Meet the executive leadership team at Performance.

Raj Ghate, Performance Software

Raj Ghate

Chief Executive Officer

Raj is an aerospace veteran with more than 20 years of experience serving top-tier suppliers in a multitude of capacities. His cross-functional experience spans engineering, contracts and product marketing, and includes individual contributor roles as well as executive roles in sales and marketing, business development and general management. Raj joined Performance in 2003 to lead (read more)

Timothy A. Bigelow

Chief Development Officer

For more than 25 years, Tim has been creating digital communications and embedded software for the aerospace and defense industries. In the early years of his career, he witnessed firsthand the challenges large companies face when they need external program support: difficulty finding talent with the right expertise, distributed team communication, schedule misalignment, project cost (read more)

Mark Latham

Finance Director

Mark has worked in accounting and finance for over 25 years. He specializes in guiding administrative operations for performance-driven companies in markets ranging from high-volume retail to industry-leading professional staffing, and safety-critical software development. He has been an auditor, an accounting manager and a project manager responsible for complex financial system implementations, including one that (read more)

Tom Hull

Business Leader

An experienced engineer and entrepreneur, Tom has an extensive history of serving quality-critical industries. Prior to joining Performance, he spent 25 years in telecom with nearly half of this time in key management roles leading large embedded software development teams and programs. In 2007, it was time for a change and Tom found Performance’s supportive (read more)

James Breese

Chief Technology Officer

James Breese has been developing software for over 25 years. Having worked in numerous quality- and performance-critical industries including avionics, energy and financial services, he’s an expert in industry-standard and emerging platforms such as embedded, Windows, Linux, Android, iOS and OS/X and programming languages including C, C++, C#, Java, JavaScript, Python and Perl to name (read more)

Chad Braun

Operations Leader

With more than 15 years of experience in embedded software and services, Chad joined the company in 2003 as an intern and quickly established himself as a vital asset to client success. He worked his way up the ranks as an engineer, project lead and program manager thus earning his current spot on the executive (read more)

Michael Johnson

Head of Products, JETS Product Manager

A results-driven leader with over 15 years of experience in avionics and healthcare, Mike has provided technical and program leadership on small- to large-scale development and test avionics programs across numerous functional areas such as displays, cabin entertainment, flight management, braking and flight controls. He has also provided technical and program leadership on multiple healthcare (read more)

Christian Cooper - Performance Software

Christian Cooper

General Counsel

Christian Cooper attended college at Arizona State University. While in college, Christian intern for the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education and spent a legislative session with the Arizona Senate as a Page. Later, Christian worked as a Junior Political Consultant for Governor campaigns and clerked for private law firms. (read more)

Julian Thomson, Performance Software

Julian Thomson

Business Leader & Product Manager

Julian brings over thirty years of experience in high technology and safety-critical systems in the Aerospace and Telecommunications markets, coupled with Fortune 500 and Silicon Valley startup experience in technical and senior management roles. (read more)

Robert M. Vieito

Customer Success Leader & Technical Program Manager

As an experienced engineer, inventor, and leader, Rob brings over 30 years of experience in the aviation industry with roles ranging from research and development, flight testing and certification to program management. (read more)

Darren Cummings, Performance Software

Darren Cummings

DoD/Cyber Leader

Darren is an experienced engineer, entrepreneur, innovator and leader with more than 20 years in developing leading-edge communications technologies for the government and commercial markets (read more).