Daniel Moore was appointed as Chairman of LivaNova's Board of Directors (''Board'') in September 2015. Previously, beginning in 2007, Mr. Moore was a member of the Board and served as Chief Executive Officer of Cyberonics. Mr. Moore joined Cyberonics from Boston Scientific, where, since 1989, he held positions in sales, marketing and senior management in the U.S. and in Europe. His last position at Boston Scientific was President, International Distributor Management. Prior to that role, he held the position of President, Inter-Continental, the fourth largest business unit of Boston Scientific, with more than 1,000 global employees and revenues exceeding $700 million. In addition to our Board, Mr. Moore currently serves on the board of directors of GI Dynamics, Inc. (Chairman), BrainScope Company, Inc. (Chairman), a company focused on traumatic brain injury, the BioHouston Executive Committee, Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering Advisory Board and the Epilepsy Foundation of America. Past board positions include: Topera, Inc. (acquired by Abbott Laboratories), TriVascular Technologies, Inc. (acquired by Endologix, Inc.), the Medical Device Manufacturers Association (past-Chairman), Smiling Kids, Inc., the Epilepsy Foundation of Texas (past-Chairman) and the Epilepsy Foundation of Texas-Houston (pastPresident). Mr. Moore’s particular qualifications for service on our Board include his extensive domestic and international sales, management and operating executive experience at a diverse, global medical device manufacturer, as well as his previous service as the President and CEO of Cyberonics.
Chief Executive Officer and Director
Damien McDonald is the Chief Executive Officer of LivaNova.
Previously, Mr. McDonald served as Chief Operating Officer of LivaNova. Prior to that, he was Group Executive and Corporate Vice President at Danaher Corporation where he led a $1.5-billion group of dental consumables companies. Earlier in his tenure, he was Group President of Kerr where he and his team focused on building a strong research and development pipeline while improving operational performance utilizing the Danaher Business System. Additionally, Mr. McDonald previously led Zimmer’s spine division where he demonstrated his leadership skills, attracting a strong executive team that created a growth trajectory for the business unit. Earlier in his career, he worked with J&J’s Medical Device Franchises, including Ethicon, where he led marketing of the $2.5-billion medical device unit.
Mr. McDonald earned an MBA at the Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne, Switzerland, along with a Master of Science in International Economics from the University of Wales, U.K. He also holds a Bachelor of Economics degree and Bachelor of Pharmacy degree, both from the University of Queensland, Australia.
Mr. McDonald is a non-executive director of the regenerative medicine company Avita Medical (ASX:AVH).
Francesco Bianchi was appointed to LivaNova's Board in October 2015. Previously, Mr. Bianchi had served on the board of directors of Sorin since August 2015. Mr. Bianchi has acquired 30 years of M&A and strategic advisory experience working for prime international financial institutions such as JPMorgan Chase (Paris), Morgan Grenfell (Milan), Citi (London) and Bankers Trust (Milan), where he served as General Manager and Head of the M&A and Corporate Finance division. Mr. Bianchi has worked as an advisor in the liquidation of Efim, a former Italian state-owned entity. He also headed the Strategic Planning division of Banca-Intesa S.p.A. in Italy and abroad, and served as a member of the Intesa Sanpaolo Supervisory Board. He is currently Intendant of Maggio Fiorentino Theatre Foundation. Mr. Bianchi graduated with a degree in Economic Sciences from the University of Florence, and is a Chartered Accountant. Mr. Bianchi's particular qualifications for service on our Board include his financial expertise, which he gained through an extensive professional background working in strategy and mergers and acquisitions at prominent financial institutions, his accounting expertise and his prior experience serving on numerous company boards.
Stefano Gianotti was appointed to LivaNova's Board in October 2015. Prior to joining LivaNova, Mr. Gianotti founded Padana Ricambi S.p.A, a company that specializes in the production of parts for motorcycles and scooters, in 1982. He serves on the board of KYMCO-Padana Ricambi S.p.A, KIM S.R.L., Banco di Brescia S.p.A., Banca Popolare di Bergamo S.p.A., Calisio S.p.A., San Paolo Foundation Bank of Brescia and the Association of Former Shareholders of Banca Lombarda e Piemontese. Mr. Gianotti is also an accountant from the Institute of Accounting, Abba, Genoa. Mr. Gianotti served on the board of directors at Mittel S.p.A. from 2009 to 2015, UBI Assicuraziono from 2008 to 2010, and Cattolica Investimenti S.p.A. from 2003 to 2007. Mr. Gianotti's particular qualifications for service on our Board include his prior management experience, his extensive financial background having served on the boards of several financial institutions and his expertise in accounting.
