes is the vice president of engineering.

These recruitment efforts are a part of Passport’s initiatives to hire at least 50 employees this year since raising the $43 million Series C investment from Bain Capital Ventures in December. At that time, the company began aggressively seeking the best talent to meet the needs of clients, expand its global reach, and accelerate product growth and innovation. Thus far, the company has added more than 20 team members.

Most recently, Cage served as the senior vice president of product strategy and analytics at PeraHealth. After earning her MBA from Harvard Business School, Meredith joined Johnson & Johnson where she led global product and marketing initiatives to commercialize innovative technology. Her earlier roles include a wide range of operational, consulting and financial positions at KPMG and BearingPoint.

“Meredith’s experience will help us further concentrate on our client-focused product development. Her tactical approach to business will allow Passport to meet our clients’ needs in both the short- and long-term,” said Bob Youakim, Passport CEO. “Meredith’s strong background in leading product teams in fast-growing organizations will help propel Passport in the years ahead. We’re laying the groundwork now for the possibilities to come.”

Duncan comes onboard from Bank of America, where he worked as the platforms and development operations senior technology manager. Duncan led the development and operationalization of a custom enterprise delivery platform. He also spearheaded the efforts that redefined the processes and automation for one of the top most trafficked websites in America.  

“Duncan will be a great asset for our engineering team. He is skilled at recruiting, team building, communicating ideas and execution. He’ll work closely with Meredith to get our products out the door,” said Passport Chief Technology Officer, Brad Powers.

Passport currently has more than 100 employees and has been named one of the fastest growing companies in Charlotte by the Charlotte Business Journal since 2016. The company is now hiring for product managers, product designers, software engineers and many more positions. For more information about these employment opportunities and more, go to


Passport transforms the way cities manage their operations. The fintech company’s mobile-first platform has been adopted by more than 450 cities, universities, and private operators around the world in cities including Chicago, Toronto, London, and Miami, across more than 5,000 locations. Passport’s product lines —– parking, transit and tolling payments, parking enforcement, and permit management —– enable organizations in the public and private sectors to streamline their operations, enhance customer service, and make data-driven decisions. Consistently recognized as one of the fastest growing companies and Best Places to Work in Charlotte, North Carolina, Passport has an ingrained practice of putting People First —– a guiding principle in its Culture.

Passport is backed by a group of investors, including Bain Capital Ventures, Grotech Ventures, MK Capital and Relevance Capital. Learn more, or get in touch with Passport at


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