SONAMED - Key Persons
- Vice President of Global Engineering
Ajay A. Bhave joined Natus in August 2011 as the Vice President of Global Engineering. Mr. Bhave has over 28 years' experience as an Engineering & Technology and Operations leader. Mr. Bhave most recently served as the Global Advanced Manufacturing Technology leader for probes used in high end diagnostic ultrasound equipment at General Electric Healthcare, a division of General Electric. From 1990 to 2011, Mr. Bhave held various positions of responsibilities, starting as an acoustic design engineer with subsequent senior management positions in engineering & technology, supply chain management and plant operations, both at the local as well as global level at General Electric Healthcare. From 1988 to 1990, Mr. Bhave was a senior engineer responsible for medical probes development at Staveley Sensors Inc., based out of Hartford, CT. From 1984 to 1998, Mr. Bhave was a senior engineer responsible for design and applications development of ultrasound probes used for non-destructive testing (NDT) in the Nuclear and Oil & Gas industry. Mr. Bhave has a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Lowell, Massachusetts.
- Vice President and General Manager, Neurology
Austin Noll joined Natus in August 2012 as the Vice President and General Manager, Neurology. Mr. Noll has over 24 years' experience in the medical device industry. Mr. Noll most recently served as the President & CEO of Simpirica Spine, a California-based start-up company that developed and is commercializing a novel device for spinal stabilization. Prior to joining Simpirica Spine, Mr. Noll was the President & CEO of NeoGuide Systems, a medical robotics company acquired by Intuitive Surgical in 2009. Prior to joining NeoGuide Systems, Mr. Noll held numerous positions at Medtronic over a 13-year period, where he served as the Vice President and General Manager of the Powered Surgical Solutions and the Neurosurgery businesses. Before Medtronic, he held sales positions at C.R. Bard and Baxter Healthcare. He received a bachelor's degree in business administration from Miami University and a master's of business administration from the University of Michigan.
- Vice President Medical Affairs, Quality and Regulatory
D. Christopher Chung, M.D., has served as our Vice President R&D and Engineering since June 2003, and has served as our Vice President Medical Affairs since February 2003. Dr. Chung also served as our Medical Director from October 2000 to February 2003. From August 2000 to present, Dr. Chung has also served as a Pediatric Hospitalist at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. From June 1997 to June 2000, Dr. Chung trained as a pediatric resident at Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School. From May 1986 to July 1993, Dr. Chung worked as an Engineer at Nellcor, a medical device company. Dr. Chung holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania and a Doctor of Medicine degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania-Hahnemann University School of Medicine. He is board certified in Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
- Director / Director since 2004
Ms. Engibous currently serves as a consultant and advisor to medical technology companies. From September 2004 to June 2010, Ms. Engibous served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Hemosphere, Inc., an early commercialization stage, venture capital funded, medical technology company. Prior to 2004, Ms. Engibous served as President of Nellcor, a Tyco Healthcare Group/Tyco International, Ltd. (now Covidien) business from 2000 through August 2003. Ms. Engibous also served on the board of directors of the National Kidney Foundation serving Minnesota, the Dakotas and Iowa from 2006 to 2010. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan. Ms. Engibous brings to the Board knowledge of organizational and operational management as well as executive leadership experience relevant to a healthcare industry public company.
- Chief Executive Officer
- CEO and Director / Director since 2004
James B. Hawkins has served as Chief Executive Officer, and as a member of the Board of Directors, since joining Natus in April 2004, and as President from April 2004 through January 2011 and from June 2013 to present. In addition, he currently serves as a director of the Digirad Corporation and at IRIDEX Corporation. Prior to joining Natus, Mr. Hawkins was President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Invivo Corporation, a developer and manufacturer of multi-parameter vital sign monitoring equipment, and its predecessor, from August 1985 through January 2004. Mr. Hawkins also served as Secretary of Invivo from July 1986 until January 2004. He earned his undergraduate degree in Business Commerce from Santa Clara University and holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from San Francisco State University.
