Leadership Team

Leadership Team

Alex Balkanski

President and CEO

Alex Balkanski is an industry leader with a demonstrated record of delivering growth in revenue and profits in tandem with outstanding customer satisfaction. Prior to joining Picarro, Alex was a managing partner at Benchmark Capital and served on the board of directors at Picarro. 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 Chief Financial Officer 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 global sales and marketing activities for our scientific instruments business. He has experience in international sales, marketing, alliance and partnership management of innovative high technology products in public as well as start-up environments. Before moving to 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 the 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 to deliver scalable innovative enterprise products. Prior to joining Picarro, Stacy served as Vice President of Engineering at ArcSight, part of the enterprise security business of Hewlett Packard, where she led a global R&D team in delivering best-of-class security products. Stacy has held numerous executive and senior roles in networking, manufacturing, virtualization, and security at companies including Novell, Camstar, VMWare, ArcSight, and Hewlett Packard. Stacy graduated with a B.S. in computer science from University of California, Berkeley.


Tony Banta

Vice President, Operations

Tony brings decades of solid operations experience to the Picarro team, having previously worked as Senior Vice President of Manufacturing Operations at Calix (CALX). He also spent ten years in various roles at Cisco, including Vice President of Worldwide Operations and several years as Vice President of Manufacturing at Grand Junction Networks. Tony has served in numerous senior management positions, including Vice President of Manufacturing at Vitalink Communications Corporation and Teledyne MEC. Mr. Banta holds an M.B.A. from Golden Gate University, a M.S. in aeronautical engineering from Wichita State University and a B.S. in aeronautics from San Jose State College. Mr. Banta served ten years in the United States Air Force.

Tom Dockery

Vice President, Marketing

Tom has a long history in the semiconductor and electronics industry. Prior to joining Picarro in September, 2015, Tom held roles as Vice President of Sales at eSilicon, Senior Director of Marketing at Synaptics and General Manager of the ASIC business at Philips Semiconductor. Tom has also held positions at Mentor Graphics, VLSI Technology, Digital Equipment Corporation and Fairchild Semiconductor. At Picarro, he is responsible for all science and energy marketing strategy. Tom holds a B.A. in materials engineering from the University of Illinois and has participated in executive education at Stanford University.

Dan Nagao

Vice President, Human Resources

Dan has over twenty-five years of experience in human resources at companies including Johnson & Johnson, Citicorp, Raychem, Sony Computer Entertainment America, Adaptec and The Quicksilver Group. He has also held the role of Vice President of Human Resources at five different start-ups. Prior to joining Picarro in July, 2015, Dan owned his own human resources consulting firm, providing human resources support to over 100 clients. Dan received his B.S. from the United States Naval Academy and his M.B.A. from Columbia University.