Meet Our Team

  • Peter Baumann

    Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder

  • Peter Baumann is a business builder who cut his teeth in the electronic publishing industry at Bureau van Dijk, Standard & Poor’s Global Markets, and several start-ups. He has 25+ years international experience in high growth finance and technology industries. Peter was the 2019 Developing Entrepreneur winner at the prestigious Enterprise Awards and the runner up in 2018. Peter started his career in electrical engineering before pivoting to global information services. Following an enthralling period in the dot.com space he co-founded two other businesses before ActiveNav in 2008. During his career Peter has lived and worked in the USA, Brussels, Paris, and the Libyan Desert.

  • Rich Hale

    Chief Technology Officer

  • Rich Hale is the Chief Technology Officer of ActiveNav where he focuses on developing their market leading File Analysis software. Rich spent 16 years as a Royal Air Force Engineer Officer deployed around the world. His career in the Royal Air Force not only spanned over a decade, but also numerous countries including the US, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Canada. He is a product and information evangelist, with experience hard won through many years’ developing information governance programs in enterprise and government agencies. Rich holds a B.Eng. Honors Degree in Aeronautical Engineering from London University, as well as an MBA from the British Open University.

  • Dean Gonsowski, Esq.

    Chief Revenue Officer

  • As a former litigator/GC/AGC, Dean Gonsowski has a proven track record of accelerating the rapid development of high growth, venture backed software companies (such as Relativity/kCura, Clearwell/Veritas, Recommind/Opentext). Dean is a seasoned professional with the ability to build/manage teams, run P&Ls in executive leadership roles including Sales, Strategy, Business Development, Marketing, and Professional Services. He is a strategic thinker and change agent able to recognize nascent market trends, synthesize competitive positioning, formulate go-to-market plans, and execute on market-making activities. Dean is also an industry recognized evangelist, thought leader and speaker, with the proven ability to generate compelling content, deliver it dynamically, and build communities. Dean has a JD from the University of San Diego School of Law and a B.S. from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  

  • Christian Geyer

    Chief Financial and Operations Officer

  • Christian Geyer is ActiveNav’s Chief Financial and Operations Officer and is responsible for finance, accounting, legal, human resources, professional services, and overall business operations. Christian has more than 20 years of experience as a finance and operations executive at organizations of all sizes in both the public and private sector. Christian holds a dual B.S. in Business Administration and Accounting as well as an MBA, both from Liberty University.

Our Board of Directors

  • Trevor Hope

    Partner at Mobeus Equity Partners

  • Trevor is a Partner at Mobeus Equity Partners, responsible for developing and leading its growth capital investment strategy. He also co-leads fundraising for its VCT funds. For over 20 years, Trevor has invested in fast-growing businesses at the series A stage and beyond. Trevor’s previous Board appointments include Paragon Software, Mondus.com, Cambridge Industries, Southnews PLC, Achilles Group, MyOptique, Fjordnet, ILG Digital, Celebrus Technologies, Big Data Partnership and Preservica. He was previously Chief Investment Officer at Beringea, an international venture capital firm, an investor at 3i PLC and at The Royal Bank of Scotland, in the Corporate & Institutional Banking Division.

  • John O’Connell

    Chairman of the Board, ScaleUp Group

  • Recognized as one of Europe’s top technology entrepreneurs, John is the Non-Executive Chairman of ActiveNav. John was founder, Chairman and CEO of workflow and business process management software company, Staffware Plc. The company grew as a publicly listed company before it was sold in 2004 for $250 million to Tibco Software Inc. John is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants and was recognized as a Master of Information Technology by AIIM International. He co-authored the book ‘Mastering Your Organization’s Processes’, published by Cambridge University Press.

  • Peter Vardigans

    Co-Founder & Executive Chairman, Magi Aviation Capital

  • Peter has been a Non-Executive Director of ActiveNav since 2003, and is the company’s former Chairman. His business experience spans more than 35 years. After an early finance career in industry, he co-founded Babcock & Brown in London in 1983, later becoming UK Chief Executive and an international partner of the firm. He now acts as an advisor and Non-Executive Director for a range of technology and asset finance businesses.

Our forward-looking leadership team is made up of dynamic, dedicated, and experienced executives. Their collective talent comes together to make a difference for all our stakeholders – employees, partners, investors and customers.