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Mr. Carrel has been President, Chief Executive Officer and director since November 2012. Since joining AtriCure, Mr. Carrel has fostered a patient-first company mission by focusing on the three core areas: innovation, clinical science and education. This strategic approach has led AtriCure to significantly invest in the development of a pipeline of novel products and groundbreaking clinical trials for the treatment of atrial fibrillation (Afib), left atrial appendage management and pain management, and continue to expand its market presence globally. These investments have driven significant growth in AtriCure's revenue from $82 million in 2013 to $399 million in 2023 and allowed us to help over 100,000 patients worldwide in 2023 and one million to date. Further, market cap has increased from $115 million to approximately $1.7 billion at December 31, 2023 under his leadership. In addition, during Mr. Carrel's tenure, AtriCure has acquired three companies, Estech, nContact, and SentreHEART, adding leading ablation and appendage management technologies to further AtriCure’s market position worldwide.

His career includes successful leadership in global organizations in healthcare and technology industries. Before joining AtriCure, Mr. Carrel was President and Chief Executive Officer of Vital Images, Inc., a publicly-traded medical imaging software company which was acquired by Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation. Prior to Vital Images, Mr. Carrel was President and CEO of Zamba Corporation, a publicly-traded technology company, and Chief Financial Officer of NextNet Wireless, Inc., which also had successful acquisition exits.

Mr. Carrel is Board Chair of Axonics, Inc., a publicly traded company and global leader in medical devices for incontinence therapies that recently announced an agreement to be acquired by Boston Scientific. Mr. Carrel has served on the Board of Axonics since 2019. Mr. Carrel is also the Chair of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and has served on the Board since 2021, and he has served on the Board of Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA) since 2017. Mr. Carrel holds a B.S. in Accounting from Pennsylvania State University and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Ms. Groves has served as one of our directors since March 2017. Ms. Groves currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Fulgent Genetics, Inc., a publicly traded company providing technology-based therapeutic development and clinical diagnostics and three privately-held life science companies. Most recently, Ms. Groves held multiple leadership roles at Stimwave, LLC. Ms. Groves served as a director from July 2019 to December 2022, the Chief Financial Officer from September 2019 to December 2020 and Chief Operating Officer from November 2019 to December 2020. Before her roles at Stimwave, LLC, Ms. Groves served as the Chief Executive Officer at REVA Medical, Inc. from 2015 to 2019, a formerly publicly-traded medical device company focused on the development and commercialization of bioresorbable polymer technologies for vascular applications. Prior to joining REVA Medical, she held multiple positions at Medtronic, Inc a leading global medical technology company from 2002 to 2015. As Vice President and General Manager of AF Solutions, Cardiac Rhythm and Heart Failure division, she successfully developed and executed strategies to re-enter the catheter-based Afib ablation market and achieved the goal to be market leader in paroxysmal, or intermittent, Afib ablation. Additionally, Ms. Groves successfully acquired and integrated companies, completed numerous clinical trials and launched novel products in the United States and worldwide. Prior to this, she was the Vice President of Quality and Regulatory for Medtronic’s Cardiac Rhythm Disease Management (CRDM) business from 2006 to 2008 and before that was Vice President and General Manager for Patient Management CRDM at Medtronic from 2002 to 2006. Ms. Groves holds a B.S. in Pharmacy from the University of Florida and an M.B.A. from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.

As a seasoned executive in the medical device industry, Ms. Groves has significant leadership experience and diverse business skill set with a global perspective. Her background includes management of rapid growth, financial turnaround, acquisition integration and significant and complex events with reputational impact (including FDA). She is an expert in enterprise risk assessment and mitigation and possesses functional experience in strategy, finance, sales, Afib, manufacturing operations and marketing matters which the Board considers as valuable skills for evaluating and improving the Company’s competitive position as well as supporting the functions of the Board’s various committees. Ms. Groves holds a CERT Certificate in Cybersecurity Oversight and qualifies as an “audit committee financial expert” under SEC rules.

Ms. Johnson has served as one of our directors since March 2017. Ms. Johnson was most recently President and Managing General Partner of Affinity Capital Management, a venture capital firm that has invested primarily in seed and early-stage health care companies in the United States, from 2000 to 2023. Prior to joining Affinity Capital Management, Ms. Johnson was Chief Administrative Officer of Medtronic, Inc. During her seventeen years at Medtronic, she also served as President and General Manager of its Vascular business and President and General Manager of its Tachyarrhythmia Management business. She currently serves as a director for two other publicly traded med-tech companies: ClearPoint Neuro, Inc., formerly MRI Interventions, and Paragon28, Inc. She previously served as a director and Chair of the Board for the University of Minnesota Foundation Investment Advisors and lead director on the Board of Directors of Piper Jaffray (now Piper Sandler), a publicly-held middle market investment bank and asset management firm. Her previous public board experience also includes service on the Boards of Directors of ViewRay, Inc.; Spectranetics, Inc.; ADC Telecommunications, Inc. and Pentair, Inc. In 2018, Ms. Johnson was a National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Directorship 100 Honoree. Ms. Johnson received her B.A. from St. Olaf College.

