James Brear


James Brear has proven experience driving high-growth startups to successful outcomes. Prior to joining Swimlane, James was Chief Executive Officer of Veriflow which was sold to VMWare in August 2019. Veriflow was launched in 2016 and quickly gained recognition as pioneers of Intent-Based Networking. Accolades include being named Gartner’s Cool Vendor, RSA Innovation Sandbox finalist, SC magazine Innovation award, Frost & Sullivan’s Top 10 to watch, Information Week’s vendors to watch and winner of Barclays innovation challenge.

Previously, James was the Chief Executive Officer at Procera (NASDAQ:PKT) until its successful acquisition by Francisco Partners in August 2015. At Procera, James grew annual revenues in excess of 1100% in less than six years. He completed a public offering in 2012. Under James’s leadership, Procera was added to the S&P 600 and the Russell 2000—two of the world’s most widely followed stock market indices. James built Procera into a global leader in its industry as a six consecutive year winner of Deloitte’s Fast 500 award and Light Readings Public Company of the year finalist in 2012. Brear was also selected as an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year regional semi-finalist in 2013.

Prior to Procera, James was at Tasman Networks (acquired by Nortel) and Force10 Networks (acquired by Dell). In addition, he spent five years with Cisco Systems with responsibility for delivering more than $900M in annual revenue. He is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley.