Liquid Robotics Management

Gary Gysin

President and Chief Executive Officer

With a track record of transforming innovative start-ups into global businesses, Mr. Gysin brings to his position as President and CEO of Liquid Robotics more than three decades of extensive sales, marketing and CEO leadership in delivering worldwide revenue growth for high tech, communications and cloud computing companies. Previously the Executive Vice President of Global Sales, Marketing and BD, Mr. Gysin led the transformation and international expansion of the sales and marketing organization to deliver sales and market growth.

Mr. Gysin has extensive cross-functional experience in both public and private start-ups, leading the development and introduction of transformational, award-winning enterprise and mid-market IT hardware, software and systems solutions. Most recently, Mr. Gysin was EVP of worldwide sales at Silver Spring Networks, the market share-leading Smart Grid systems vendor. During his tenure, Mr. Gysin led the company to explosive revenue growth from 2009 to 2012 and booked more than $1B of new revenue opportunities. Prior to joining Silver Spring, Mr. Gysin was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at USVP focused on infrastructure opportunities in cloud services, networking and storage, and smart grid.

Mr. Gysin has also served as president and CEO of Asempra Technologies, the market-leading instant recovery solution for Windows applications and data. Previously, he held executive positions at McData Corporation, Volera, PGSoft, Crosswise Corporation, WorldTalk and Touch Communications.

Mr. Gysin holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California at Santa Cruz. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family and participating in many outdoor activities including mountain biking, skiing, paddle boarding, and now swimming with Wave Gliders!

Roger Hine

Co-Founder & Chief Technical Officer

Roger Hine co-invented the Wave Glider technology and founded Liquid Robotics, Inc., jointly with Jupiter Research Foundation.

Prior to Liquid Robotics, Mr. Hine directed robotics and automation technology development programs at a leading semiconductor equipment manufacturer, Asyst Technologies.

Mr. Hine is an accomplished inventor with several issued patents and several more pending. He received his bachelor’s degree in economics from Wesleyan University and his master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University.

Pablo Luther

Chief Financial Officer

Pablo Luther has over 25 years of experience at both private companies as well as public Fortune 500 companies, spanning the software, networking and semiconductor industries. Prior to joining LRI, Luther was the CFO at Gridiron Systems, which was acquired by a leading data storage company. He has held CFO and COO-level positions in Silicon Valley start-ups including Kasenna, Netfish Technologies and eFinance Corporation, all of which resulted in M&A transactions; and was part of the founding management team of Meru Networks, which later went public. Previously, Luther spent six years at Stormedia, Inc. (which he helped take public on the NASDAQ) in senior executive roles including VP Finance and CFO. He started his career at HP, where he spent six years in financial management roles, including Controller of the PC Division.

Luther graduated Summa Cum Laude with a dual MBA in Marketing and Finance from Wright State University and a BS from University of Mumbai (India). He also enjoys giving back to his community and was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Los Altos School District in 2012 where he is helping further the cause of public education. Luther was instrumental in setting up an annual soccer camp for disadvantaaged children which has helped over 2,000 kids since its inception a few years ago.

Jonathan Buckley

Acting Vice President, Marketing

With a background in econometric modeling, game theory and systems thinking, Jonathan began his focus on improving the science and art of B2B marketing after departing the consulting arm of Arthur Andersen LLC. Buckley takes a very fresh and unique approach to B2B marketing, combining a methodical process of analytics with the art of messaging, positioning and brand building.

Jonathan has led over 50 successful client engagements, including the orchestration of many high profile company and/or product launches and ongoing campaigns. A student of innovation and market disruption, he specializes in the rapidly changing world of enterprise technology.

A tech company founder and a public company marketing executive, Jonathan founded The Artesian Network in 2008. The Network has deep technical experience in public and private Cloud deployment models (including SaaS), Big Data platforms & analytics, enterprise storage, security, identity management, data management, networking infrastructure, massive scale real-time sensor networks. Most recently we have been deep projects in such categories as Internet-of-Things (IoT), Software Defined Networking (SDN), Drones including Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), autonomous marine and terrestrial platforms.

