Stuart M. Essig, Ph.D.
Lead Independent Director
Stuart M. Essig, Ph.D. serves as Lead Independent Director of SeaSpine. Dr. Essig currently serves as Managing Director of Prettybrook Partners LLC, which he cofounded in 2012. He is also currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of Integra LifeSciences Holdings Corporation, where he has served as Chairman since January 2012 and as a director since he joined Integra in December 1997. He was Integra’s Chief Executive Officer from December 1997 until January 2012. Before joining Integra, Dr. Essig was Managing Director of the medical technology practice at Goldman, Sachs & Co. Dr. Essig had ten years of broad health care experience at Goldman Sachs serving as a senior merger and acquisitions advisor to a broad range of domestic and international medical technology, pharmaceutical and biotechnology clients. Dr. Essig has chaired audit, compensation and nominating and governance committees, served as lead director, and participated in CEO succession processes on the boards of numerous public companies, ranging in size from several hundred million dollars to over $20 billion in levered market capitalization. Dr. Essig currently serves on the Board of Directors of Idexx Laboratories and Availity, and serves as Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Breg, Inc. He is an Executive-in-Residence at Cardinal Partners and a Venture Partner at Wellington Partners Advisory AG, both venture capital firms. He also serves as a Senior Advisor to TowerBrook Capital Partners and Water Street Healthcare Partners. Dr. Essig is a founding investor member of Tigerlabs, a Princeton-based business accelerator. He serves on the Leadership Counsel of the Princeton University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the NACD Compensation Committee Chair Advisory Counsel. Dr. Essig previously served on the Board of St. Jude Medical Corporation from 1999 to 2017, prior to its sale to Abbott Corporation. From 2013 until August 2019, he served on the Board of Directors of Owens and Minor, Inc.; from March 2005 until August 2008, he served on the Board of Directors of Zimmer Holdings, Inc.; and from 1998 to 2002, he served on the Board of Directors of Vital Signs, Inc. Dr. Essig has also served on the executive committee, nominating and governance committee and as treasurer of ADVAMED, the Advanced Medical Technology Association. Dr. Essig is also involved in several nonprofit charitable organizations, including from time to time serving on their boards. Dr. Essig received an A.B. degree and graduated with magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. Dr. Essig completed his M.B.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Financial Economics from the University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business.