Hugh Morrison was appointed to LivaNova's Board in October 2015. Previously and since November 2006, Mr. Morrison served as Chairman of the board of directors for Cyberonics. Currently, Mr. Morrison serves on the board of directors of the Texas A&M Kingsville University Foundation and the Rockport Center for the Arts. From July 2012 to present, Mr. Morrison has also engaged in independent consulting and investments. From September 2008 through June 2012, he was a Managing Director at Callahan Advisors, LLC, an investment management company. Previously, from 1983 to December 2005, Mr. Morrison served as a director, and from January 1998 to December 2005 as Chairman of the board of directors, of Advanced Neuromodulation Systems, Inc., a publicly held designer, developer, manufacturer and marketer of advanced implantable neurostimulation devices acquired by St. Jude Medical, Inc. in 2005. Mr. Morrison served as a director of Owen Healthcare, Inc., a publicly held hospital pharmacy management firm, from 1994 until it was acquired in 1996 by Cardinal Healthcare. In addition, Mr. Morrison served as a director of Dow Hickam Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a pharmaceutical manufacturer and marketer, from 1984 to 1991, when the company was sold to Mylan Laboratories, Inc. From March 1996 to May 2006, Mr. Morrison served as President and Chief Executive Officer, and from January 1998 to May 2006 as Chairman of the board of directors, of Pilgrim Cleaners, Inc., a retail dry cleaning company operating over 100 stores ("Pilgrim"), and its parent, Clean Acquisition, Inc. ("Clean"). Mr. Morrison is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Morrison’s particular qualifications for service on our Board include his extensive board leadership experience in the healthcare sector, specific knowledge of neurostimulation device businesses, his operating executive experience and his accounting expertise.
Alfred J. Novak
Alfred Novak was appointed to LivaNova's Board in October 2015. Previously, Mr. Novak had served on the board of directors of Cyberonics, since January 2007. From April 2014 until March 2015, Mr. Novak served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Syntheon Cardiology, LLC, an early-stage company developing a percutaneous prosthetic aortic heart valve. From September 1999 until January 2014, he served on the board of directors of OrbusNeich Medical Technology Company, Ltd., a privately held interventional cardiology company, where he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from January 2010 until October 2013. He previously served as Chairman of the board of directors of ProRhythm, Inc., a privately held company dedicated to the treatment of atrial fibrillation through the use of ultrasound technologies. In September 1998, he was a founder of Syntheon, LLC, a privately held company that focused on minimally invasive medical devices for the gastroenterology and vascular markets. From October 2002 until March 2006, Mr. Novak was the President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of Novoste Corporation, a publicly held interventional cardiology company. From December 1998 until October 2002, Mr. Novak was a member of the board of directors of Sutura, Inc., a vascular closure company. Mr. Novak was President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of Biosense, Inc., an electrophysiology company, from July 1996 until January 1998, when it was acquired by Johnson & Johnson. He was employed by Cordis Corporation (“Cordis"), then a publicly held cardiology company, from April 1984 until July 1996, when it was acquired by Johnson & Johnson. At Cordis, he served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and had additional responsibility for Americas Sales and Marketing, Asia Pacific operations, electrophysiology, interventional neuroradiology and neuroscience, strategic planning and business development activities. Mr. Novak currently serves on the board of directors of Restoring Heroes Foundation, an organization devoted to assisting veterans with obtaining access to new and progressive therapies. Formerly, he was on the board of Goodwill Industries of South Florida. Mr. Novak’s particular qualifications for service on our Board include his broad operating executive experience as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer at medical device companies, his board of director experience at medical device companies, his expertise concerning new product development, regulatory approval and commercialization of medical devices, and his finance and accounting expertise.
