Leadership

Meet our leadership team

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

 

Executive leadership

Gayle Sheppard

Gayle Sheppard

CEO

Gayle Sheppard

Gayle Sheppard

CEO

Gayle is a 30-year seasoned technology executive with expertise delivering portfolios of business growth from superior customer experiences to future-looking product strategies, to forming and galvanizing high performing teams. Before joining Bright Machines, she was a Corporate Vice President (CVP) at Microsoft where she served in Cloud and Product business growth roles and as executive sponsor to highly visible customers and partners. Gayle was also appointed as the Chief Technology Officer for Microsoft Asia leading digital transformation, market growth, and unification of the region through center of excellence strategies. She has also held leadership roles at American Express, Intel, Oracle, and successful AI/ML start-ups across industries. Gayle holds a bachelor’s in science from the University of South Florida.

Lior Susan

Lior Susan

Executive Chairman

Lior Susan

Lior Susan

Executive Chairman

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.

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.

Eyal Porat

Eyal Porat

VP R&D

Eyal Porat

Eyal Porat

VP R&D

Eyal is an accomplished R&D leader with extensive experience establishing and leading large, cross-functional teams and creating complex cloud-based products. Prior to joining Bright Machines, he served as VP of R&D at Cymulate. Eyal has also held leadership positions in R&D, product development, and system architecture at Microsoft, as well as serving as a distinguished officer in the Israel Defense Force Technology & Intelligence Unit 8200. Eyal holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Amy Spanik

Amy Spanik

VP Finance

Amy Spanik

Amy Spanik

VP Finance

Amy is an experienced accounting and finance executive. Before joining Bright Machines, she was CFO at United Malt Group, leading the effort to demerge the Malt division into a public company. She was also the CFO of the GrainCorp Malt segment of GrainCorp. Earlier in her career, Amy was a senior manager at Ernst & Young. She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Portland and has a post baccalaureate certificate in accounting from Washington State University.


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