ChargePoint was founded in 2007 by a group of entrepreneurs who anticipated the EV revolution. With extensive experience in technology and design from leading global companies, ChargePoint's team is building the smart network that keeps the EV industry moving forward.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Pasquale Romano is President and Chief Executive Officer of ChargePoint and a member of the company’s board of directors. He currently sits on the board of Agilone, CALSTART, and the YMCA of Silicon Valley. Pasquale joined ChargePoint in February of 2011, bringing more than 25 years of technology industry leadership and executive management experience to the company. He co-founded 2Wire which was acquired by Pace plc for $475M in 2010. Previously, Pasquale held multiple positions in marketing and engineering at Polycom. In 1989, he co-founded Fluent, Inc., a digital video networking company and served as Chief Architect until it was sold to Novell Corporation in 1993. Pasquale holds an undergraduate degree in computer science from Harvard University and received his M.S. from MIT.
Vice President, Finance
With over 20 years of experience in finance and leadership, Dave Adams has directed the massive scaling of startups, and the complexity of large companies with over $1 billion in revenue. Dave came to ChargePoint from Fastly where as the Vice President of Finance he managed a $40 million round of venture funding. Prior to Fastly, he was the VP and Corporate Controller of Box, Inc. where he completed over $250 million in various financing rounds and prepared the company for its IPO. Dave started his career in finance as the Director of Revenue and Assistant Corporate Controller for eBay where he managed both the IPO and Secondary offerings. Dave graduated Cum Laude with a B.S. in Business and holds numerous military awards including a Congressional Award for Military Excellence from his time as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army.
Chief Technology Officer
Ajay Agrawal is a technology fanatic with over 20 years of experience in computing. Most recently, he was the Vice President of Engineering at Luvocracy, which was acquired by Walmart Labs in July 2014. Ajay has held leadership roles in large companies (including Oracle, eBay and Microsoft) and many startups. Ajay earned his B.S. and M.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan and the University of Illinois, respectively.
Co-Founder and Vice President, Hardware Engineering
Dave Baxter is a technology innovator and product developer. He has held many senior management positions, including Vice President of Engineering at 3Com Corporation and Adept Technology, where he developed multiple generations of assembly robots and flexible automation controllers used in factories and food packaging plants worldwide. A pioneer of voice over broadband technology, Dave led the development of the industry's first carrier grade voice over DSL system while Vice President of Engineering for Jetstream Communications. Dave received a B.S. from the Engineering College at Cornell University.
Managing Director, Europe
Christopher Burghardt is ChargePoint's Managing Director for Europe, responsible for leading all aspects of the company's European business. Most recently the head of policy and communications, EMEA, for ride-sharing app Uber, Christopher previously led global and emerging market expansion at First Solar, a provider of solar panels and utility-scale PV power plants. Prior to joining First Solar, Christopher was Vice President for Corporate Affairs for Western Europe at Anheuser-Busch InBev and a Vice President for Business Development and Marketing EMEA at Hill & Knowlton. A dual German-Belgian national, he earned an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, an MA from the College of Europe and a BA from the University of Sussex and the Institut d'Etudes Politiques of Aix-en-Provence.
Chief Operating Officer
Tony Canova has more than 25 years of experience as a CFO and partner in public accounting. Prior to joining ChargePoint, he was Vice President of Finance, Administration and CFO of Brocade Communications, a publicly listed company that pioneered the storage area networking industry. Since leaving Brocade, Tony has focused on advising a number of venture-backed technology companies including 3 Leaf Systems, Ankena and Qumu, serving in roles including CFO and advisor to the CEO. Prior to Brocade he served as CFO of Wireless Inc, a wireless broadband equipment manufacturer. Tony was also an audit partner of KPMG LLP where he focused on audits, mergers and acquisitions, and IPOs of a variety of technology companies. Tony holds a B.S. in Accounting from Santa Clara University.
