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.