Board of Directors
Eric Major serves as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President. Mr. Major is a co-founder of the Company and has served as a member of the Board of Directors since January 2004. Mr. Major previously co-founded and served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of American OsteoMedix Corp., or AOM, a minimally invasive spinal device company that was acquired by Interpore Cross International in 2001. Following the sale of AOM, Mr. Major served as President of the Minimally Invasive Division for Interpore Cross International (now a Zimmer/Biomet company) until 2002. Prior to co-founding AOM, Mr. Major served in several sales/marketing, strategic and product development capacities with various spinal companies including Acromed Spine Inc. (now a Johnson & Johnson company) and Synthes Spine, Inc.
Mr. Major has over 20 years of experience in the spine industry and was the 2010 recipient of the Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Emerging Technologies in the Greater Washington, D.C. region. Mr. Major is a member of the AdvaMed CEO Advisory Council and serves on the board of directors of the Medical Device Manufacturers Association. Mr. Major is also active in the local community, serving on the Loudon Small Business Development Center Board of Directors, as well as the Board of Trustees for the Westmoreland Davis Memorial Foundation, Inc., a local historic preservation organization. Mr. Major holds a B.S. from James Madison University and is a member of the JMU College of Business Executive Advisory Council. Mr. Major was selected to serve as a director because of his valuable perspective and experience as President, Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of the Company, as well as his leadership skills, industry expertise and knowledge and dedication to our mission.
John P. Kostuik, M.D., is a co-founder of the Company and has served as Chief Medical Officer and a member of our Board of Directors since January 2004. Dr. Kostuik is a member of our Compliance Committee. In addition, he served as the Chairman of our Board of Directors from 2004 to 2009. Dr. Kostuik was a recognized leader in orthopedic surgery for over 40 years. From 1991 to 2003, he served as the Chief of Spine Surgery at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and he is generally recognized as a leading teacher, surgeon and authority on spinal disorders. Dr. Kostuik is a founder, member and past president of the North American Spine Society. He is a past president of the Scoliosis Research Society and an Honorary Fellow of the Belgium and Japanese Orthopaedic Societies. Dr. Kostuik has published more than 150 scientific articles, lectured in 38 countries and taught 150 fellows from ten countries. Dr. Kostuik holds an undergraduate degree and an M.D. from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, completed post-graduate surgical training at the University of Toronto and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada in Orthopedics. Dr. Kostuik was selected to serve as a director because of his valuable perspective and experience as Chief Medical Officer and a co-founder of the Company and as a former academic surgeon, as well as his leadership and reputation within the global spine surgery community, medical expertise and industry knowledge.
Daniel A. Pelak has served as Lead Director of the Board since October 2017 and is also Chairman of the Compliance Committee and a member of our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and our Compensation Committee. Previously, Mr. Pelak had served as Chairman of the Board since 2010. Mr. Pelak has over 30 years of experience as a senior executive in the medical technology industry. He has served as an operating partner with WCAS focusing on healthcare investments since November 2008. He was previously the Chief Executive Officer of Inner Pulse, a privately held medical device company, from September 2005 to July 2008. Before joining InnerPulse, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Closure Medical Corporation, a publicly traded global leader in the development and manufacture of biomaterial-based medical adhesives, from 2002 until its acquisition by Johnson & Johnson in 2005. He began his industry career at Medtronic, Inc., where his executive assignments included Vice President of U.S. Marketing, and later in his career, worldwide responsibility for three different operating divisions as the Vice President and General Manager. Mr. Pelak currently serves on the board of directors of Vertos Medical, Inc. and served on the board of directors of the Spectranetics Corporation until its acquisition by Royal Phillips in August 2017. Mr. Pelak holds a B.S. from the Pennsylvania State University. Mr. Pelak was selected to serve as a director because of his experience as an executive in the healthcare industry and his many years of experience with both public and private company board of directors.
