Pelican Imaging Hires President, CEO and VP Engineering

Pelican Imaging Corporation, a venture-backed computational imaging business, has appointed a new top executive and new vice president of engineering. Christopher Pickett will serve as Pelican Imaging’s president and CEO, while Purnam Sheth will take on the role of vice president of engineering. Pelican Imaging backers include InterWest Partners, Granite Ventures, Globespan Capital Partners, and IQT.


Pelican Imaging Corporation, a venture-backed pioneer in computational imaging, announced today that it has appointed a new top executive and new vice president of engineering, further strengthening the company’s management team as it prepares to meet increasing demand for its innovative computational array camera technology for mobile phones and tablet computers. Christopher “Chris” Pickett will serve as Pelican Imaging’s president and CEO, while Purnam Sheth will take on the role of vice president of engineering.

“Pelican Imaging is poised for explosive growth. The company’s technical expertise, coupled with experience that both Chris and Purnam bring to the table, position Pelican to launch a new era in the way people interact with the images and video they capture,” said Barry Schiffman, executive managing director at Globespan Capital Partners and a member of Pelican’s board of directors. “Pelican has ambitious plans under way on several fronts. These additions to its leadership team prepare the company for establishing new partnerships and channels that can broaden adoption of its technology.”

As president and CEO, Pickett will lead Pelican’s global operations, scale the company for planned growth and serve on its board of directors. With more than 20 years of experience building and expanding profitable ventures from infancy to IPO, Pickett has helped to drive adoption and create financial success for companies developing technologies such as semiconductor packaging, camera modules, LCD displays, general lighting, cryptography and memory systems. Most recently, Pickett was the senior vice president of corporate licensing for Rambus, which he joined as part of the acquisition of Global Lighting Technologies, where he was president of the licensing division. Before joining Global Lighting Technologies, he was executive vice president of licensing at Tessera Technologies, bringing the company from start-up phase to a successful mid-cap public company. During Pickett’s 13-year tenure, Tessera achieved compound revenue and operating profit growth exceeding 50 percent. Pickett earned a J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He also is the inventor on nine issued U.S. patents.

“I’m excited to lead Pelican Imaging – a company well positioned for leadership in its market and that exhibits great potential for future growth,” said Pickett. “Pelican’s technology is receiving incredible response from a variety of consumer platforms that utilize cameras. It is clearly a game changer for a variety of camera markets and promises a much thinner module solution, as well as better low light performance, which will help to make phones and tablets even thinner, more advanced and able to offer the user a host of post capture editing functions that are difficult or impossible with current camera technology.”

Sheth brings more than 15 years of experience creating and delivering products in the networking and mobile sectors. Most recently, he was vice president of Software Engineering for BlackBerry Mobile Cloud Services at Research in Motion. In this role, Sheth was responsible for a number of the end-to-end cloud services for Blackberry devices in the areas of cloud storage, identity and push, which are delivered to more than 70 million subscribers. Before joining RIM, he was at Cisco Systems for almost 14 years, where he held a number of director and senior manager roles covering multiple networking software products, including ATM switching, broadband aggregation, MPLS VPNs, carrier Ethernet services and high availability. While at Cisco, he won the “Cisco Pioneer Technology Award” – the highest engineering award given by the company – an unprecedented three times. Sheth set many benchmarks and practices around quality, development processes, tooling and management that are now fundamental software engineering practices at Cisco. During this time, he also drove engineering excellence, as well as cross-functional collaboration, with impacts measuring in excess of $1 billion in revenue. Sheth earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, with a major in Computer Science, from the University of Waterloo. In addition, Sheth holds nine U.S. patents.

“This is a momentous time for Pelican Imaging. We are thrilled that Chris and Purnam are bringing the company the right combination of expertise to help us reach the next phase of growth,” said CTO and co-founder Kartik Venkataraman. “Chris’ proven executive leadership in business and licensing will help advance adoption and distribution of our technology. Add to that Purnam’s track record in product delivery and his customer focus, and we have a leadership team that will take the company to new heights.”

About Pelican Imaging Headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., and founded in 2008, Pelican Imaging Corporation is a venture-backed camera solution start-up in the business of commercializing computational array cameras for several consumer camera markets. Pelican’s array camera directly addresses the challenges posed by conventional camera design and small pixels. Investors include InterWest Partners, Granite Ventures, Globespan Capital Partners, and IQT.

SOURCE Pelican Imaging Corporation