Management & Board Members

Frank Coccia - Founder

Frank Coccia, founder of PUDO Inc., has over 30 years of entrepreneurial business experience in the transportation and logistics industry. He founded and developed national courier distribution systems for niche industries in Canada the United Kingdom and Ireland, specializing in the insurance, financial, legal, travel and health industries. Frank’s wealth of knowledge, and high-level business contacts, have led him to work with some of Canada's, and the world’s, leading publicly traded and private companies. He has lent his expertise to such companies as Canada Post Corp., Royal Mail International, ICS Canada, ICS UK, DHL, UPS, FedEx, International Air Transport Association (UK & Geneva), Symcor, Scotia Bank Group, Sunlife/Clarica, AXA Insurance, Chubb Ins., The DX – Hays PLC Document Exchange UK and Business Post PLC.

Kurtis Arnold – Director

Kurtis Arnold began his career as an Air Traffic Controller (ATC). He's one of a small group of people who have demonstrated the ability to work under the pressure of guiding aircraft that are carrying tens of thousands of people every day to and from busy airports. With just six years experience, Kurtis was hand picked to lead the biggest project his company had undertook in more than 20 years. Kurtis first learned about the technology in modern aircraft, then worked with teams to build a new "road map" for air traffic. The design had to work for the US Military, Canadian Military, US Air Traffic Control, Canadian Air Traffic Control and save the airlines money. Working with these teams to craft the design was just the first step. Then, Kurtis was responsible to make sure that the more than 8,000 changes were published accurately and on schedule. At the same he had to oversee that more than 800 Air Traffic Controllers received the training they needed to be ready to work with the new highways in the sky. When the switch was flipped, the Controllers were ready, the system worked safely, and the airlines realized the savings. With that project wrapped up, Kurtis came to PUDO ready to take on a new challenge; focusing the business plan, building the PUDOpoint network and making it available to the e-commerce industry.

Doug Baker - CFO

Mr. Baker, CFO, Certified Public Accountant (CPA), has both a Bachelors and Masters’ degree in Business Administration. Prior to joining PUDO, Mr. Baker was the CFO of a small privately held company within a large regional CPA firm and has also held the position of divisional controller for a large publicly held company.

Matthew McDonough – VP Business Development

Matthew McDonough currently serves as Vice President, Network Development for PUDO Inc. In this capacity, he forges partnerships with domestic and international courier companies, dealers, and e-commerce organizations serving PUDO's business model. Mr. McDonough brings more than 25 years executive experience from domestic and global transportation companies. Most recently, Mr. McDonough held the position of President and Managing Director, North and Central America, for TNT Express. During his 15 years with TNT Express, Mr. McDonough contributed significantly to the operational and financial success of this business unit. Prior to his role as President, Mr. McDonough held several operational positions at TNT Express, including Vice President Operations - Americas Region, Vice President Operations - North America, and Vice President Operations - United States.

Mr. McDonough served in the U.S. Navy as a Lieutenant in the engineering department on board USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2) and was honorably discharged in 1989.

Chris McMullen – VP Finance

Chris was most recently the CFO at Livingston International, an international trade compliance provider, with over 3,500 employees in North America and across the world. He was involved in Livingston’s IPO in 2002 and led the transition of the company from a private equity ownership model to a publicly traded firm listed on the TSX until Livingston went private again in 2010. Over his career, Chris has been responsible for the finance, accounting, treasury, taxation, legal, shared services and corporate governance functions as well as IT and regional sales and business operations. During Chris’ tenure, most of which he was CFO, Livingston implemented various organic growth initiatives and completed over a dozen acquisitions, resulting in EBITDA growth in excess of 10x over a period of 15 years. He has a reputation as a trustworthy professional who acts with integrity in dealings with employees, clients, lenders, analysts and investors.

Richard Cooper - Chairman

Mr. Cooper is a serial entrepreneur who began with a part time technology business in 1978. In the nearly 40 years since, Mr. Cooper has proven his capabilities in fields as diverse as real estate, logistics, adventure games and aviation. Mr. Cooper got involved in the logistics business when he took over the operation of a small courier company with revenues of $5oo,ooo that had losses far in excess of its revenue. He quickly turned it into a profitable business. Today, Cardinal Couriers operates Canada's largest unattended courier network with annual revenues of approximately $50 Milllion. When paint ball was in its infancy, he worked on the development of the first repeating paint ball gun, and water soluble paint balls. This company, The Adventure Company, became the dominant global player with franchises across Canada, the US, Europe and Australia. Mr. Cooper still holds patents on a number of technology solutions for the transportation and logistics industries, and when time permits continues to enjoy operating his helicopter and jets for business and pleasure.

Tom Bijou - Director

Mr Bijou has been active in technology ventures throughout his business career Following a 10 year career at General Electric where his most recent position was President of several software subsidiaries, he has been involved in several high growth successful ventures as founder, board member or lead financier. Mr Bijou was also the co-founder of Tigon, President of the operating subsidiary of Aegis Communications Group, Chairman and lead financier of Knowledge Communications, lead financier of Freestone System and Chief Executive Officer of Applied Nanotech Holdings.

Murray Cook - Director

Mr. Cook was the founding CEO of Emaar Properties, UAE, one of the world’s largest development companies. Murray developed the Dubai West Side Marina in the Middle East. The project is now home to the world’s tallest building. He has developed project valued in the billions of dollars while providing an excellent return for the company’s shareholders. As Executive Vice President, of BC Place, Murray directed the re-development of over 20% of downtown Vancouver, including infrastructure and preparation for the World’s Fair. The province of British Columbia asked Mr. Cook to mastermind the financial restructuring of Whistler Land Company.
He is joint founder and President of Northrup Development inc. Murray is an active pilot having obtained his commercial multi engine pilots license. Murray’s background includes numerous board positions for various Canadian and International organizations; Board Member Whistler Land Corporation, Board Member Vancouver Convention Centre, Commisioner – Vancouver Worlds Fair, Board Member Mississauga Living Arts Center, Advisor to Private International Investment Funds.

Howard Westerman - Director

Mr. Westerman earned his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Sociology from Benedictine College in 1975. Mr. Westerman joined J-W Energy Company, an energy development and energy services company, in 1978 as a Corporate Administrator. During his years with J-W Energy Company, Mr. Westerman was involved in every area of the business including well servicing, gathering, measurement, compression and exploration and production. In 1999, Mr. Westerman was appointed Chief Executive Officer and Chairman.
He currently serves on the boards of numerous charities, including the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Benedictine College as well as the boards of Peerless Manufacturing Company, Vintage Bank and Pen

Ian MacDougall - Director

Mr. McDougall has over 30 years experience in the aviation industry.  Past positions include chief executive officer and accountable executive positions in three Toronto based commercial aircraft operating companies and later as group chairman of a consortium of operating, maintenance, leasing and services companies.  Additionally, Mr. McDougall is the former C.E.O. of Learjet Canada and a former member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Business Aviation Association (2005-2009).
A lawyer by training, Ian has provided a wide range of professional commercial and strategic advice and negotiation assistance in support of acquisitions and financing along with extensive professional M&A experience in North America, Europe and Southeast Asia. Clients have included investment dealers, merchant banks and mezzanine financial suppliers, domestic and international aerospace companies and more.
Ian studied at Harvard Law School, Osgoode Hall Law School, and Simon Fraser University.  He was the director of the joint Osgoode-Shulich JD/MBA Program from 1994-2006 and was the Lecturer on the Law of Corporate Governance and Advanced Corporate Finance from 1986-2004 at the law school.