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.

Laura Perrone

Chief Financial 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.

Jan Willem Poelmann

Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Science

Jan Willem Poelmann is responsible for all Global Sales & Marketing activities of our scientific instruments business. He has extensive experience in international sales, marketing, alliance and partnership management of innovative high technology products in fast pace, public as well as start-up environments.

Before moving to our headquarters in Santa Clara, Jan Willem lead Picarro’s - European and Asia Pacific 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.


Stacy Hong

Senior Vice President, Engineering

Stacy has extensive experience in building high-performing global teams in delivering scalable innovative Enterprise products. She has a keen focus in gaining insight to customer's use cases and competitive market to effectively drive a collaborative product portfolio strategy. Prior to joining Picarro, Stacy served as VP of Engineering at ArcSight, part of the Enterprise Security Business of HP post acquisition, where she led a globally distributed R&D team delivering best-of-class Security products.

Throughout Stacy's career with Novell, Camstar, VMWare, ArcSight, and HP, Stacy held numerous Executive and Senior leadership roles across multiple industries in Networking, Manufacturing, Virtualization, and Security. She had directed development and operations of multiple strategic product lines and key enabling technologies in a dynamic and fast-paced environment.

Stacy graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science at UC Berkeley.


Tony Banta

Vice President, Operations

Tony Banta previously served as senior vice president of manufacturing operations at Calix, Inc. (NYSE: CALX) and overall spent eight years in manufacturing and operations at Calix. From September 1995 to June 2005, Mr. Banta served in various capacities at Cisco, including vice president of worldwide operations. From March 1993 to September 1995, Mr. Banta served as vice president of manufacturing at Grand Junction Networks, Inc. Previously, Mr. Banta served in senior management positions, including vice president of manufacturing at Vitalink Communications Corporation and Teledyne MEC. Mr. Banta holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Golden Gate University, a Master of Science Degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Wichita State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautics from San Jose State College. Mr. Banta also served ten years in the United States Air Force.