Ms. Johnson has extensive experience in both the health care industry and the venture capital business, with the medical device industry being one of the primary areas of focus. Her deep ties to the health care and venture capital industries, as well as the significant experience she has from other public company boards, provide the Board with valuable insights and knowledge, particularly in matters related to mergers and acquisitions, executive compensation, corporate governance and medical technology.

Mr. Nachman has served as one of our directors since January 2024. Mr. Nachman has held multiple senior operating roles at Johnson & Johnson, and was most recently the Company Group Chairman of Cardiovascular and Specialty Solutions and Vision Groups within Johnson & Johnson's Medical Devices business from 2013 through 2023. He was a member of the Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Group Operating Committee and led a diverse portfolio of six medical device businesses, including Electrophysiology; Neurovascular Intervention; Ear, Nose & Throat; Breast Aesthetics; Optometry and Ophthalmology. Prior to that, Mr. Nachman served in various roles with increased scope and responsibilities, including Worldwide President of Biosense Webster and Cordis. Mr. Nachman is currently on the board of several private medical device companies, as well as the Arnold and Mable Beckman Foundation, a foundation focused on supporting research in chemistry and life sciences. Mr. Nachman received his Bachelor's Degree in Management and Economics from Technion - Israel Institute of Technology.

Mr. Nachman has over 25 years of experience in the medical device industry and deep knowledge of many related business aspects including research and development, operations, and reinventing commercial models. This experience in operational roles, including strategic planning and market development, are beneficial to the management team and the Board.

Ms. Prange has served as one of our directors since December 2019. Ms. Prange is an Industrial Advisor at EQT Group, a global investment organization, and currently serves on the boards of Nevro Corp. and Embecta Corp., publicly-traded medical device and technology companies and WSAudiology, a privately-owned manufacturer of hearing aids. Ms. Prange was most recently Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer for the Global Animal Health, Medical and Dental Surgical Group at Henry Schein, Inc. and a member of its Executive Committee from 2016 to 2018. In this role, she led a business that generated over $6 billion of revenue across three different business units, growing the business to above-market levels in all business segments. Prior to her role at Henry Schein, she was Senior Vice President of Boston Scientific and President of its Urology and Pelvic Health business and served as General Manager of the Micrus Endovascular and Codman Neurovascular business at Johnson & Johnson Company. She previously served as on the Board of Directors of ViewRay, Inc. and Cantel Medical Corp. which was acquired by Steris Corp. Ms. Prange earned her B.S. in Business Administration with honors from the University of Florida and has completed executive education coursework at UCLA Anderson School of Business and Smith College.

Ms. Prange has public medical device board service and leadership experience in commercial and operational roles in healthcare companies. Ms. Prange's experience in managing innovation pipelines and acquiring and integrating companies, as well as extensive global business, strategic and innovation, risk management, ESG and regulatory compliance, are beneficial to the management team and the Board.

Ms. Telman has served as one of our directors since June 2021. Ms. Telman has spent over 20 years in senior executive roles at global companies. She is Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs and General Counsel for Gilead Sciences, Inc., a leading biopharmaceutical company. Ms. Telman is responsible for Gilead’s legal and corporate affairs function, which includes government and policy, and public affairs, and she additionally serves as the Corporate Secretary of Gilead. Prior to Gilead, Ms. Telman was Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Organon & Co., a global healthcare company formed in March 2021 through a spin off from Merck to focus on improving the health of women throughout their lives. Ms. Telman helped lead the separation work that created a standalone company serving more than 140 markets with more than 60 medicines and products across a range of therapeutic areas. Before Organon, Ms. Telman was General Counsel at Sorrento Therapeutics from 2018 to 2020, where she was responsible for mergers and acquisitions, licensing, governance, finance, human resources, regulatory compliance and legal functions. Previously, she spent four years at Johnson Controls International plc as Vice President and General Counsel - Building Solutions, North America, and prior to that she held executive roles at Abbott Laboratories and The Boeing Company, and was a partner at Winston and Strawn LLP. Ms. Telman received her B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania and J.D. from Boston University School of Law. 

