Senior Management

We take a holistic approach to complex problems, innovate with intention, then ground it with smart pragmatism to deliver real solutions to grow your business.

Tom Wagner, Ph.D.

CEO

Tom Wagner is the CEO at Berkshire Grey. Tom believes in delivering value to customers, ethics, and pulling forward new technology to create customer value. Under his direction, these are the guiding principles for the company. Tom’s background includes career management of hundreds of millions in development dollars, P&L, and GM functions. Between Tom’s efforts and those of the BG team, their work has resulted in billions in topline revenue associated with products that deliver value to customers.

Previously, Tom had the privilege of serving as the Chief Technology Officer of iRobot. iRobot is a publicly traded company with a multi-billion dollar market capitalization and is recognized for shipping more robot products than any other company anywhere in the world. Today iRobot automates tasks around home. During Tom’s tenure, iRobot was also a recognized world leader in mobile robot products that grasped objects in unstructured and dynamic domains. Such systems were used effectively in the aftermath of the Fukushima meltdown and are in use today by the military and in other industrial settings.

Prior to joining iRobot, Tom served at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the research and development agency of the U.S. Department of Defense, where he managed programs in artificial intelligence, robotics, logistics, communications, command and control, tele-health, connected devices, and connected intelligent assistants. Earlier in his career, Tom served as a principal lead at Honeywell, a professor at the University of Maine, and in leadership and advisory roles in small & startup companies. Early career positions include General Motors and other various and sundry places and functions from databases to manufacturing backpacks. He holds a Ph.D. in artificial intelligence from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, a M.S. from the University of New Hampshire, and a B.S. from Michigan State University.

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Steve Johnson, MBA

President & COO

Steve Johnson is the President and COO at Berkshire Grey. Steve believes in purpose driven organizations, focusing on customers, disruptive technologies, and making an impact on industries and markets.  Steve’s background includes leading enterprise software organizations, scaling hyper-growth enterprise companies globally, helping raise over $850M in funding, and participating in the creation of billions in market value for these companies.

Previously, Steve served as the Chief Commercial Officer of Intelex, a global enterprise software company. Intelex was acquired for $570M in June 2019 by Industrial Scientific. Prior to joining Intelex, Steve served as President and COO for Vidyard, and CRO for Hootsuite, an enterprise software company now used by over 80% of the Fortune 100 companies. At Hootsuite he managed the growth of the company from 27 people to over 1,000 people around the world. Earlier in his career, Steve worked for a number of category creating software companies in the CRM, Database Management, Total Interaction Management, and other spaces. Steve holds an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg Business School with an emphasis in Management, Marketing, and International Business and a B.S. in Accounting from Union College.

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Scott D'Amour, MBA

VP of Finance

Scott is the Vice President of Finance at Berkshire Grey. He brings more than 20 years of finance and operations experience with a strong background in implementing business systems and executing operating plans to his role. Prior to Berkshire Grey Scott served as Vice President of Finance at HeartWare where he played a key role in the growth and ultimate sale of the company to Medtronic for $1.1 billion. Earlier in his career, Scott was the Senior Financial Officer for Biotage’s North American business unit and the CFO for venture backed biopharmaceutical tools firm BioProcessors. Scott has a B.S in business administration from The University of Massachusetts at Lowell and an MBA and MS in Finance from Boston College.

Jim Campbell

VP of Engineering

Jim is the Vice President of Engineering at Berkshire Grey. Jim comes to BG with 30 years of experience in product development and engineering leadership. Jim started in tech as a software developer and then moved on to a variety of other roles including architect, engineering management, product management, and director, VP, and GM positions. He has worked in a range of companies from startups to global giants like Microsoft and IBM. Prior to coming to BG, Jim served as GM of Cloud Computing at DEKA Research & Development where he led development of an FDA regulated cloud computing platform for medical devices. Jim holds a Bachelor of Science degree from The University of California, Berkeley.

Jay Link, MBA

SVP of Global Sales

Jay Link focuses on the customer. Jay is the Senior Vice President of Sales at Berkshire Grey and former Vice President at Kiva Systems, which was the first novel goods-to-person robotic systems company. Kiva was acquired by Amazon in 2012 for $775 million and is now Amazon Robotics. In prior lives, Jay has been an executive at BMC Software and Gravitant (acquired by IBM). Jay brings more than 25 years of sales leadership experience to Berkshire Grey along with a strong background in implementing global sales, marketing, and operations strategies across a diverse set of industries including material handling and cloud computing. Jay has a B.S. in mechanical engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from the University of Houston.

Peter Van Alstine, MBA

SVP & General Manager, Retail

Peter Van Alstine is the SVP and General Manager of Berkshire Grey’s Retail business unit.  Peter has deep general management and go-to-market experience across multiple industry verticals that have resulted in rapid and profitable growth. His leadership experience includes building product, sales, business development, client management, and marketing teams in dynamic and expanding environments that require delivering customer-centric solutions.  

Prior to joining Berkshire Grey, Peter served as the CEO of R.E.D.D. Inc., an emerging food company that successfully scaled and executed an omnichannel strategy. Earlier in his career, he led national retail teams for Procter & Gamble which included mass merchants, department stores, grocery, and drugstore chains. During his time at Agero, Peter led the telematics business which subsequently sold to Sirius XM, and later, as General Manager of its Insurance business, he was accountable for the creation and implementation of a large tech-enabled service offering that aggressively scaled to become a core long-term growth area. After Agero, Peter led Global Sales & Marketing for Elmet Technologies where his team partnered with customers across the U.S., Europe, and Asia to manufacture and deliver differentiated and highly valued products & services resulting in a successful private equity exit. Peter holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Dartmouth College.

