Leading Leaders

Brian Pinkerton
General Manager for A9

Brian Pinkerton joined A9.com in 2003 as Principal Engineer. After leaving to start his own company, Brian returned to A9 in 2011 as Chief Architect. Since 2012, Brian has served as General Manager for A9.

Brian brings over 20 years of Search experience to A9. In 1993, Brian created WebCrawler, the first Internet search engine, while working on his Ph.D. at the University of Washington. He subsequently held senior management roles at Excite, Technorati, and Lucid Imagination.

Brian holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Computer Science & Engineering from the University of Washington, as well as a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin.

Matt Battles
Vice President of Ad Technologies

Matt Battles serves as A9.com's Vice President of Ad Technologies. Matt joined A9.com in 2004, and has held roles in Finance as well as Sales and Marketing. After leaving to help launch another company in 2007, Matt returned to A9.com in 2010.

Matt brings over 10 years of tech industry experience, within a wide range of disciplines.

Prior to joining A9.com, Matt worked in Business Development at Amazon.com. He also served as COO at Voleon Capital Management LP, currently located in Berkeley, California, where he helped launch the company and its statistical arbitrage trading operations.

Previously, Matt worked at D. E. Shaw & Co., where he focused on the company's internet initiatives; as SVP Product Development at Juno Online Services, he helped launch the company's ISP and the first advertising-supported free e-mail service.

Matt holds an MBA from Stanford University and a BA from Yale University.

The Ad Tech team's engineering, business development and product management groups work exceptionally closely to innovate on behalf of our customers. As a core part of Amazon's advertising initiatives, we move fast and build to incredible scale.

-Matt Battles
Vice President of Ad Technologies

Gautam Bhargava
Vice President of Visual Search

Gautam Bhargava joined A9.com in 2009 as Vice President of Visual Search.

Most recently, Gautam served as CEO of SnapTell, a company he co-founded. Gautam also co-founded Vialto Corporation (acquired by Cisco), where he was the CTO & VP Engineering. In his previous roles, Gautam held senior kernel-engineering and management positions at TimesTen Performance Software, IBM Silicon Valley Lab and Silicon Graphics.

For more than 20 years, Gautam has been a part of teams that build innovative software solutions. Gautam holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Computer Science from Iowa State University, and a B.Tech. in Computer Science from IIT, Kanpur. He has been granted twenty-one patents as co-inventor in the area of data mining and database technology and published papers in prestigious journals such as TKDE, SIGMOD, etc.

Visual Search at A9 is powering Augmented Reality solutions that let us search and discover the physical world around us by looking through the camera view on our mobile devices. Our solutions combine elements of search, computer vision, cloud computing and mobile technologies to create the best customer experiences.

-Gautam Bhargava
Vice President of Visual Search

Roie Chizik
Vice President of Finance

Roie Chizik joined A9.com in 2014 where he serves as Vice President of Finance.

Roie brings over 15 years of finance and operational experience to his role at A9.com. In addition to contributing to overall business planning and providing leadership for strategic initiatives, Roie leads financial planning, analysis and accounting for A9.com.

Prior to joining A9.com, Roie worked at The Walt Disney Company, where he served as the VP Finance for Mobile and Social games. Roie also held a wide range of finance roles at Electronic Arts (EA) and at BEA Systems (now part of Oracle). Prior to his MBA, Roie served as an Investment Banking Analyst and as an officer and instructor in the Israeli Navy.

Roie holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. He also graduated Cum Laude from The Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), Israel, where he earned dual degrees of Bachelor of Business Administration (major in Finance) and a Bachelor of Law - LL.B (J.D. equivalent).

You're not just doing finance. You're a key strategic partner to our Search and Advertising businesses here and immersing yourself in the technology. We are deeply involved in where A9 is going.

-Roie Chizik
Vice President of Finance

Diana Sutter
Vice President of Human Resources

Diana Sutter joined A9.com in 2003 as Vice President of Human Resources.

Diana brings 20 years of human resources experience to the company where she defines and implements all aspects of HR strategy, operations, and programs.

Prior to joining A9.com, Diana led human resources and organizational development teams for companies such as Netcentives, Post Communications, Inc., Tenth Planet Explorations, and Summit Organization, Inc. Building and implementing human resource and operations infrastructures that can support rapid company growth in addition to effectively orchestrating corporate change is her passion.

Diana holds a B.S. in Human Services from the College of Notre Dame.

A9 is a true powerhouse of talent and expertise, and our team has real impact; so we work hard at maintaining our small company feel: people know each other, collaborate and learn from one another. It is this unusual mix that makes A9 a unique place.

-Diana Sutter
Vice President of Human Resources