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Christopher Pickett

Christopher Pickett

Pelican Imaging Corporation
CEO
Mountain View, CA, USA


Christopher ('Chris') Pickett is a seasoned senior executive and business strategist in both private and public company environments. During his more than 20 years of experience, Pickett has helped to drive adoption and create financial success for companies with technologies spanning 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 - joining Rambus as part of the acquisition of Global Lighting Technologies where he was the president of the licensing division. At Rambus, he was responsible for global technology and patent licensing and helped grow Rambus' aggregate revenue more than 50% during his two and a half year tenure. At Global Lighting Technologies, Pickett developed the licensing, marketing and revenue plan resulting in acquisition by Rambus and market adoption of its technology by General Electric, Cooper Industries and others, as well as a broad array of contract manufacturers that act as a vibrant partner ecosystem. Before Global Lighting Technologies, Pickett was the 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% annually which led to Tessera being cited in 2006 by Business Week as the Second Hottest Growth Company in America and by Electronic Business as the 4th Best Small Electronics Company in the US also in 2006. He is the inventor on nine issued US patents.

Pickett has a JD from the University of San Francisco School of Law and a BSEE from the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
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