Senior Vice President, Sales
Mike DiNucci leads ChargePoint's sales and field operations, responsible for teams focused on new business efforts, regional sales operations, and sales engineering. He brings more than twenty years of sales and sales management experience to ChargePoint. Prior to joining ChargePoint in 2008, Mike managed sales teams at a number of companies including VeriSign, Network Appliance, Silicon Graphics and Xactly. Mike holds degrees in Business Administration and English Literature from UCLA.
Vice President, Operations
Deborah Donohue joined ChargePoint in 2011 to oversee all aspects of manufacturing and operations. Prior to ChargePoint, she worked at Pace plc as Director, Operations and Strategic Planning where she directed the Integrated Business Planning for Pace Americas and was responsible for driving cost reduction. Deborah also worked at 2Wire for more than 10 years as director of operations and strategic planning. She was responsible for planning and directing the operations organization's strategic and long-range financial goals. Deborah holds a B.A. in Political Science for Public Administration from San Jose State University.
Vice President, Sales, Customer Success
John Grady leads ChargePoint’s Global Channel Sales, Inside Sales, and Account Management teams. In this role, John is charged with accelerating the growth of the Account Management team with a focus on renewals and programmatic purchasing; managing the Inside Sales organization, and refining the company’s global channel strategy including scaling ChargePoint’s channel presence on both the B2B and B2C market. John has more than 20 years of experience in global sales, marketing and business development roles at industry leading companies including Pace, 2Wire, Netgear, and Covad Communications. He holds an MBA in Finance from the Kelly School of Business at Indiana University and a B.A. in Economics from Boston College.
Chief Marketing Officer
Colleen Jansen is a marketing strategist with 20 years of experience in business-to-consumer and business-to-business marketing in early stage privately held companies as well as publicly traded firms including Intuit, LinkedIn, Yahoo and Microsoft. Before joining ChargePoint, she was Vice President, Marketing at Jive Software, where she established Jive’s position in the collaboration market, recast the mobile strategy and won leadership positions in all category reports. Colleen led global marketing at LinkedIn, driving awareness and member growth alongside a rapidly growing member base of 330 million. In addition, her team successfully entered new markets around the world. She holds a B.S. from California State University, Fresno.
Vice President, Sales
Michael Jones leads ChargePoint’s Strategic Verticals teams, focused on growing the business and refining the go-to-market strategies in key verticals across several categories. As part of his role, Michael manages the Auto, Federal, Fleet, Multifamily, Home, and Commercial Real Estate teams. With more than 25 years of experience, Michael is an entrepreneur with deep knowledge in the formation and operation of many companies with innovative products and disruptive business models. Challenging the world to find better solutions to the status quo drives him. Michael’s diverse background includes stints as Chief Technology Officer of Flashcom, Sr. Product Manager for Core Mobility, CEO of Melior Chemical and President of Summit Technology. At ChargePoint, he has been on the front line of multiple large-scale EV charging programs including ChargePoint America and BMW DriveNow, deploying thousands of EV charging stations throughout the United States.
Jonathan Kaplan has been leading ChargePoint's legal team since July of 2010. Prior to coming to ChargePoint, he was founder and managing director of the Law Offices of Jonathan Kaplan. Before Jon opened his own firm, he spent seven years practicing law on Wall Street, first with the firm of Sullivan & Cromwell and later with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. During that time, he spent the majority of his time working on large scale mergers and acquisitions, including the Citicorp/Travelers and the Honeywell/Allied Signal mergers. Jon received his JD from Hastings College of the Law and an LLM in taxation from New York University.
Chief Strategy Officer
Simon Lonsdale joined ChargePoint in 2011, after several virtualization and cloud software startups including RNA Networks (acquired by Dell Computers), NICE Software and Platform Computing (acquired by IBM). Previously, he held executive roles in Software Engineering and Business Development at Aspect, migrating the telecommunications company from hardware products to software voice-over-IP solutions. Simon's education credentials include a Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) and Bachelor degrees from Bradford University in Electronic, Computer and Communication Engineering, and Chartered Engineer (C.Eng.) professional status in the UK and Europe.
