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 oustanding 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.
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.
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.
Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing
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.
Vice President of Sales, Americas
Mark Davis has been involved in sales and executive level sales management for analytical instrumentation in trace gas analysis and environmental monitoring since 1989. Before joining Picarro, he served as director of sales for the Hach Company, a division of Danaher Corporation. This group manufactures and distributes analytical instruments and reagents used to test the quality of water in municipal and industrial markets. Prior to that, he was vice president of North American operations for Orbisphere Laboratories, a division of the environmental water and waste management firm the Pennon Group. Davis received his B.S. in biological sciences from the University of Georgia and his M.S. in management of technology from Georgia Institute of Technology.
Vice President of Manufacturing
Jeff brings over 16 years of senior management experience in operations, sales and marketing. Prior to Picarro, Jeff was vice president of operations and administration at CardioDx, where he brought up manufacturing and the company infrastructure and meanwhile launched a gene expression test for cardiovascular disease. Before that Jeff was vice president of operations at Peak Surgical, where he developed manufacturing and commercialized the Pulsar RF Surgery line. Jeff also ran worldwide manufacturing for Siemens Ultrasound and Stryker Endoscopy. Jeff began his career at Stryker in sales and then ran a marketing group. Jeff graduated from the United States Military Academy, West Point, with a B.S. in general engineering. Upon graduation Jeff served as an officer and helicopter pilot in the US Army.
Jan Willem Poelmann
Vice President of International, EMEA and APAC
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.
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.
Vice President of Engineering
Subra brings to Picarro more than two decades of engineering and R&D expertise from the life sciences, semiconductor and high technology instrumentation markets. Before joining Picarro, he was at Artium Technologies Inc., which he co-founded and where he served as vice president of engineering, with responsibilities ranging from the development of advanced particle characterization instrumentation to business strategy. Prior to Artium, he was the senior director of engineering at Illumina Inc., where he led the instrument development and consumable engineering activities related to next generation DNA sequencers. Subra’s work at Illumina enabled the company to dominate the high-throughput sequencing market and revolutionize genomics research and clinical diagnostics. Subra also held senior operations and engineering positions at KLA-Tencor and Schlumberger, Ltd. He has a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley.
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.