Mr. Mathews serves as chief executive officer and chairman of the board of Near. Mr. Mathews is the founder of Near and has been serving as CEO of Near since November 2012, leading and developing Near’s short-term and long-term growth and operational strategy, and creating and implementing Near’s vision and mission. Mr. Mathews has spent the past 22 years as a serial entrepreneur and has built successful businesses around engineering, messaging, and social. He is passionate about creating new market companies with a strategic vision and technology capability that can provide substantial growth. Prior to Near, Mr. Mathews served as CEO at Imere and Netkode, both tech-driven companies. Mr. Mathews is also an advisor and investor to numerous startups across the globe.
Mr. Shukla serves as president of Near. Mr. Shukla joined Near in 2013. Over the past decade, Mr. Shukla has worked at Near as chief revenue officer and more recently as president. Prior to joining Near, Mr. Shukla worked at InMobi as part of their business development team in Asia. Mr. Shukla also worked with Qualcomm, Morgan Stanley, and IBM. Mr. Shukla has a Master's degree from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, and a Bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, BHU.
Mr. Agarwal serves as the chief financial officer of Near. He joined Near in February 2015 as vice president of finance at their Bangalore (India) office and was appointed chief financial officer in 2016. He has been instrumental in driving the company’s organic and inorganic growth across existing and new markets. Prior to joining Near, he served as head of finance, North America at InMobi Inc. Mr. Agarwal began his career as an accountant with PwC in India. Mr. Agarwal received his MBA in finance and strategy from the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (India) and a Bachelor of Commerce degree in finance and accounting from Calcutta University.
Ms. Kong has served as the chief operating officer of Near since 2021. Ms. Kong joined Near in April 2021 as CEO of Near North America. Prior to joining Near, she served as CEO ofUberMedia from September 2015 to April 2021 and as chief technology officer from 2012 to 2015. Prior to 2012, Ms. Kong was the chief executive officer of GoInteractive, Inc., a company she founded. Before that, Ms. Kong held senior positions at Idealab and its operating companies since joining in 1999. She is currently on the board of directors for Stellar Lago, a customer cloud platform for the Sports and Live Audience industries, and also serves on the board of trustees for Yo San University, a nonprofit organization that educates students to become exceptional practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Taoist healing arts. Ms. Kong holds a B.S. degree in engineering and applied science from the California Institute of Technology and an M.S. degree in computer science from UCLA.