Kirtley C. Stephenson
Nonexecutive Chairman of the Board of Directors
Kirtley (Kirt) C. Stephenson has served as a director of SeaSpine and as the nonexecutive chair since July 2015. Between May 2011 and December 2013, Mr. Stephenson was President of the U.S. Spine business of Integra LifeSciences Holdings Corporation, 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, Inc. Mr. Stephenson received a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Cincinnati and an M.B.A. degree from Xavier University.
Stuart M. Essig, Ph.D.
Lead Independent Director
Stuart M. Essig, Ph.D has served as a director of SeaSpine since June 2015 and as the Lead Independent Director since July 2015. Dr. Essig currently serves as Managing Director of Prettybrook Partners LLC, which he cofounded in 2012. He is also currently Chair of the Board of Directors of Integra LifeSciences Holdings Corporation, where he has served as Chair 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 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 $25 billion in levered market capitalization. Dr. Essig currently serves on the Board of Directors of Idexx Laboratories, Availity, and Breg, Inc. He is a Venture Partner at Wellington Partners Advisory AG, a venture capital firm. He also serves as a Senior Advisor to TowerBrook Capital Partners and Water Street Healthcare Partners. 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.
Keith Bradley, Ph.D.
Keith Bradley, Ph.D. has served as a director of SeaSpine since July 2015. Since 1992, Dr. Bradley has been a director of Integra LifeSciences Holdings Corporation. In addition, Dr. Bradley currently serves as member of the audit and finance and the nominating and corporate governance committees of Integra’s board of directors. Dr. Bradley was a member of the board of directors of Sensor Kinesis between 2015 and 2017. Between1996 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. (Hons) degree from Middlesex University, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the British University of Essex. Dr. Bradley previously served as an adviser to RPH Capital, Canada and as a director and chair of North Star Capital Management Limited and GRS Financial Solutions Limited.
Michael Fekete has served as a director of SeaSpine since July 2015. From 2005 to 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, and CoImmune, Inc., a privately held, clinical stage immuno-oncology company developing best-in-class cell-based therapeutics to treat unmet medical needs in blood-borne and solid tumor indications. Mr. Fekete was a director of Sagent Pharmaceuticals, Inc. from July 2013 until it was acquired in August 2016 and Symetis SA from April 2011 until June 2016. Mr. Fekete earned his B.S. in business administration from The Pennsylvania State University.
Renee Gaeta has served as a director of SeaSpine since February 2019. Ms. Gaeta currently is Chief Financial Officer of Eko Devices, Inc., a private company focused on cardiopulmonary digital health solutions, a position she has held since July 2021. Prior to that, from July 2017 to July 2021, Ms. Gaeta was Chief Financial Officer at Establishment Labs Holdings, Inc., a publicly traded global medical device company focused on aesthetic technologies. From August 2014 to June 2017, Ms. Gaeta was Vice President and Corporate Controller at Sientra, Inc., a publicly traded global medical aesthetics company, where she was a member of the executive team and headed the finance department. From 2004 to 2014, Ms. Gaeta worked at KPMG, LLP. Ms. Gaeta held various positions at KPMG, most recently as an Advisory Director in the Transactions and Restructuring Group. Ms. Gaeta received her B.S., cum laude, in Accounting from Loyola Marymount University and is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of California.
John B. Henneman, III
John B. Henneman, III has served as a director of SeaSpine since July 2015. Mr. Henneman has more than 25 years of combined financial and operational management experience in the life sciences industry. Mr. Henneman served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of NewLink Genetics Corporation from October 2014 to July 2018, and as its Chief Administrative Officer from July 2018 to November 2018. Prior to joining NewLink Genetics, Mr. Henneman served Integra LifeSciences in various capacities between 1998 and 2014. 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 business development, 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, Aprea Therapeutics, Inc., a public biotechnology company based in Boston and Stockholm, Anika Therapeutics, Inc., a public medical device company based in Boston focused on joint preservation and health, and Alafair Biosciences, Inc., a privately-held medical device company based in Austin, Texas. Mr. Henneman received an A.B. in politics from Princeton University and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.
Shweta Singh Maniar
Shweta Singh Maniar has served as a director of SeaSpine since April 2021. Since July 2018, Ms. Maniar has served as Global Leader, Healthcare & Life Sciences Solutions & Strategy, Google Cloud focused in BioPharma at Google, a multinational technology company that specializes in Internet-related services and products, where she leads vision, strategy, and execution of Google Cloud's industry product strategy and go-to-market model. Prior to joining Google, from November 2013 to June 2018, Ms. Maniar worked in various capacities at Genentech, where she led market growth strategies relevant to technology accelerators for therapies and diagnostics. Before Genentech, from February 2012 to July 2013, Ms. Maniar served as Director for the Center of Minimally Invasive Therapeutics at Summa Health. Earlier in her career, Ms. Maniar spent several years working in a research capacity at the Cleveland Clinic and the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron where she was primarily focused on medical devices and minimally invasive therapeutics. Ms. Maniar received a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, San Diego.
Keith C. Valentine
SeaSpine President & CEO
Keith C. 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 January 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 currently serves on the Board of Directors of SI-BONE, Inc., a publicly traded medical device company focused on the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders of the sacro-pelvic anatomy, and serves as chair of its nominating and governance committee. Mr. Valentine received a B.B.A. in Management and Biomedical Sciences from Western Michigan University.