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Kevin Ahearn

VP and General Manager, Parcels

Kevin Ahearn is the Vice President and General Manager of Berkshire Grey’s Parcel Business Unit. Kevin’s professional career has centered on customer-focused product design and delivery. Kevin firmly believes in understanding the customer’s needs and delivering solutions that meet those needs while creating customer value. Prior examples of this include the development and deployment of mobile computing and payment processing solutions for transportation, retail, and distribution customers.

He is a results-oriented executive leader with over 30 years of experience in business leadership and technology solutions. Responsibilities have included global business, engineering, and operations management, all focused on delivering high-value initiatives for technology companies. Kevin’s work has resulted in a long line of commercial products and material revenue. Kevin has a B.S. in engineering from The Citadel and a graduate certificate in business management from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.

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Pete Allen

VP and General Manager, Grocery and Convenience

Pete Allen is VP and General Manager, Grocery and Convenience at Berkshire Grey.  Pete has spent his career helping to launch and drive early-stage growth for tech companies serving many of the nation’s largest grocery, foodservice, and convenience store companies. He is a customer-focused technology leader with more than 25 years of sales, marketing, and customer success experience. He has a proven track record of building teams and developing strategic processes to create sustained revenue growth and improve customer satisfaction.

Prior to Berkshire Grey, Pete held executive leadership roles with AI, SaaS, IoT, and telematics companies. As CEO of Cadec Global, Chief Client Officer with MiX Telematics Americas, EVP of Sales at Inthinc, and GM/EVP of GreenRoad, Pete drove growth, profitability, and customer retention. He strategically focused on partnering with customers to understand the challenges they face in order to deliver solutions that provide true customer value.
Pete’s work experience coupled with his background as a student athlete, youth sports coach, and overall sports enthusiast fosters his competitive drive, commitment to team, and servant leader mentality. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Marietta College.

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Craig Hattabaugh

VP and General Manager, SGC

Craig Hattabaugh is VP and General Manager, SGC at Berkshire Grey.  Craig is a proven executive who specializes in accelerating growth in technology-based companies by turning strategy into action.  During his career, Craig has served as CEO, founding executive, global head of sales, and advisory board member in start-ups as well as global 500 companies.

Prior to BG, Craig was CEO of CIMCON Software, a global leader in information security and end-user computing risk management solutions.  Previously, Craig was SVP of Global Sales and Operations for the Analytics business of TIBCO Software. He has held leadership positions at multiple start-up companies including Open Ratings and Formation Systems. Before that he was Deputy Managing Director of EMEA for Aspen Technology. He has also held management positions at Texas Instruments Semiconductor Group and currently serves on the Advisory Board for Cogito.

Craig earned his MBA from Boston University, his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and has completed executive education in entrepreneurship development at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

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Matt Mason, Ph.D.

Chief Scientist

Matt Mason is the Chief Scientist at Berkshire Grey. Matt has spent 40 professional years solving unsolvable problems in robotics and is an internationally recognized technology leader. Matt has more influential publications in the leading robotics journals than just about anyone, and he wrote ‘the’ book on how robots pick things up (manipulation). Matt is the former director of the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon where he supervised all the activities of the Robotics Institute and the National Robotics Engineering Consortium (NREC).

As director, Matt was responsible for supervising ~ $80 million dollars per year top line revenue largely for contract R&D from industry partners such as Walmart, ABB, Kuka, etc., and US technology organizations such as the Army, DARPA, the National Science Foundation, and the Office of Naval Research. During his career, Matt has contributed to more ideas and technologies in robotics and artificial intelligence than can easily be tabulated and has numerous awards from organizations such as the IEEE. Matt has Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. degrees in artificial intelligence and robotics from MIT.

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Pete Blair

VP of Marketing

Pete Blair is the Vice President of Marketing at Berkshire Grey where he is responsible for branding, messaging, communications, demand generation, and overall marketing execution and strategy. Pete brings years of hands-on supply chain experience to his marketing roles including: retail logistics management, supply chain consulting, and software development for CPG and retail enterprises. Prior to Berkshire Grey, Pete was the Vice President of Marketing for Applause software and Head of Marketing for Kiva Systems; now Amazon Robotics.

Pete started his career in logistics operations at The Home Depot, travelled the globe as an IBM management consultant, and contributed to the success of multiple technology startups over his 25-year career. Pete is an active speaker at supply chain and innovation conferences, and he has a bachelor’s degree in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell University.

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Our Mission is to Help Customers Succeed

We put all our experience together to help customers compete and grow with intelligent robotic systems that automate tasks never before performed by machines in commercial settings.

Our team reflects Berkshire Grey’s commitment to turning innovation and cutting-edge technologies into real solutions that deliver value for customers.

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JOIN US. We are a focused team. We bring a diverse set of experience and expertise in the fields of engineering, robotics, and artificial intelligence to building innovative yet practical and scalable solutions. Ultimately, we work at Berkshire Grey because we thrive on solving hard challenges that deliver value for our customers.