Ms. Telman's extensive experience in legal affairs, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, environmental, health and safety, human capital management, regulatory compliance and governance roles within healthcare companies are beneficial to the management team and the Board.

Mr. Wehrwein has served as one of our directors since November 2016. Mr. Wehrwein has been an independent financial consultant to emerging companies since 1999. With more than three decades in accounting and finance, Mr. Wehrwein has experience as a certified public accountant (inactive), investment banker to emerging-growth companies, chief financial officer and audit committee and board chair. Mr. Wehrwein currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Proto Labs, Inc., a custom prototype manufacturer and SPS Commerce, Inc., a supply-chain management software company, both of which are publicly-traded companies. Mr. Wehrwein has also previously served on the boards of directors for a number of other medical device and high growth companies including tenures on the boards of Cogentix Medical, Inc., Compellent Technologies, Inc., Synovis Life Technologies, Inc., and Vital Images. Mr. Wehrwein holds a B.S. in Business from Loyola University of Chicago and an M.S. in Management from the Sloan School, MIT.

Given his experiences in investment banking and in financial leadership positions, Mr. Wehrwein’s capabilities in financial understanding, strategic planning, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, and auditing expertise qualify him to serve on our Board of Directors. As Chair of the Audit Committee, Mr. Wehrwein also keeps the Board informed of current audit issues and collaborates with our independent auditors and senior management team. Mr. Wehrwein qualifies as an “audit committee financial expert” under SEC rules.

Mr. White has served as one of our directors since March 2013. Mr. White is an Operating Partner of EW Healthcare Partners since May 2018. Previously, Mr. White served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Entellus Medical, Inc., a publicly-traded company that delivered innovative, high quality, minimally-invasive therapeutic solutions to healthcare providers and their patients who suffer from sinusitis. Entellus was acquired by Stryker Corporation in February 2018. Prior to joining Entellus, Mr. White served as President and CEO of TYRX, a privately-held company acquired by Medtronic, Inc. TYRX commercialized innovative, implantable combination drug and device products focused on infection control. Prior to joining TYRX, Mr. White held several senior leadership positions with Medtronic, Inc., including President of Medtronic Kyphon following its $3.9 billion acquisition of the spinal treatment business; President of Physio Control; and was responsible for commercial operations of the Cardiac Rhythm Disease Management business as Vice President of U.S. Sales and Global Marketing. Earlier in his career, Mr. White held positions with General Electric Company and Eli Lilly and Company, among others. Mr. White currently serves on the Board of Directors of BioTissue Holdings Inc., a privately-held company, which pioneered the development and clinical application of human birth tissue-based products. Mr. White also currently serves on the Board of Directors of Vital Connect, a privately-held company that develops and markets wearable biosensor technology for wireless patient monitoring, Cardiac Dimensions, a privately-held company that develops and markets treatment modalities to address heart failure and related cardiovascular conditions, and Melodi Health, a privately-held company focused on infection control. Mr. White has served on the Board of Directors of multiple bio-medical/medical device companies, including Cardiva Medical (acquired by Haemonetics Corp. in February 2021), HyperBranch Medical Technology (acquired by Stryker Corporation in October 2018), Novadaq (acquired by Stryker Corporation in June 2018), and Entellus Medical (acquired by Stryker Corporation in December 2017). Mr. White holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla and an M.B.A. from Cornell University.

Mr. White’s significant knowledge of the medical device industry, business development initiatives, regulatory compliance, corporate governance and experience in growing companies and significant mergers and acquisitions experience uniquely benefit AtriCure.

Ms. Yuen has served as one of our directors since June 2021. Ms. Yuen has served as Chief Financial Officer at Penumbra, Inc., a global healthcare company focused on innovative therapies, since December 2019 and is a seasoned executive with more than 20 years of experience within the manufacturing, medical devices and life science industries. Over the course of her career, she has developed financial and operational expertise at both multibillion-dollar public companies and entrepreneurial start-up ventures. Prior to her service with Penumbra, she was Vice President of Finance and Divisional Chief Financial Officer for the Genetic Science Division for Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. from 2016 to 2019 and was Chief Financial Officer at Mirion Technologies from 2014 to 2016. She has also held various roles at Boston Scientific, GLU Mobile, Lifescan Inc., Picker International, Rockwell Automation and Eaton Corporation. Ms. Yuen received her B.A.Sc. in Accounting, Master of Accountancy and MBA from Case Western Reserve University.

Ms. Yuen's significant experience in finance, manufacturing and the medical device industry benefit AtriCure's Board and management. Ms. Yuen's experience qualifies her as an “audit committee financial expert” under SEC rules.