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.

Yonggang He

Vice President, R&D and Hardware Engineering

Yonggang leads the research and development team, as well as the systems, hardware and instrumentation software engineering groups. He works closely with Picarro’s business units to define technology strategy, research and development priorities and execute the product development roadmap. Prior to joining Picarro Yonggang held various senior engineering roles at NewFocus, Oclaro and LGR. Yonggang received his B.S., MS in physical chemistry and his Ph.D. in spectroscopy from Nanjing University and Oregon State University respectively. He was a Postdoctoral Scholar at California Technology Institute.


Andre Bals

Vice President, Sales, Europe, Middle-East, Africa

Andre is responsible for sales and business development in Europe, the Middle-East and Africa for our scientific instruments, energy and semiconductor businesses.  Prior to joining Picarro, Andre worked at Arthur Anderson Consulting in Geneva. He later founded Omnisens, a technology start-up active in asset integrity management of large energy infrastructures, including downstream pipeline leak detection, offshore umbilicals and power cable monitoring. He helped develop a trace gas technology which monitors environmental and semiconductor molecular contamination.  Andre has held several executive positions at Picarro with experiences in corporate strategy, sales, marketing, operations and finance. Andre holds an M.A. in materials and engineering from Ecole Polytechnique de Lausanne and University of California, Los Angeles.

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.

Brad Jones

Associate General Counsel

Brad has over fifteen years of experience representing technology companies in Silicon Valley. He he has worked at companies including NorthPoint Communications, iPass (IPAS), Omneon, Harmonic (HLIT), and Voltage Security. Brad is a graduate of Duke University and the Washington University School of Law.


Betsy Kais

Vice President, Finance

Betsy has over twenty-five years of experience in accounting and finance.  Prior to joining Picarro, she was Vice President of Finance at Talari, a private networking company. She started her career in technology company audit practice at Pricewaterhouse and has held management positions in finance at Hewlett Packard in both printer and personal computer manufacturing and supply chain operations.  She spent 10 years as an independent consultant at various technology companies providing a wide range of finance and accounting services, from project management to corporate controller. Betsy received her B.S. in business administration with a concentration in accounting from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.