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Tom Wagner, Ph.D.
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.
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.
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.
Jay Link, MBA
Chief Business Development Officer
Jay Link focuses on the customer. Jay is the Chief Business Development Officer 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, partner channels, 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.
Matt Mason, Ph.D.
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).
Christine Washburn, MPP
Chief Marketing Officer
Christine Washburn is the Chief Marketing Officer for Berkshire Grey. She brings 20+ years of results-driven marketing experience, spanning organizations from pre-revenue to $3 billion. As CMO, Christine is responsible for driving marketing innovation and execution across a number of disciplines, including branding, demand generation, and sales enablement to meet revenue objectives. Prior to joining Berkshire Grey, Christine ran marketing for several leading technology companies, resulting in an IPO and other successful exits. Most recently, for Rocket Software, she executed a marketing strategy that ultimately led to a successful acquisition by Bain Capital.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Craig Hattabaugh, MBA
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.
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.
SVP & General Manager, 3PL
Jessica Moran is the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Berkshire Grey’s third-party logistics (3PL) business unit. Jessica is a transformational general manager with more than 20 years of technology industry experience in sales, product management, and operations and a track-record in building high-performing teams, strategies, and operations for high-growth B2B technology businesses. Most recently, for Bottomline Technologies she managed a SaaS-based B2B payment network serving over 420,000 businesses and handling over $200 billion in annual transaction volume. As general manager, Jessica engineered programs to drive revenue growth and customer value, successfully extended Bottomline’s reach into new markets, and broadened partnership ventures.
VP of Talent
Chris Phaneuf is Vice President of Talent at Berkshire Grey. Chris has more than 20 years of progressive Human Resource and operational leadership experience, primarily in high growth technology companies. These companies include RSA Security, Tibco, Carbonite, and Gazelle. During her time at RSA Security, she held several HR roles, ultimately managing the global management learning and development program prior to the acquisition of RSA by EMC. Most recently she was Senior Vice President of Operations at PlumChoice, which was acquired by SquareTrade, part of the Allstate family of companies. Chris has a B.S. in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a M.Ed. in Human Resources from Boston University.
Sri Solur, MBA
SVP & General Manager
Sri is a serial Entrepreneur and a technology executive with a track record of incubating, growing, and managing a portfolio of products and businesses in a worldwide capacity. Before joining Berkshire Grey, he was the EVP/GM of Shark Robotics, and also the Chief Product Officer at SharkNinja where he oversaw the design and build of Robots, Appliances, and Food-tech based products. During his tenure as the executive leading the Robotics division, SharkNinja went through an IPO and Sri led the creation of the Company’s first Advance Navigation Robot. Before that, he was the SVP of Product Management and Engineering for Comcast’s Digital Home. In this capacity, he was responsible for building, releasing, and scaling flagship IOT products such as Xfinity Home and Xfinity Xfi.
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.
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