Leadership Team

Leadership Team

Alex Balkanski

President and CEO

Alex Balkanski is a long-time industry leader with a demonstrated track record of delivering growth in revenue and profits, while achieving recognition for outstanding customer satisfaction. Prior to joining Picarro, Alex was a managing partner at Benchmark and served as a member of the Picarro Board of Directors. Alex led C-Cube and DiviCom, two pioneering companies that drove the MPEG standard to dominance in consumer electronics and broadcasting. Alex founded C-Cube in 1988. In 1994, he took the company public, and in 1998 he orchestrated C-Cube’s acquisition of DiviCom. Previously, he was a board member of Ambarella (AMBA), Decru (acquired by Network Appliance), Entrisphere (acquired by Ericsson), and Infinera (INFN). Alex holds a Ph.D. and M.S. from Harvard University, as well as a B.S. from Harvard College.

Eric Crosson

Chief Technical Officer

Prior to joining Picarro in 1999, Eric held research positions at Stanford University, including senior research associate at the High Energy Physics Laboratory (HEPL), where he directed research in the areas of medical applications, accelerator science, solid-state/surface science, molecular materials/chemistry, biophysics, and free electron laser science. At Stanford, Eric developed a number of key cavity ring-down spectroscopy techniques. Eric has been a project manager at the Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory at Duke University, where he helped lead the design and construction of an atomic beam polarized ion source. Eric received his Ph.D. in nuclear physics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Laura Perrone

Chief Financial Officer / Chief Operating Officer

Laura Perrone has extensive experience leading technology companies across multiple industries through rapid growth and expansion. Prior to joining Picarro in November, 2011, Laura was Senior Vice President and CFO of Omneon (acquired by Harmonic in 2010), a maker of technology products for digital media distribution, management and storage. Prior to Omneon, Perrone held CFO roles at software and chip design companies Icarian (acquired by Workstream) and Rendition (acquired by Micron Technologies). Laura has a B.S. in Applied Economics from the University of San Francisco.

Brenda Glaze

Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Energy

Brenda Glaze brings two decades of industrial, networking, computing and consumer customer sales success to Picarro. She has extensive experience in building and managing world class field and marketing organizations, as well as successful experience in the startup environment. Most recently, Brenda served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Dust Networks (acquired by Linear Technology), establishing them as the market leader for 802.15.4 wireless sensor networks, driving M2M communications and the Internet of Things for many end markets. Prior to that, Brenda held the positions as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Chelsio Communications, Vice President of Worldwide Sales for C-Cube Microsystems, and a variety of sales management positions with VLSI Technology (acquired by Philips Semiconductor). Brenda has a B.S in Business Management from Arizona State University.

Chris Brozek

Vice President of Manufacturing

Chris is an experienced business and technical leader with a history of scaling global operations, developing strong teams, building collaborative relationships and delivering consistent business results. Prior to joining Picarro, Chris served as VP Operations at Violin Memory, where his role encompassed Manufacturing, Service, Sales Engineering and IT. Prior to Violin, Chris was VP Operations for Arch Rock Corporation and has held senior operations and manufacturing positions at Omneon, Inc. and Cisco Systems. Prior to industry, Chris had a distinguished career in the U.S. Navy, serving as Submarine Officer, Lieutenant and qualified as a Nuclear Submarine Engineer. Chris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Santa Clara University.

Jan Willem Poelmann

Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Science

Jan Willem Poelmann joined Picarro to lead the company's European sales and operations. Jan Willem previously was with Juniper Networks, where he was responsible for their Service Provider Alliance business in EMEA from 2005-2010. Prior to Juniper, Jan Willem held various executive sales and marketing positions at Dell, Corvis Corporation, and Nortel Networks. Jan Willem received his B.A. and M.B.A. from Erasmus University in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

 

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Tim Clark

Vice President of Business Development, Energy

Tim’s expertise in the energy sector has been honed from 17 years in both the petroleum and natural gas industries, where he held leadership roles in operations, engineering, and construction. Most recently, Tim was the special project manager for Pacific Gas and Electric with The Spear Group, Inc. Prior to his role at Spear, Tim was the director of project management and entitlements at a real estate investment trust in New York City. Tim also served as the vice president of construction at FC Development Group LLC. Tim graduated from the University of Delaware with his B.S. in mechanical engineering. He also holds an executive master's of engineering in management of technology from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton Business School and the School of Engineering and Applied Science.

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Alan Cherry

Vice President of Human Resources

Alan brings to Picarro over 25 years of professional experience gained in Asia, Europe and North America. Before joining Picarro, he was the senior director of human resources at Tesla Motors, where he served during a period of explosive growth at the company, hiring over 1,000 new employees during a two-year period and building Tesla’s human resources programs and facilities from the ground up. Prior to Tesla, Alan was the vice president of human resources at Symyx Technologies, a scientific R&D integration partner to companies in the life sciences, chemicals, energy, electronics and consumer products industries. Alan also held senior management positions at Hewlett Packard, Nortel, Autodesk and Network Appliance. Alan received his post-graduate diploma in human resources from Middlesex University and his graduate degree in business from Dorset University.