Founded in 2004, NetBrain is the market leader for network automation. Its technology platform provides network engineers with end-to-end visibility across their hybrid environments while automating their tasks across IT workflows. Today, more than 2,400 of the world’s largest enterprises and managed services providers use NetBrain to automate network documentation, accelerate troubleshooting, and strengthen network security—while integrating with a rich ecosystem of partners. NetBrain is headquartered in Burlington, Massachusetts, with employees located across the United States and Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom, India, and China.

Management Team

  • NetBrain Leadership: <span class=Lingping Gao" loading="lazy">

    Lingping Gao Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman

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    Lingping Gao Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman

    Lingping Gao founded NetBrain Technologies in 2004 with a mission to simplify network management. Prior to founding NetBrain, Mr. Gao was the Chief Network Architect at Thomson Financial, where he managed the complexities of large enterprise networks and experienced the challenges of maintaining network performance.

    Mr. Gao has experience within multiple areas of business, including management, engineering and international business within the networking, software and automotive industries. Mr. Gao holds a BS and a BA in Automotive Engineering from Tsinghua University and an MS in Engineering from Yale University.

  • NetBrain Leadership: <span class=Dan Brosnan" loading="lazy">

    Dan Brosnan Chief Financial Officer

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    Dan Brosnan Chief Financial Officer

    Dan Brosnan joined NetBrain as Chief Financial Officer in 2019. He leads the accounting, financial strategy and planning for NetBrain. Dan has a 25 year track record as a successful financial leader at high-growth companies.

    Most recently Dan served as CFO at Arbor Networks and previously served in a financial leadership role at Boston Communications Group. A licensed CPA, he graduated from Bentley University with a B.S. in Accountancy and also worked for six years in the audit department at the global accounting firm KPMG.

  • NetBrain Leadership: <span class=Bo Thurmond" loading="lazy">

    Bo Thurmond Chief Revenue Officer

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    Bo Thurmond Chief Revenue Officer

    Bo Thurmond joined NetBrain as RVP Sales in 2020 and became Chief Revenue Officer in 2021. Bo has 20+ years of sales/channel management and leadership experience with a proven ability for building, motivating, and leading all facets of sales teams. Bo is committed to and believes in building a culture of teamwork, winning, and doing things the right way.

  • NetBrain Leadership: <span class=Barbara Scarcella" loading="lazy">

    Barbara Scarcella Chief Customer Officer

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    Barbara Scarcella Chief Customer Officer

    Barbara Scarcella joined NetBrain in 2008 as Senior Advisor to the CEO and assumed the role of SVP of Global Sales in September 2016. Ms. Scarcella moved into the Chief Customer Officer role in 2020 and is responsible for global renewals and customer retention.

    Ms. Scarcella has deep expertise in building strategic customer relationships; her passion for customer success is the foundation of the culture for the Sales organization. Before joining NetBrain, Ms. Scarcella held multiple executive positions during her 18 years at Thomson Corporation including SVP & Strategic Sourcing Officer, Chief Technology Officer and President of Operations and Technology.

    Ms. Scarcella holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Richmond College, Staten Island, New York and a Certificate in Management Development, Columbia University Development Program, New York, NY. Her professional affiliations include Advisory Board Member: AT&T, American Express, Starwood. Keynote speaker for Strategic Sourcing Summit. Presenter, Gartner Symposium. American Management Association and Information Industries Association.

  • NetBrain Leadership: <span class=Weilie Ma" loading="lazy">

    Weilie Ma Senior Vice President, Operations

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    Weilie Ma Senior Vice President, Operations

    Dr. Weilie Ma has served as the Senior Vice President, Office of the CEO at NetBrain since July 2014. She is responsible for the execution of strategic initiatives supporting rapid expansion of NetBrain, including talent development, international expansion, business partnership, and program management. Prior to this role, Dr. Ma served as the Vice President of Operations from 2007 to 2014.

    Before joining NetBrain, Dr. Ma worked as a Research Scientist at Children’s Hospital Boston. Dr. Ma holds a Ph.D. degree from Yale University in Biology.

  • NetBrain Leadership: <span class=Song Pang" loading="lazy">

    Song Pang Senior Vice President, Engineering

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    Song Pang Senior Vice President, Engineering

    Song Pang has served as the Vice President of Support and Services for NetBrain since 2016.  He is responsible for ensuring our customers are successful in deploying, adopting, and realizing value out of the NetBrain product through Technical Support, Professional Services, and Customer Success.

