Alfred J. NovakDirector
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.