Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
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. In a valley of Teslas, James drives his 1999 Toyota Minivan.
Chief Operations Officer (COO)
As COO, Niraj Jain leads all business operations for Pica8 including Business Development, Product Management, and Support. He came to Pica8 from Vocera Communications, where as VP of Business Development, he led new market development, partnerships, M&A, and product strategy, helping the company grow from an early stage startup to a $100M+ business and a successful IPO. Niraj has over 25 years of experience in the networking industry having served earlier in leadership positions at SAN Valley Systems, 3Com, and Prodigy. He holds BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, and Virginia Tech respectively, and has performed doctoral studies in Computer Networking at Columbia University. Formerly a glider pilot, he reached significantly higher altitude by summiting Kilimanjaro last year.
Chief Marketing Officer (CMO)
Kelly LeBlanc, CMO, is a seasoned Silicon Valley marketing executive with 25 years of experience across multiple technology markets. Most recently she was the CMO of 6WIND where she managed global marketing and business development for the company’s transition to vRouter solutions. Prior to 6WIND, Kelly was the Head of Worldwide Marketing for A10 Networks when the company became the fastest growing Silicon Valley networking company prior to Initial Public Offering (IPO). She also held marketing positions at Fortinet and VERITAS Software. She began her career at several top ten Public Relations agencies for Hewlett-Packard and Sun Microsystems.
Chief Revenue Officer (CRO)
Mike Hoffman, CRO, has more than 30 years of sales leadership in scaling networking companies and doubling quarterly revenues towards the successful execution of an IPO. Most recently, he served as CRO and Senior Vice President of Global Sales at Aryaka. Prior to Aryaka, Mike was the CRO for Big Switch Networks, where he helped double the company’s revenues, resulting in six consecutive record-breaking quarters. He was also Vice President of Worldwide Sales at Gigamon where he captured 66 of the Fortune 100 accounts.
Lin Du, Ph.D.
VP of Engineering
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.
VP of Finance & HR
Lu Feng leads the financial management of Pica8. She has more than 23 years of financial management experience in technology, semiconductor, and publishing companies. Prior to Pica8, Lu led the corporate accounting team at Alpha and Omega Semiconductor, and she has previous financial management experience with Intersil, Philips Semiconductor, and Knight-Ridder. She holds a BA in business administration from the University of Hawaii. During her leisure time, she enjoys Ikebana flower arrangement.