    Prior to NetBrain Mr. Pang worked for Stroud International, a management consulting firm, where he focused on partnering with operations leadership teams in opportunity identification, results delivery, and designing improvement frameworks. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Cornell University.

  • NetBrain Leadership: <span class=Mark Harris" loading="lazy">

    Mark Harris Senior Vice President Marketing

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    Mark Harris Senior Vice President Marketing

    Mark Harris joined NetBrain as Senior Vice President Marketing in 2021. Mark has extensive marketing leadership experience within the digital infrastructure segment with a professional career that spans more than 25 years. He has held increasingly senior marketing, sales, and channel roles within networking companies, including HP, Extreme, NetScaler, Enterasys, and Pluribus.

    Mark is a widely followed online contributor and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Arizona State University.

  • NetBrain Leadership: <span class=Alex Alvarez" loading="lazy">

    Alex Alvarez Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnership and Channel Sales

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    Alex Alvarez Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnership and Channel Sales

    Alex is a 20-year sales veteran with previous tenures at network performance monitoring and management provider Riverbed, a global leader in online protection McAfee, and a global leader for storage and information management service Iron Mountain. He will focus on partner success across the network community and introduce new product and service delivery revenue opportunities for partners. Furthermore, he will oversee the program for partners that wish to leverage the adoption of NetBrain Automation.

    NetBrain in the execution of their ongoing customer engagements worldwide. Alex has a degree in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

  • NetBrain Leadership: <span class=Shelley Hall" loading="lazy">

    Shelley Hall Senior Vice President, General Counsel

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    Shelley Hall Senior Vice President, General Counsel

    Shelley Hall joined NetBrain in 2021 as General Counsel. Shelley has extensive experience working with software companies, most recently as General Counsel for K2 Software and previously as Senior Counsel for Micro Focus and The Attachmate Group.

    Before moving into corporate positions, Shelley was a complex commercial litigator in private practice. In her life prior to the law, Shelley worked as a television news producer in Seattle. Shelley received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and her law degree from the University of Washington.

  • NetBrain Leadership: <span class=Emily Liang" loading="lazy">

    Emily Liang Senior Vice President, Training, and Enablement

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    Emily Liang Senior Vice President, Training, and Enablement

    Emily Liang joined NetBrain’s executive team as SVP, Training, and Enablement in 2021.  Before joining NetBrain, Emily was the Global Web Development Manager at Morgan Stanley.  She received her bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems from Fordham University.  Emily also graduated from General Electric’s Information Management Leadership Program.

  • NetBrain Leadership: <span class=Colin Gray" loading="lazy">

    Colin Gray Vice President, General Manager, EMEA

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    Colin Gray Vice President, General Manager, EMEA

    Colin Gray joined NetBrain as the Vice President & General Manager, EMEA, in 2020. He’s responsible for the business in Europe, the Middle East & Africa. Colin has established and grown many early-stage and high-growth technology businesses in the region. His leadership, energy, and passion for sales acceleration helped close the IPO of NetScreen, and the trade sales of PentaSafe, CipherTrust, and BigFix. He led global sales for ChangeBASE, achieving #1 market share and resulting in their sale to Quest Software, and more recently for LzLabs, accelerating their EMEA expansion and spear-heading their push into North America. He brought huge commercial and team-building expertise to NetBrain.

    Prior to LzLabs Colin ran EMEA for Arbor Networks, achieving 100% growth in revenues across the region, and drove early EMEA momentum for AIOps pioneer Moogsoft.

  • NetBrain Leadership: <span class=Eric Wang" loading="lazy">

    Eric Wang Vice President, Product Development

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    Eric Wang Vice President, Product Development

    Eric Wang has served as the Vice President of Product Development at NetBrain since 2009, responsible for leading the planning and implementation efforts of product development and defining the product roadmap in collaboration with the Company Product Committee. Mr. Wang also works closely with the Support and Sales Engineering teams, helping to ensure customer success.

    Before assuming his current role at NetBrain, Mr. Wang built and led the Development and Product departments to innovate the first Computer-Aided Network Engineering (CANE) product at NetBrain between 2005 and 2009. He holds a B.S. degree from Beijing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics.

