Board of Directors
Daniel A. Pelak has served as Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Compliance Committee since 2010. Mr. Pelak has over 30 years of experience as a senior executive in the medical technology industry. He has served as a Senior Industry Executive 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., or Medtronic, where he was employed from 1976 to 2002. His executive assignments at Medtronic included Vice President of U.S. Marketing, and later in his career, the worldwide responsibility for three different operating divisions as the Vice President and General Manager. Mr. Pelak is also the Chairman of Valeritas, Inc. and serves on the board of directors of the Spectranetics Corporation, Vertos Medical, Inc. and Mardil, Inc. Mr. Pelak holds a B.S. from the Pennsylvania State University. Mr. Pelak was selected to serve as a director because of his affiliation with WCAS, his experience as an executive in the healthcare industry, his significant experience working with companies controlled by private equity sponsors, particularly in the healthcare industry, his experience with healthcare investing and his extensive financial background.
John P. Kostuik, M.D., has served as Chief Medical Officer and a member of our Board of Directors since January 2004, and is also a co-founder of the Company. 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 10 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.
Eric Major has served as President, Chief Executive Officer, and a member of our Board of Directors since January 2004, and is a co-founder of the Company. 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 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 is 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 a co-founder of the Company, as well as his leadership skills, industry expertise and knowledge and dedication to our mission.
Paul B. Queally has served as a member of our Board of Directors and Chairman of our Compensation Committee since 2010. Mr. Queally is 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 has been a board member of USPI, Concentra Managed Care, Inc., MedCath Inc., LabOne, Springstone and several other private companies. 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 affiliation with WCAS, his significant experience working with companies controlled by private equity sponsors, particularly in the healthcare industry, his experience with healthcare investing and his extensive financial background.
Raymond A. Ranelli has served as a member of our Board of Directors and Chairman of our Audit Committee since 2011. Mr. Ranelli retired from 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. Since retiring from PwC in 2003, Mr. Ranelli has served as a consultant for several different companies, including WCAS, between 2009 and 2014. Mr. Ranelli has served as chairman on several audit committees, both public and private. 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. Mr. Traynor currently serves as a member on the Board of Directors of Universal American Financial Corporation. 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 1994 to 1996 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 affiliation with WCAS, his significant experience working with companies controlled by private equity sponsors, particularly 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. Mr. Brodnax is the President and Chief Development Officer of United Surgical Partners International Inc., 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 of a number of other healthcare companies.
Carlos A. Ferrer has served as a member of our Board of Directors since September 2010. Mr. Ferrer is a founding member of Ferrer Freeman & Company, LLC. Prior to co-founding FFC in 1995, Mr. Ferrer spent 17 years at The First Boston Corporation and its successor, Credit Suisse First Boston, where he started their health care investment banking group. 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 Healthcare Solutions LLC, Ardent Health Services, LLC, Ancillary Advantage, Inc., Medical Depot, Inc. and Reliant Renal Care, Inc., and is a Trustee of the Cancer Research Institute. He graduated from Princeton University in 1976. Mr. Ferrer was selected to serve as a director because of his affiliation with FFC, his experience with healthcare investing and his extensive financial background.
Michael A. Turpin has served on our Board of Directors since 2015 and is also a member of our Audit Committee. Mr. Turpin is the Executive Vice President, Employee Benefits for USI Insurance Services, a U.S.-based employee benefits and risk management brokerage and consulting company. Prior to joining USI Insurance Services in 2008, Mr. Turpin was the Northeast Regional CEO and U.S. President of Key Accounts at United Healthcare, as well as a Worldwide Partner/Managing Director with Marsh & McLennan. Mr. Turpin holds a B.A. from Claremont McKenna College. Mr. Turpin was selected to serve as a director because of his experience as an executive in the healthcare industry and his employee benefits, healthcare insurance and consulting knowledge.