Doug Carlen

Vice President, Legal Affairs

Doug Carlen has extensive legal and federal regulatory experience with public and private technology companies.

Mr. Carlen previously served as senior vice president and general counsel at MegaPath, a provider of data, voice and cloud-based communications services, where he led the company's legal department and oversaw its federal and state regulatory strategy and legislative advocacy. He was also senior vice president and general counsel at Covad Communications prior to its purchase by a leading private equity firm and subsequent merger with MegaPath. Before joining Covad, Mr. Carlen specialized in corporate law and litigation at Greene Radovsky Maloney & Share, and Graham & James.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California and his law degree from Hastings College of the Law.

Graham Hine

Senior Vice President of Mission Services, Oil & Gas Technical Director

Graham Hine was previously senior manager of software engineering at Asyst Technologies. Prior to that, Graham was CEO and founder of Tuxtops, Inc., and Gibraltar Software until their acquisition.

Mr. Hine received a bachelor’s degree in management engineering from Claremont McKenna College, and a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Columbia University.

Don Jerome

Vice President, Manufacturing & Logistics

Don Jerome is vice president of manufacturing and logistics and is responsible for all elements of production and supply chain management.

Mr. Jerome has focused his career on early stage and startup companies and has a well-established background in operations, supply, and material management. Prior to joining Liquid Robotics, he held senior level positions at several Silicon Valley companies that resulted in successful acquisitions or had a public offering during his tenure. These include Intersil (purchased by GE); Shugart (purchased by Xerox); ELXI (purchased by Trilogy); Plus Logic (purchased by Xilinx), and Photon Dynamics (IPO).

Mr. Jerome was raised in Detroit, Michigan, and has resided in California since receiving his honorable discharge from the U.S. Marine Corps.

He received a lifetime Certified Production & Inventory Management (CPIM) from APICS and extensive schooling in electronics during his military service. He then attended CSU San Francisco where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and has completed advanced studies at the University of Florence, Italy.

Keith Kreider

Vice President, Mission Services

Insuring Wave Glider mission success is paramount for Liquid Robotics, led by a team of operational professionals reporting to Keith Kreider in Mission Services. The team is responsible for corporate and field-based activities for tactical deployments globally - from design of the customer’s objectives all the way through a process to safely launch, pilot, and recover the Wave Gliders.

At mission onset, Keith’s team actively engages to deliver - from quotation of services to safely executing all logistical needs to fulfill a mission. Rivaling best-in-class maritime activities, Mission Services brings customer delight through successful operation of the Wave Glider technology. Always striving for Operational Excellence through 24/7 support in piloting, mission execution, and Customer Support, the team continuously builds improvement processes that help to insure mission success.

Mr. Kreider has extensive career experience in the oil & gas industry which has afforded Keith significant responsibilities interfacing with major engineering and oil refining corporations. Mr. Kreider has held senior level positions responsible for R&D, commercial sales and marketing, and formal program management with deep-sea organizations. Keith has served in leadership roles for software deployment, large scale Engineering/Procurement/Construction efforts, SSQE and logistics. Keith holds USCG Master Merchant Marine credentials, and holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Texas A&M University.

Daniel J. Middleton

Executive Vice President, Global Sales and Business Development

Daniel J. Middleton is LRI's Executive Vice President of Global Sales and Business Development. Previously, Dan served as Silver Spring Networks’ EVP of Sales, before that as Senior Vice President, Major and Global Accounts and Brazil Executive Sponsor, and as Vice President, Global Sales.

Prior to Silver Spring Networks, Mr. Middleton served as Vice President, Ethernet Solutions at Alcatel-Lucent; a telecommunications equipment company. He also served as General Manager and Senior Vice President, Americas, for Riverstone Networks, Inc., a networking hardware company, which was acquired by Alcatel-Lucent in September 2006. Prior to that, Mr. Middleton served in multiple leadership roles at Nortel Networks, including Vice President, EMEA Enterprise Division.

Mr. Middleton holds a B.M.E. from The Georgia Institute of Technology and holds an M.B.A. from Duke University Fuqua School of Business