  • NetBrain Leadership: <span class=Guangdong Liao" loading="lazy">

    Guangdong Liao Chief Computer Scientist and Cofounder

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    Guangdong Liao Chief Computer Scientist and Cofounder

    Guangdong Liao joined NetBrain in January 2005 as Co-founder and CTO and currently serves as the company’s Chief Computer Scientist. He is responsible for NetBrain’s product roadmap and development efforts.

    Prior to NetBrain, Dr. Liao worked as a senior software engineer at Cisco Systems and as a senior consultant at Computer Sciences Corporation. He holds a Ph.D. in Physics and an M.S. in Computer Science from Boston University and a B.S. from the University of Science and Technology of China.

Board of Directors

  • NetBrain Leadership: <span class=Lingping Gao" loading="lazy">

    Lingping Gao Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman

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    Lingping Gao Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman

    Lingping Gao founded NetBrain Technologies in 2004 with a mission to simplify network management. Prior to founding NetBrain, Mr. Gao was the Chief Network Architect at Thomson Financial, where he managed the complexities of large enterprise networks and experienced the challenges of maintaining network performance.

    Mr. Gao has experience within multiple areas of business, including management, engineering and international business within the networking, software and automotive industries. Mr. Gao holds a BS and a BA in Automotive Engineering from Tsinghua University and an MS in Engineering from Yale University.

  • NetBrain Leadership: <span class=Tom Jennings" loading="lazy">

    Tom Jennings Managing Director, Summit Partners

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    Tom Jennings Managing Director, Summit Partners

    Thomas H. Jennings has served as a member of our board of directors since 2014. Mr. Jennings is a Managing Director with Summit Partners, a growth equity firm which has raised more than $16 billion in capital. In addition to serving on NetBrain’s board of directors, Mr. Jennings is currently director of Accedian Networks, ApoCell, AvePoint, Clarabridge, PeerApp, Telerik and Zenoss and is actively involved with the firm’s investments in Casa Systems and Logi Analytics.

    Prior to Summit, Mr. Jennings worked as a consultant with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture). Mr. Jennings is a Trustee of the Massachusetts Soldiers Legacy Fund, an organization that provides tuition funding for the children of fallen service members from Massachusetts. Mr. Jennings holds an AB in economics and theology from Boston College, where he received the Scholar of the College award.

  • NetBrain Leadership: <span class=Lizuo Jin" loading="lazy">

    Lizuo Jin Independent Director

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    Lizuo Jin Independent Director

    Dr. Lizuo Jin has served as a member of our board of directors since 2009. In 1997, Dr. Jin founded a strategy consulting firm – Beijing Integrity Consulting Co. to help enterprises streamline management, restructure business and enhance financing.

    Dr. Jin holds a B.A degree from Peking University and Ph.D. degree from the University of Oxford.

  • NetBrain Leadership: <span class=Peter Knudsen" loading="lazy">

    Peter Knudsen CEO, Ecoair Corp.

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    Peter Knudsen CEO, Ecoair Corp.

    Peter Knudsen has served as a member of our board of directors since 2009. Mr. Knudsen has been the CEO of Ecoair Corp. for the past twenty-one years. Ecoair has designed a proprietary alternator that is manufactured by its joint venture partner in China. Recently, Mr. Knudsen set up a subsidiary in Ecoair that performs consulting in the municipal solid waste to energy field. Earlier Mr. Knudsen founded a company that supplied high rise automated warehouses to the food industry.

    Mr. Knudsen has a B.A. in economics from Yale University and an M.B.A. in marketing from Northwestern University.

  • NetBrain Leadership: <span class=Cheng Wu" loading="lazy">

    Cheng Wu Chairman and Co-founder of APL Software

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    Cheng Wu Chairman and Co-founder of APL Software

    Cheng Wu, NetBrain’s newest board member, is a 4x founder in the enterprise space and has returned over $6 billion to investors. Mr. Wu is currently the chairman and co-founder of APL software and has previously founded many successful ventures such as Azuki Systems, Acopia Networks, Arrowpoint Communications and Arris Networks. He has also assumed executive roles at Cisco and Ericsson.

    Mr. Wu earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from National Chiao Tung University and a Master of Science in Computer Science from Indiana University.