- Director, Sales & Marketing - Med / Surg
- Chief Financial Officer
- Vice President
- Natus As Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Jonathan Kennedy joined Natus as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in April 2013. Before joining Natus, Mr. Kennedy was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Intersil Corporation, a global semiconductor manufacturer, since 2009. Prior to that, he was Intersil's Corporate Controller since 2005 and Director of Finance since 2004. Before joining Intersil, Mr. Kennedy held management roles in Finance and Information Technology with Alcon Inc. and Harris Corporation. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and a Master of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Central Florida. Mr. Kennedy is also a Certified Public Accountant.
- Director / Director since 2002
Mr. Ludlum has been Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of EndoGastric Solutions, Inc., a medical device company. since April 2011. Previously, Mr. Ludlum served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Paracor Medical Systems, Inc. from April 2008 to September 2009. From August 2007 through December 2007 he was the Chairman of the board of directors of AtheroMed, Inc. From March 2007 through August 2007 he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Zonare Medical Systems. From 2005 through early 2007, Mr. Ludlum was an investor, advisor and board member for several medical technology companies. He was President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of the board of directors of Revivant Corporation from June 2003 until its sale to Zoll Medical Corporation in October 2004. Prior to that, he was Chief Financial Officer of Perclose, Inc. Mr. Ludlum currently serves on the boards of directors of several private medical technology companies and was a director of Thermage, Inc. (Nasdaq: THRM) from March 2004 to July 2007. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Lehigh University and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Columbia University. Mr. Ludlum brings to the Board many years of experience as an executive and board member of dynamic medical technology companies. His service as chief financial officer at several public companies has provided him with extensive financial and accounting experience, and knowledge of accounting principles, financial reporting rules, and regulations. With his background in investment banking he also brings a unique perspective to the Board.
- Vice President and General Manager, Newborn Care
Kenneth M. Traverso has served as our Vice President and General Manager, Newborn Care, since October 2012. Previously, he served as Vice President Marketing and Sales from April 2002 to September 2012. From September 2000 to April 2002, he served as our Vice President Sales. From October 1999 to July 2000, Mr. Traverso served as President of DinnerNow.com Inc., an internet aggregator for the restaurant industry. From January 1998 to September 1999, Mr. Traverso served as Vice President Sales, Western Region of Alere Medical, an outpatient chronic disease management company. From May 1995 to January 1998, Mr. Traverso served as Vice President Marketing and Sales of AbTox, Inc., a low temperature sterilization company. From August 1990 to May 1995, Mr. Traverso served in various capacities at Natus, including Vice President Sales. From September 1984 to July 1990 Mr. Traverso served various positions at Nellcor, a medical device company, including Regional Sales Manager, Western Region. Mr. Traverso holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Administration & Marketing from San Francisco State University.
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- Chairman / Director since 2004
Mr. Gunst joined the Board of Directors in June 2004 and he was appointed Chairman in September 2004. Mr. Gunst is currently a private investor. From 1990 to 1999, Mr. Gunst served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Good Guys, Inc. During the past five years, Mr. Gunst has also served on the boards of directors of Phoenix Footwear Group, Inc. (NYSE Amex: PXG), PortalPlayer, Inc., which was acquired by NVIDIA Corporation in January 2007 and AmNet Mortgage, Inc., which was acquired by Wachovia Corp. in December 2005. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Dartmouth College and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Chicago's Graduate School of Business. Mr. Gunst brings to the Board knowledge and experience gained from decades of managing and directing public and private companies across several industries.
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- Director / Director since 1987
- Managing Partner of Alpine Partners LLC
Mr. Moore is one of our co-founders. Mr. Moore has served as the Managing Partner of Alpine Partners LLC since May 2008 as well as from 2003 to 2004. From 2004 until May 2008 Mr. Moore was a special limited partner for medical technology at Blue Line Partners, a private equity firm. Mr. Moore currently serves on the board of directors of IRIDEX Corporation (Nasdaq: IRIX) and served on the boards of directors of Criticare Systems, Inc. from 2006 until it was acquired by Opto Circuits (India) Limited in April 2008 and Urologix Inc. (Nasdaq: ULGX) until June 2010. Mr. Moore holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from the University of Utah. Mr. Moore brings to the Board more than 25 years of executive experience in the worldwide medical technology field, particularly in the areas of sales, marketing, and product development.