Deb Noller is a dynamic leader who brings more than 20 years’ experience in technology, sustainability and commercial real estate to her role as CEO of the Switch Automation team. She helps large enterprises apply technology for more efficient business operations, resulting in millions of dollars in cost savings for Fortune 100 companies. Deb loves cycling, strong coffee and mentoring young women in the tech industry.
We are a mission-driven company. Our entire team is driven to transition the world’s buildings to real-time, data-driven, digital building management. We have attracted some of the world’s leading building experts, sustainability gurus, energy engineers, data scientists and master systems integrators.
Our Leadership Team
Chief Executive Officer
Chief of Research & Development
John Darlington is the Chief of Research & Development of Switch Automation and is responsible for overseeing all technical aspects of the business from strategic planning to tactical execution. His roots as a highly skilled software engineer with deep knowledge of cloud architecture, Microsoft development technologies and control and automation systems enable him to take a visionary approach to software development at Switch– which has always set the company apart from the competition. John is a movie-buff, busy dad to twins and is fascinated with disruptive tech applications of all kinds.
Chief Financial Officer
Suellen Thompson is an experienced financial and governance officer, Company Secretary and Chartered accountant with extensive experience in SaaS-based software businesses and international business. She has a Bachelor of Commerce from University of Queensland. Suellen has been a member of the Switch Board of Directors for the past twelve months. She is an avid gardener, back yard chicken raiser and active member of an all women’s choir.
Chief Technical Officer
Dion has a wealth of experience in solution development across multiple technology platforms and industries, with a specialization in Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) software development. At Switch, he brings a detail-oriented, hands-on approach to creating, transforming and managing a scalable, best-in-class software team, process and product. He enjoys a passion for quality product delivery and generating customer value that helps drive their business forward.
Chief Product Owner
Peter Rake is a highly technical systems integrator with more than 20 years of experience implementing complex building systems for Fortune 500 companies. As Chief Product Owner, Peter is on the front lines of customer relations, training and program implementation. He works closely with all project stakeholders from the site teams to the C-suite to ensure seamless implementation of the Switch Platform. Peter is a frequent traveler and enjoys sampling local cuisine and culture.
Chief of People, Culture and Impact
Patti Mason is an expert in the built environment and brings deep green building experience to increase awareness about smart building technologies. Prior to joining Switch Automation, Patti served as Mountain Region Director for U.S. Green Building Council, where she managed a team, executed large scale events, served as a subject matter expert and oversaw market development activities across the eight-state region.
Chief Operating Officer
Derek Harnett has over 30 years of experience working with building systems on various commercial, industrial, defense, governmental and life sciences projects throughout Europe, Middle East and South East Asia. With a background in construction management, mechanical engineering and hands-on HVAC, utilities and process equipment commissioning, Derek is an accredited professional for both International WELL Building Institute & RESET Air Standards and an active member of the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers.
Chief Strategy Officer
Gina has held positions in marketing, channel development, business development, program management and design, working with owners and operators of buildings of many sizes, uses and needs. Gina now utilizes the breadth of her experience and skills in developing strategies specific to IT-OT products and solutions that innovate how buildings are managed and operated. Gina has been recognized in the industry as Person of the Year nominee (2017), 100 People You Should Know, Women of the Year and 2018 nominee for The Power 100: The Most Powerful Women in the Channel and 2019 Small Business Executive of the Year.
VP of Corporate Development
Kelvin is an experienced financial services professional with a background in developed market equities investments and investment banking, working in both London and Hong Kong prior to relocating back to Singapore. At Switch, Kelvin is helping drive future fundraising and business growth. Kelvin holds an MBA from the Kellogg-HKUST program.
VP of Product
Katie is a mechanical engineer with nine years’ experience in building system design and performance optimization. She has conducted dozens of building energy audits, developed several energy simulation models, and analyzed efficiency projects for a variety of system types for industrial, commercial, and residential buildings. For Switch, Katie applies her background in building performance optimization to develop new features in the Switch Platform for our customers and partners.
Director of Product (Data)
Tyler Benz is Director of Product and has several years of experience working with large scale data platforms. Tyler studied Statistics at California Polytechnic State University and previously served as a Research Analyst & Project Manager for Northrop Grumman. Certified in SAS and fluent in R/Python, Tyler validates and processes data in the Switch Platform, manages databases and automated file feeds and ultimately, helps customers predict future behavior for their various systems and devices.
Director of Product (Building Science)
Will is an experienced mechanical engineer with a background in building sciences and services consulting. At Switch, Will is primarily involved in developing our features to meet the current and future needs of the industry, with a strong focus on building data modelling and scalable applications. Will holds a Masters of Mechanical Engineering (with Distinction) and Bachelor of Finance from the University of Melbourne, Australia.
Director of Product (Design and Experience)
Laure is a creative technologist, specializing in user experience with a background in fine arts and interior design. She works at the intersection of product design and brand identity; obsessed with crafting the best experiences based on lean user research. Laure strongly influences our ever-evolving Platform by planning and understanding UX requirements around user goals and stakeholder interviews.
Director of Smart Building Engineering
Rebecca is a mechanical engineer, who focuses on the built environment–from commercial, industrial, multifamily, public, private and higher education—on energy / sustainability-based design and consulting. At Switch Automation, Rebecca leads the Smart Building Engineering team to help building stakeholders use real-time data and advanced fault detection / analytics tools to understand and improve their building performance.
Director of Technical Services
As Director of Technical Services, Brian facilitates technical documentation and client support. Brian brings over 20 years of experience in project management, system integration, technical training, system-wide support and consulting in HVAC, temperature controls and building automation. Brian has factory certifications in multiple building management and automation systems and is a certified trainer for EasyIO and Tridium Niagara.
Kok Soon Chai
Dr. Chai has been in software development for more than 20 years, starting from embedded software development and progressing to cloud-native full stack application software development. In the last 10 years, he has focused on developing data driven software applications for smart buildings.
Leah Brownlee, Squire Patton Boggs
Chairman of the Board
Leah Brownlee returned to Squire Patton Boggs after having served in-house for life sciences companies in executive and board level assignments, providing her with a unique perspective on the challenges and opportunities that growing companies in this field face across this global industry. Leah previously worked for the firm, and another global law firm, as an associate in the Corporate and Securities practice groups, where she counseled public and private companies in connection with corporate transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, dispositions and joint ventures, and on general business and securities law matters. She is also a member of the American Health Lawyers Association’s Life Science Practice and the Food Drug Law Institute, as well as active in BioOhio.
Matt Gould, Allectus Capital
Advisory Board Member
Matt Gould is the Head of Emerging Technology for Allectus Capital and a specialist in emerging technologies, with a background in Artificial Intelligence and the commercialization of language technologies. Most recently he was CEO of Arria NLG, a publicly traded AI software company in London. Previously, he was with Hewlett Packard (HP) where he led the Asia-Pac Telco practice as the regional principal for Emerging Technologies out of Sydney Australia, before being transferred to corporate HQ in the USA to take up the role of Chief Strategy Officer for HP’s Professional Services division. Matthew was also on HP America’s M&A committee, and had a role in identifying and qualifying acquisition targets. Matthew has degrees in Anthropology, Literary Theory, and Theology, specializing in Buddhist Philosophy, and a Masters in Business with a focus on Corporate Strategy and Finance from the Advanced Business Programme at Otago University.