Founder, President & Chief Executive Officer
Travis VanderZanden is the President, Founder, and Chief Executive Officer of Bird Global. Prior to founding Bird Rides Inc., Mr. VanderZanden held several leadership positions in the ride-sharing and transportation industries, serving as Chief Operating Officer of Lyft and as a Vice President at Uber. He is also the founder of Cherry, an on-demand car washing company, which was acquired by Lyft and was also the Chief Revenue Officer and first hire at Yammer, a business software company acquired by Microsoft. Mr. VanderZanden has long been inspired to work on last-mile transportation solutions in large part because of his lifelong admiration for his mother, who drove a public bus for more than 30 years in his home state of Wisconsin. Mr. VanderZanden has an MBA from the University of Southern California and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire.
Chief Financial Officer
Yibo Ling is the Chief Financial Officer of Bird Global. He also previously served as the company’s Vice President of Business and Corporate Development. Mr. Ling oversees all accounting, tax, treasury, financial planning, and analysis functions. Prior to joining Bird Rides Inc. in 2018, he spent four years in the ride-sharing industry as Uber’s Director of Corporate Development, managing corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions, and the company's global expansion to China. Mr. Ling previously worked as a Project Leader at Boston Consulting Group, where he helped technology and financial services clients operate more efficiently. Mr. Ling has a PhD in Medical and Electrical Engineering and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as well as a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Michigan.
Chief Communications Officer
Rebecca Hahn is the Chief Communications Officer at Bird Global. She also previously served as the company’s Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer. Ms. Hahn directs all national and global communications, corporate social responsibility, brand, and marketing efforts. She leads the management of Bird’s external vision and oversees all communication touch points, including media relations, community engagement, and social media marketing. Prior to joining Bird Rides Inc. in 2018, Ms. Hahn was a partner at The OutCast Agency for ten years. She established the company’s Los Angeles-based office and led teams to develop and implement integrated media and marketing strategies. Previously, Ms. Hahn was Director of Oracle’s Corporate Communications team, where she managed global communications campaigns. Ms. Hahn received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California at Davis.
William S. Rushforth
Chief Vehicle Officer
William S. Rushforth is the Chief Vehicle Officer of Bird Global. He also previously served as the company’s Vice President of Engineering and Executive Vice President of Vehicles. As Chief Vehicle Officer, Mr. Rushforth oversees everything pertaining to Bird’s vehicles, including hardware, software, firmware, and field engineering, as well as supply chain and logistics, vendor management, vehicle operations, security, and information technology. From 2005 to 2021, Mr. Rushforth was a partner at 0x7a69 Inc., a software development business, where he led a team of engineers building a variety of products and services for clients, ranging from video streaming platforms to credit card processing programs. Prior to joining Bird Rides Inc. in 2017, he was a technical consultant for cloud operations and a hardware consultant for Fortune 500 and major tech companies.
Chief Operating Officer
Shane Torchiana is the Chief Operating Officer of Bird Global. He also previously served in various roles at the company, most recently as Senior Vice President of Corporate Development & Strategy. As Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Torchiana is responsible for overseeing all aspects of Bird’s sharing business, including city growth, policy, data and analytics, central ops, Fleet Manager relations, and city ops. Before joining Bird in 2018, Mr. Torchiana spent 8 years at Boston Consulting Group (BCG) where he led client engagements in data and analytics, strategy, and transformation efforts. Prior to BCG, he worked in global macro investing at Eaton Vance, a subsidiary of Morgan Stanley Investment Management. He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and MFin (Master of Finance) from MIT Sloan.
General Counsel and Secretary
Lisa Murison is the General Counsel and Secretary of Bird Global. She is responsible for overseeing the company’s legal affairs, including corporate governance, business transactions, labor and employment, litigation, regulatory matters, compliance, and intellectual property. Prior to joining Bird Rides Inc. in 2021, Ms. Murison served as an executive officer of Edmunds.com, Inc. since 2016. As Executive Vice President of Operations and Chief Legal & People Officer at Edmunds.com Inc., she led the company’s legal and human resources departments, as well as the facilities, procurement, and corporate development functions. From 2014 to 2017, she was a Shareholder of Stradling, Yocca, Carlson & Rauth. Prior to that, she spent the first ten years of her career in the New York and Los Angeles offices of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. Ms. Murison holds a B.A. and LL.B. from the University of Cape Town and an LL.M. from Harvard Law School.