Leadership

Meet our leadership team

Led by industry veterans with deep software, engineering and manufacturing expertise.

 

Executive leadership

Lior Susan

Lior Susan

CEO & CO-FOUNDER

Lior Susan

Lior Susan

CEO & CO-FOUNDER

Lior is a seasoned manufacturing and investment leader with a passion for bringing a full-stack approach to legacy industries and building digital bridges to the physical world. In addition to co-founding Bright Machines in 2018, he founded Eclipse Ventures where he is a Managing Partner. Previously, Lior was founder and General Partner at LabIX, the hardware investment platform of Flex where he led investments in companies across energy storage, wireless/infrastructure, 3-D optics, additive manufacturing, and robotics. He also co-founded Farm 2050, was part of the founding team of Elementum and helped build Intucell. He sits on Bright Machines’ Board of Directors and the boards of Owlet Baby Care, Metrolink, Lucira and Augury. Lior is a (Res) of an elite Special Forces unit in the Israel Defense Force.

Paolo Avagliano

Paolo Avagliano

COO

Paolo Avagliano

Paolo Avagliano

COO

Paolo is a manufacturing and industrial automation executive specializing in strategy, planning, and control operations. Before joining Bright Machines, he was Head of Digital for Comau North America after serving as Head of Global Planning, Head of Supply Chain, and Head of Manufacturing. He’s also held consulting and management roles at Accenture and Cooper Standard. Paolo holds a master of science in formal methods from Universita’ degli Studi di Salerno and an MBA from Ross School of Business, University of Michigan.

Gillian Bregman

Gillian Bregman

General Counsel

Gillian Bregman

Gillian Bregman

General Counsel

Gillian is an experienced corporate attorney with a background supporting a wide range of companies, from startups to large enterprise. Prior to joining Bright Machines, she was interim General Counsel at Divvy Homes, Inc. She has previously held roles at McDonald’s Corporation and Cushman & Wakefield, where she worked on domestic and global matters. Gillian earned her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Keren Kagan

Keren Kagan

VP HR

Keren Kagan

Keren Kagan

VP HR

Keren is an HR leader with over 15 years of experience working at both startups and global enterprise companies across human resource functions. Prior to joining Bright Machines, she was the Global HR Leader at WalkMe, where she was instrumental in helping it scale up from a small startup. Earlier in her career, Keren supported strategic HR programs at PMC-Sierra. She holds a bachelor’s degree in social sciences from Bar Ilan University.

Wes Kapsa

Wes Kapsa

CRO

Wes Kapsa

Wes Kapsa

CRO

Wes is an experienced go-to-market leader known for delivering results at disruptive companies while also building high-performing teams. Prior to joining Bright Machines, he focused on customer success and driving a stable pipeline as Area Vice President at Anaplan. Previously, he held leadership roles at NetSuite, Plex Systems, and Oracle, where was recognized as a global top 10 account executive. Wes holds a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Oregon.

Itai Mendelsohn

Itai Mendelsohn

VP Product

Itai Mendelsohn

Itai Mendelsohn

VP Product

Itai is an experienced product management and R&D leader with over 20 years of technical expertise in robotics, software, networking, cloud, and data-based systems. Prior to joining Bright Machines, he co-founded Intuition Robotics and served as its VP of R&D. He’s also held leadership roles in product management, R&D, and product architecture at Nokia, SAP, and RAD. Itai holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from The Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yaffo and a master’s degree in philosophy of science from Tel Aviv University.


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