The Team

Daniel Smeds
Daniel SmedsCEO and Founder
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).
Manuel Sandhofer
Manuel SandhoferVP 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.
Evgenia Rud
Evgenia RudHead of Marketing and Sales Communcations
Evgenia Rud has profound experience in b2b marketing with extensive cross-cultural exposure, working for leading tech companies. At optile she is responsible for the marketing strategy, company image, and presence.
Before joining optile, Evgenia worked for a number of successful enterprises: TNS Global market research (Kantar), Kaspersky Lab, and Sugar CRM.
Jonas Maurus
Jonas MaurusChief Technology Officer
Jonas Maurus is in charge 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
Sebastian KraikerVP Product Management
After his studies in media computer science at LMU Munich and technology management at CDTM (Center for Digital Technology and Management), he worked in leading or founder positions in start-up and contractor companies, focusing on software development and product management.

Nele Krüger
Nele KrügerHead 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, specialising in fin-tech start-ups.
Vladimir Lyubitelev
Vladimir LyubitelevEnterprise 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
Alex DereviagoSolutions 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
Hermann HillSoftware 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.
optilioSuper Intelligent Payment Specialist
optilio is a super-intelligent robot. He follows eagerly the trends and development of the payment world and brings the expertise to the company. He knows all programming languages, 13 human languages and still learns more. He is passionate about hiking, skiing, snowboarding and travelling.