Management Team

James Liao | CEO and Co-Founder
James Liao leads strategy and growth efforts for Pica8® as it shapes the SDN space. He has a proven track record in networking product innovation and development: before founding Pica8®, James led product strategy for switching and data center products at original device manufacturer Quanta. He also built world-class engineering teams at both Woven Systems and 3UP Systems. Born in Taiwan, James holds an MS in Computer Science from Stanford University.

Lin Du, Ph.D. | Vice President of Engineering and Co-Founder
Lin Du leads our design center in Beijing, China, and plays a pivotal role in the ongoing design and implementation of Pica8’s hardware-agnostic, switching operating system. He founded Pica8® after serving as a director at Woven Systems, where he built the engineering team at Woven’s Beijing development center. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Chinese Academy of Science, and a BS and MS in Computer Software Engineering from Chongqing University.

Dean Au | VP of Sales Operations & Channels
Dean Au leads Pica8's business development strategy and has spent his 20-year career in technology building successful channel sales organizations. He was the founder and CEO of two companies and managed their acquisitions: AirMagnet, a wireless technology company acquired by Fluke Networks, and Cinco Networks, sold to Network General Corporation. Dean holds an MSEE from Ohio State University, and a BSEE from Cheng Kung University in Taiwan.

Steve Garrison | Vice President of Marketing
Steve Garrison leads go-to-market and brand development strategies at Pica8®, and is a networking systems veteran with nearly 20 years of technology marketing experience. Steve has held global marketing positions at public and venture-backed companies, including Infoblox, Force10 Networks (acquired by Dell, Inc.) and Riverstone Networks (acquired by Alcatel-Lucent). He holds an MS in Materials Science Engineering from MIT, and a BS in Ceramic Science and Physics from Alfred University.

Henry Pan | VP of Asia Pacific Sales and Operations
Henry Pan leads the Pica8® sales and operations teams in the Asia Pacific region. He brings a wealth of experience in data center customer relationships, gained over the course of a 15-year career in global sales. Prior to Pica8®, Pan was director of sales at original device maker Quanta. He holds a BSEE from the University of Hawaii.