Vice President Sales, Europe
Scott Miller is responsible for driving ChargePoint’s European business, working to lay the sales and operational groundwork as the company expands into the region. In this role, Scott is responsible for driving new business, building the company’s sales infrastructure, forging strategic partnerships, and formulating channel and utility strategies throughout Europe. Previously responsible for ChargePoint sales for eastern North America, he's still collecting kudos for successfully implementing the company's $37 million ChargePoint America program. He has more than 20 years of B2B technology sales and service management experience with such companies as Oracle, where he was Vice President & General Manager North American Operations, SPL WorldGroup, as VP EMEA Utilities Global Business Unit, and Empirix as VP Europe. Scott holds an MBA in Industrial Marketing from Harvard Business School and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Brown University.
Vice President, Utility Solutions
Dave Packard co-founded ClipperCreek Inc., a provider of EV infrastructure and served as the company's president until 2014 when he joined ChargePoint. In 1998 he joined EVI, an electric vehicle infrastructure company that helped develop the modern standards which remain in place today. Dave began his career in engineering with Lockheed Missiles and Space Company in Sunnyvale, CA. He joined the EV market in the early 1990s as Vice President of Sales at EPTI, an Atlanta start-up, rapid battery charging company. Dave holds a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering and a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts.
Senior Vice President, Global Public Policy
Colleen Quinn is a seasoned executive leader and government strategist with 30 years’ experience in government, business and non-profit sectors. She has served in the highest level government and political appointed positions, as well as a senior corporate officer and senior non-profit management and advocacy roles. These include California Governor Jerry Brown, the Partnership for New York City, Insight Communications, Pacific Telesis and the Revlon Foundation. Colleen has a B.A. from UC Berkeley and a JD from the University of California, Hastings College of Law.
Chief People Officer
Heather Sullivan is an experienced leader who balances big company discipline with start-up innovation and agility. She has more than 20 years of experience with rapidly expanding companies domestically and across the globe. Most recently, Heather was a leader at Samsung NEXT where she developed and executed HR strategies, implemented tactics to encourage growth and coached the executive leadership team. Prior to Samsung, Heather worked for several large multinational corporations, including AOL, Comcast and Discovery Communications, and also founded her own firm where she worked with start-ups and early stage companies to lay a solid HR foundation for future growth. Heather holds a BA in Asian Studies from University of Michigan and is currently pursuing her MBA from the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler School of Business. She is a certified Executive Coach and earned her Global Practitioner of HR (GPHR) certification through the Society of Human Resources Management.
Vice President, Services and Support
Mike Talley is responsible for the ongoing growth, quality improvement, and performance of ChargePoint Services and Support. He has more than 30 years’ experience in operations and professional services management roles, with emphasis on customer relationships and call center development. Prior to joining ChargePoint, Mike served as Executive Vice President and General Manager of Services & Support at 2Wire, and as EVP of Worldwide Operations at Syntellect, where he was responsible for custom application development, integration and consulting services, business development, and operations. Previously, he served as VP of Professional Services and VP of Operations at Fujitsu Business Communication Systems, and as VP of Customer Support at Mitel. Mike has also performed various executive customer support and operations roles with ROLM and IBM Corporations, including VP of Operations. Mike holds an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
Chief Information Officer
Sasan is an accomplished IT executive with over 25 years experience. He most recently served as Vice President of Customer/Product Experience and Delivery for a division of Flex and was responsible for developing the strategy, roadmap and delivery of a consumer and partner channel experience bringing IoT and 'Smart' Solar together to create a 'Connected Home' experience. Prior to Flex, Sasan served as Chief Information Officer for SunEdison and for startup EchoFirst. Prior to joining EchoFirst, Sasan launched his own mobile social networking platform and worked for companies such as Cisco and ESPN. Sasan graduated from California State University at Chico with a BS degree in Computer Science.