Sharon O'Kane, Ph.D. was appointed to LivaNova's Board in October 2015. Currently, Dr. O'Kane is the Entrepreneur in Residence at University College Dublin and is on the clinical/scientific advisory board of ScarX Therapeutics Inc., a Canadian biotech company. Dr. O'Kane is an expert advisor to the Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst Facility at GSK. Previously, Dr. O'Kane served on the board of directors at IOmet Pharma LTD from April 2010 until January 2016. Additionally, Dr. O'Kane was the Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Manchester Intellectual Property Company UMIP from 2009 to 2014, and the Chair of the Drug Discovery Advisory Board at the University of Manchester from 2011 to 2013. From 2011 to 2013, she was also a member of the External Business Advisory Board of the Faculty of Life Sciences of the University of Manchester, and from 2010 to 2012, Dr. O'Kane was a non-executive director of Manchester Inward Development Agency and a member of the Operational Board of the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities' Centre of Excellence. Dr. O'Kane co founded, and from 1998-2010 was the Chief Scientific Officer and Executive Director of Renovo Group PLC (“Renovo''), a publicly listed U.K. biotech company. Dr. O'Kane has been a member of the Institute of Directors since 2002, and has a diploma in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors. Dr. O'Kane's particular qualifications for service on our Board include her extensive experience in the healthcare arena in both academic and research capacities, service on the boards of other biotech and healthcare companies, her roles as co-founder, Chief Scientific Officer and Executive Director of Renovo and numerous positions advising healthcare and biotech companies.
Arthur L. Rosenthal
Arthur L. Rosenthal, Ph.D. was appointed to LivaNova's Board in October 2015. Dr. Rosenthal had served on the board of directors of Cyberonics, since January 2007. From December 2011 – June 2015, Dr. Rosenthal also served as Chief Executive Officer of gEyeCue, Ltd., which he co-founded, a development-stage medical device company working on a guided biopsy for lower and upper gastrointestinal cancer screening. From June 2011 until July 2012, he served as Executive Vice Chairman of Cappella Medical Devices Ltd. (now ArraVasc Ltd.), a development-stage company he cofounded focused on novel device solutions for coronary artery disease. From June 2009 until June 2011, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Cappella, Inc. Dr. Rosenthal cofounded Labcoat, Ltd in mid-2002 and served as Chairman, from January 2003, and Chief Executive Officer, commencing in January 2005, of Labcoat, Ltd. until its acquisition by Boston Scientific in December 2008. From January 1994 to May 2000, he was a Senior Vice President, Corporate Officer and Chief Development Officer of Boston Scientific, and from May 2000 until his retirement in January 2005, he was a Senior Vice President, Chief Scientific Officer, and Executive Committee Member of Boston Scientific. From January 2010 to June 2015, Dr. Rosenthal also served as Professor of Practice in the Biomedical Engineering Department at Boston University and has been appointed Professor of Practice, Emeritus, January 2016. Dr. Rosenthal served as a non-executive director, from 2000 until 2010, and as Chairman of the Remuneration Committee, from 2006 through 2009, of Renovo, Ltd., a U.K.-based pharmaceutical company that became publicly traded in 2006. In July 2009, Dr. Rosenthal joined the board of lnterface Biologics, Inc., a Toronto-based development-stage company focused on drug delivery devices, as a non-executive director. In April 2011, he was elected Chairman at Interface Biologics, Inc. From June 2011 until May 2015, he served on the board of Arch Therapeutics, Inc., a life science company based in Natick, Mass., developing liquid polymers to stop or control bleeding. Dr. Rosenthal's particular qualifications for service on our Board include more than 40 years developing medical device technologies as an individual contributor, technology executive and serial entrepreneur, his extensive knowledge of regulatory and compliance requirements pertaining to medical devices, his experience with new product development and technology commercialization, and his experience as an operating executive at a major medical device manufacturer.
Andrea L. Saia
Andrea L. Saia was appointed to LivaNova’s Board of Directors as a non-executive director in July of 2016. Ms. Saia currently serves on the board of directors at Align Technology, and served on the board at Coca-Cola Enterprises from 2012-2016. For 11 years, she served in various executive roles for Novartis AG, including President and CEO of its CIBAVision subsidiary and global head of its Vision Care Division. In addition to her experience with Novartis AG, Ms. Saia held senior management and marketing positions with Revlon, Unilever, GCG Private Equity Partners and Procter & Gamble. She earned an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management in Marketing and Finance and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Miami University. She also serves on the Board of Miami University’s Farmer Business School Advisory Council and is a member of Women Corporate Directors Foundation and the Women’s Leadership Development “Signature Program.” Ms. Saia’s qualifications for service on the LivaNova Board include her multi-dimensional international, medical device, consumer products and board experience.