Bill Vass brings more than 30 years of commercial and U.S. government information technology executive leadership experience to Liquid Robotics.
Previously, Mr. Vass was the president and chief operating officer of Sun Microsystems’ $1.4B federal subsidiary. Before Sun Federal, Mr. Vass served as chief information officer of Sun Microsystems, as well as Sun’s chief information security officer.
Prior to Sun, Mr. Vass worked in the Office of the Secretary of Defense Office of the CIO where he was responsible for all acquisition and development, research and development, and consolidated software development and commercial off-the-shelf integration standards for more than 6,800 IT systems with a $35.5B budget. He was also responsible for the Pentagon’s IT environment, managing networks, servers, and applications across the defense networks. While at OSD, Mr. Vass was the technical lead for the entire Department of Defense Y2K program.
Prior to joining the Office of the CIO, Mr. Vass was CTO and technical lead for the U.S. Army personnel systems worldwide.
Before his work in the DoD, Mr. Vass developed large scale IT engineering and business systems solutions for the oil and gas industry, defense systems integrators, and ocean engineering.
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 has over 25 years of experience at both private companies as well as public Fortune 500 companies, spanning the software, networking and semiconductor industries. He has held CFO and COO-level positions in Silicon Valley start-ups including Kasenna, Netfish Technologies and eFinance Corporation, all of which culminated in M&A transactions. Prior to that, 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 holds 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.
Gary Gysin brings more than 25 years of experience in key leadership positions driving go-to-market strategies and delivering worldwide revenue growth in highly competitive markets to his role as EVP of global sales and business development at Liquid Robotics.
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!
As vice president of marketing and strategic planning, David Bailard is responsible for the outbound marketing and strategic planning activities at Liquid Robotics. He drives the company’s business planning, market selection, market engagement, and demand generation processes.
Before joining Liquid Robotics, Mr. Bailard had a 20 year career at Sun Microsystems, focused on the U.S. government market. He served as chief strategy and compliance officer for Sun Microsystems Federal, as director of planning and strategy for Americas Sales, and in key leadership positions in federal business development, competitive analysis, and marketing. Prior to Sun, Mr. Bailard was director of marketing for Beta Phase and a case team leader at The Boston Consulting Group.
Mr. Bailard holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
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 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 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.
Robert Olson was previously senior vice president of products for VeraCarta Corporation, and vice president of engineering for PostX (now part of Cisco).
He pioneered internet retailing as CEO and co-founder of Virtual Vineyards/Wine.com, the first company to use SSL to secure credit card transactions on the internet.
Mr. Olson holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering/computer engineering, and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, both from Stanford University.