Founded in 2007, Bongo International started as a package forwarding service for international consumers who wanted to purchase items from US-based websites that did not offer international shipping. Bongo provided customers with access to these retailers through a US address, and forwarded their packages from Bongo’s distribution center to over 220 countries and territories worldwide. Today, Bongo has five distribution centers – on each US coast, the UK, Belgium and Peru – and has over 200,000 international consumers across the globe.
As Bongo grew, they saw a need to address the B2B side of the equation, developing Global eCommerce Solutions for online merchants who wanted to grow their international presence. Bongo offers safe, end to end solutions that allow eRetailers to easily expand into global markets. These solutions provide a seamless, localized experience for consumers, automatically displaying the checkout page in their language, accepting their preferred payment methods, and showing prices in their local currency. Additionally, they offer eRetailers the ability to display total landed cost which leads to price transparency at time of checkout. Bongo’s solutions have been pre-integrated within a number of popular shopping cart platforms for quick implementation.
Bongo International quickly established itself as a leader in cross-border enablement technologies and solutions, and as of December 2014, was acquired by FedEx. Going forward, Bongo will operate as a subsidiary of FedEx Trade Networks, further expanding their portfolio of offerings in the rapidly growing global e-commerce marketplace. Read More
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Bongo Management Team
Craig Turnbull – Managing Director
Craig Turnbull is the Chief Executive Officer and founder of Bongo International. He has over 10 years of experience in global logistics and management. In addition to sales and support functions for the Express Delivery industry, he has extensive background in operations management and technology infrastructure supporting international airfreight logistics. Prior to founding Bongo International, Craig worked with a variety of large multinational firms improving operational efficiency.
Craig is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and holds a BA in Business Management from the University of Colorado.
Federico Lara – Managing Director
Prior to joining Bongo International, Federico worked for the Coca-Cola Corporation as the Web Producer at Vitaminwater and Powerade. Along with managing web properties and internet advertising initiatives, he developed strong marketing and brand partnerships between celebrities & sports figures including Alicia Keys, Tom Brady and Jennifer Aniston, and web 2.0 leaders Twitter, Facebook and Google.
Federico is a Technologist, a title he acquired from his work as project leader at both the MIT Media Lab and IBM Watson Research Center. He holds a BA in Music Business and Management from Berklee College of Music in Boston and studied Finance and International Business at Harvard Extension School.
Greg Sack – Managing Director
Greg Sack joined Bongo International in 2008 as a Co-Founder to lead the international sales strategy and product development. Over the past three years, his direction in the areas of Sales, Marketing and Logistics resulted in the international expansion of over 1,400 US eCommerce businesses.
Greg has over 13 years experience in the logistics industry, holding Sales and Sales Management positions with DHL, Airborne Express, and UPS. Greg holds a BA in Marketing and Management from Sienna College.
Carsten Vennemann – General Manager Europe
Carsten Vennemann is the European General Manager of Bongo International. Prior to joining Bongo, Mr. Vennemann spent over ten years practicing European law focusing on the many aspects of international commerce. Carsten is a German-qualified lawyer and is responsible for driving the strategic growth in the European Union.
Carsten has studied at the universities of Heidelberg (Germany) and Sienna (Italy). He holds a Master’s degree in European law, politics and economy from the European College in Parma (Italy). Carsten speaks German, English, Spanish, Italian and French.
Rommel Samanez Carillo – General Manager South America
Rommel Samanez Carillo is the South American General Manager of Bongo International based in Lima, Peru. Prior to joining Bongo Rommel worked as both Professor and head of Lontec Science Labs at The Catholic University in Lima where he focused on mobile communications and holds 10 patents for mobile-to-electronics data and security transmissions. Rommel is both an Electrical and Systems Engineer and holds a Doctorate in Computer Science from The Catholic University in Lima, Peru.
Gregory Unger – Vice President Of Sales
Gregory Unger is the Vice President of Sales responsible for Bongo International’s Checkout and Export (formerly Connect) Product offerings. Gregory’s team is focused on the merchant and consumer experience connecting buyers and sellers across the world by providing innovative fulfillment and delivery solutions that provide clarity to a very complex global trade and customs environment. Greg has over 8 years experience managing teams and delivery solutions to the market place. Including 5 years of experience as an Advertising Consultant in Northern Florida. Greg holds a Bachelors Degree in Communication from the University of Tampa.
Gregory joined Bongo International in December of 2008 and has not only managed product launches and campaigns but has been part of the core development team focusing on tailoring our product offering to specific problems in the global eCommerce market. Greg has been promoted within the organization for his ability to identify and proactively challenge and deliver solutions to improve our customers experience on both sides of international eCommerce transaction.
Jennean Morrison – Director Of eCommerce
Jennean Morrison is the Director of eCommerce for Bongo International’s Extend service offering and based in Tampa, Florida. In addition to managing the Extend product, Jennean is also responsible for leading internet advertising campaigns across multiple Bongo platforms and the design and development of social media outreach. After attending the University of South Florida where she studied Journalism and Graphic Design, Jennean spent 7 years working in advertising and marketing campaigns for the NFL, DuPont and CBS. She has broad experience delivering advertising across a broad spectrum of products and services to multiple target audiences.
Jennean has brought unique experience to the Bongo Management team and is part of the steering committee directing Bongo’s advertising efforts to new markets. She has been directly responsible for new campaigns in our larger target markets and directly responsible for industry recognized unique advertising campaigns.