Board of Directors
|Kirtley (Kirt) C. Stephenson|
Nonexecutive Chairman of the Board of Directors
Kirtley (Kirt) C. Stephenson serves as nonexecutive Chairman of the SeaSpine Board of Directors. Between May 2011 and December 2013, Mr. Stephenson was President of Integra’s U.S. Spine business, where he was responsible for sales, marketing, research and development and other related functions. Mr. Stephenson served as President and CEO of SeaSpine, Inc. from 2002 until it was sold to Integra in May 2011. Mr. Stephenson has over 28 years of experience in the medical device industry with 17 years of experience in the spine market. Prior to cofounding SeaSpine, Inc. in 2002, Mr. Stephenson was Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Alphatec. Mr. Stephenson received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Cincinnati and an M.B.A. degree from Xavier University.
|Stuart M. Essig, Ph.D.|
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 Integra’s Chairman of the Board, 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 supervised the medical technology practice at Goldman, Sachs & Co. as a Managing Director. 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 and served on the boards of several NASDAQ and NYSE listed companies ranging in size from several hundred million dollars to $20 billion in market capitalization. Dr. Essig currently serves on the Board of Directors of Owens & Minor, Inc. and as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Breg, Inc. He serves on the Leadership Council, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Princeton University. He is a founding investor member of Tigerlabs, a Princeton-based business accelerator. He is an Executive in Residence at Cardinal Partners and a Venture Partner at Wellington Partners Advisory AG, both venture capital firms and serves as a Senior Advisor to TowerBrook Capital Partners and Water Street Healthcare Partners. From 1998 until January 2017, he served on the Board of Directors on St. Jude Medical Corporation until its acquisition by Abbott Laboratories. 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 having served on the boards of such organizations. Dr. Essig received an A.B. degree, magna cum laude, from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and M.B.A. and Ph.D. in Financial Economics degrees from the University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business.
|Cheryl R. Blanchard, Ph.D.|
Cheryl R. Blanchard, Ph.D. serves as a director of SeaSpine. Dr. Blanchard is a medical device and biologics executive with over 25 years of leadership experience. She is currently Chief Executive Officer of Microchips Biotech, Inc., a company developing implantable drug delivery products. Prior to that she was a corporate officer of Zimmer, Inc., a medical device company focused on musculoskeletal products, where she served as Senior Vice President, Chief Scientific Officer and general manager of Zimmer Biologics. During her 12 years with Zimmer, she operated in roles of increasing responsibility including global leadership of research and development, advanced technologies, clinical, quality and regulatory affairs, medical affairs, medical education, health economics, and reimbursement. Prior to Zimmer, Dr. Blanchard built and led the medical device practice at Southwest Research Institute while also serving as an adjunct professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center, both in San Antonio, Texas. Some of her work led to the creation of Keraplast Technologies, LLC. Dr. Blanchard brings experience in business management, technical leadership and a track record commercializing medical technology products. In 2015, she was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Dr. Blanchard holds a Bachelor of Science in Ceramic Engineering from Alfred University, and a Master of Science and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering, both from the University of Texas at Austin.
|Keith Bradley, Ph.D.|
Keith Bradley, Ph.D. serves as a director of SeaSpine. Since 1992, Dr. Bradley has been a director of Integra. In addition, Dr. Bradley currently serves as the chairman of the compensation committee of Integra’s board of directors and as a member of the nominating and corporate governance committee of Integra’s board of directors. Between 1996 and 2003, he was a director of Highway Insurance plc, an insurance company listed on the London Stock Exchange, and has been a consultant to a number of business, government and international organizations. Dr. Bradley was formerly a visiting professor at the Harvard Business School, Wharton and UCLA, a visiting fellow at Harvard’s Center for Business and Government and a professor of international management and management strategy at the Open University and Cass Business School, U.K. Dr. Bradley has taught at the London School of Economics and was the director of the School’s Business Performance Group for more than six years. He received B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from British universities. Dr. Bradley is an adviser to RPH Capital, Canada. He previously served as a director and chair of North Star Capital Management Limited and GRS Financial Solutions Limited.
Michael Fekete serves as a director of SeaSpine. Mr. Fekete has served as an independent corporate advisor specializing in capital markets, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate strategy since 2009. From 2005 through 2009, Mr. Fekete was a Managing Director and Head of West Coast Healthcare Investment Banking for Wells Fargo / Wachovia Securities (acquired by Wells Fargo in December 2008). From 1986 to 2005, Mr. Fekete worked as an investment banker at CIBC World Markets, Oppenheimer & Co., Inc., and L.F. Rothschild & Co., Inc., where he focused on clients in the medical device, pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors. Mr. Fekete is a director of DFB Pharmaceuticals, LLC, a privately held company with operating and investing activities in the pharmaceutical sector. Mr. Fekete earned his B.S. in business administration from The Pennsylvania State University.
|John B. Henneman, III|
John B. Henneman, III serves as a director of SeaSpine. Mr. Henneman has more than 22 years of combined financial and operational management experience in the life sciences industry. Since October 2014 Mr. Henneman has been the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of NewLink Genetics Corporation, a biotechnology company focused on cancer immunotherapy, where he is responsible for finance, law, quality and administration. Prior to joining NewLink Genetics, Mr. Henneman served Integra LifeSciences in various capacities since 1998. Before becoming Integra’s Chief Financial Officer in 2007, Mr. Henneman served Integra as General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer, responsible at various times for Integra’s regulatory affairs, quality systems, clinical affairs, human resources, information systems and legal affairs functions and the management of Integra’s surgical instruments business. Mr. Henneman also serves on the board of directors of R1 RCM, Inc., a public company based in Chicago providing revenue cycle management services to hospitals and Alafair Biosciences, Inc., a privately-held medical device company based in Austin, Texas. Mr. Henneman received an A.B. from Princeton University and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.
|Keith C. Valentine|
SeaSpine President & CEO
Keith Valentine has served as our Chief Executive Officer since May 2015, our President since July 2015 and joined our Board of Directors in July 2015. Prior to joining SeaSpine, Mr. Valentine served as President and Chief Operating Officer of NuVasive, Inc. from January 2007 to April 2015 and as President from December 2004 to January 2007., prior to which he served in various senior executive roles in Marketing, Development and Operations since joining NuVasive in 2001. Previously, Mr. Valentine served as Vice President of Marketing at ORATEC Interventions, Inc., a medical device company acquired by Smith & Nephew PLC., and spent eight years in various roles with Medtronic Sofamor Danek, including Vice President of Marketing for the Rods division and Group Director for the BMP Biologics program, the Interbody Sales Development Effort, and International Sales and Marketing. Mr. Valentine received a B.B.A. in Management and Biomedical Sciences from Western Michigan University.
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