Paul B. Queally, has served as a member of our Board of Directors since 2010 and is Chairman of our Compensation Committee and a member of our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. In December 2016, Mr. Queally became a General Partner of Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe (“WCAS”) and co-chair of its Investment Committee. Prior to December 2016, Mr. Queally was Co-President of WCAS and a member of its Executive Committee and Management Committee, with a focus on investments in the healthcare industry. Prior to joining WCAS in 1996, Mr. Queally was a general partner at the Sprout Group, which was the private equity arm of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette Securities Corporation. Mr. Queally served on the board of directors of United Surgical Partners International, or USPI, from 1998-2017. Mr. Queally holds a B.A. from the University of Richmond, where he is a member of the Board of Trustees, and an M.B.A. from Columbia University. Mr. Queally was selected to serve as a director because of his significant experience as a director on the boards of a number of other public companies, his experience with healthcare investing and his extensive financial background.
Raymond A. Ranelli has served as a member of our Board of Directors since 2011 and is Chairman of our Audit Committee. Mr. Ranelli retired from PricewaterhouseCoopers, or PwC, in 2003 where he was a partner for over 21 years. Mr. Ranelli held several positions at PwC including Audit Partner, Transaction Services Partner, Managing Partner of the Washington D.C. Regional Offices and Vice Chairman and Global Leader of the Financial Advisory Services practice with operations in 20 countries. Mr. Ranelli has served as chairman on several audit committees, both public and private, and currently serves on the audit committee and compliance committee of Syniverse, Inc. Mr. Ranelli has held executive positions in several charitable and community organizations and has received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Leukemia and the National Kidney Associations. Mr. Ranelli holds a B.S. in accounting from Virginia Commonwealth University. Mr. Ranelli was selected to serve as a director because of his financial and accounting skills and expertise, as well as, his experience as a director of several private and public companies.
Sean M. Traynor, has served as a member of our Board of Directors since 2010 and is a member of our Audit Committee. Mr. Traynor currently serves as a member of the board of directors of National Dentex and Innovage and serves on the compensation committee of both companies. Previously, Mr. Traynor served as a member of the board of directors of Universal American Financial Corporation until June 2016. Since 1999, Mr. Traynor has been an investment professional at WCAS, and is currently a general partner, where he focuses on investments in the healthcare industry. Prior to joining WCAS, Mr. Traynor worked from 1996 to 1999 in the healthcare and financial services investment banking groups at BT Alex Brown. From 1991 to 1994 Mr. Traynor served as an associate and senior associate with Coopers & Lybrand LLP (now PwC). Mr. Traynor holds a B.S. from Villanova University and an M.B.A. with distinction from the Wharton School of Business. Mr. Traynor was selected to serve as a director because of his experience working with companies in the healthcare industry, his experience with healthcare investing and his extensive financial background.
Brett P. Brodnax, has served as a member of our Board of Directors since September 2011 and is a member of our Compliance Committee. Mr. Brodnax is the President and Chief Development Officer of United Surgical Partners International or USPI. Before joining USPI in 1999, he was an executive with the Baylor Health Care System in Dallas, where he gained extensive experience creating physician and hospital partnerships and developing surgical facilities. Mr. Brodnax holds a B.S. and M.S. in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University and an M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Dallas. Mr. Brodnax has served on a number of boards, including the board of Ameripath, Inc. Mr. Brodnax was selected to serve as a director because of his experience as an executive in the healthcare industry and as a director on the boards of a number of other healthcare companies.
Carlos A. Ferrer, has served as a member of our Board of Directors since September 2010 and is a member of our Audit Committee and our Compliance Committee. Mr. Ferrer is a founding Partner at Peloton Equity, LLC, a successor to Ferrer Freeman & Company, LLC (“FFC”), of which he was also a founding member. Prior to co-founding FFC in 1995, Mr. Ferrer was a Managing Director at Credit Suisse First Boston from 1989 through 1995, where he was responsible for the firm’s investment banking activities in the healthcare industry. He has served on the board of directors of many FFC portfolio companies and currently participates as director on the boards of AgaMatrix, Inc., Arcadia Solutions and Health Plan One. He graduated from Princeton University in 1976. Mr. Ferrer was selected to serve as a director because of experience with healthcare investing and his extensive financial background.