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Board of Directors

Michael H. Carrel has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of AtriCure (NASDAQ: ATRC) since November 2012. AtriCure, Inc. is a medical device company that provides innovative solutions for the treatment of atrial fibrillation (Afib) and related conditions. AtriCure’s mission is to reduce the global Afib epidemic and heal the lives of those affected.

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; expand its market presence within Europe and Asia; and grow the global employee base from 200 to over 775 employees. In addition, during Mike’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 the healthcare and technology industries. Before joining AtriCure, Mr. Carrel was President and Chief Executive Officer of Vital Images, a publicly-traded medical imaging software company. He led Vital Images to a global leadership position in the healthcare and medical software industry. Under his leadership, the company grew revenue and profitability, increased global market share, expanded its presence to over 90 countries, and lead the company through a sale to 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., a privately-held provider of non-line-of-sight plug and play broadband wireless access systems.

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.  Back to top

Mark A. Collar has served as one of our directors since February 2008. Mr. Collar is the owner of Collar, Ltd., an investment and consulting business. Mr. Collar retired in 2008 as an officer within the Procter and Gamble Company where his roles included President of the Global Pharmaceuticals and Personal Health business. Mr. Collar joined Procter and Gamble in 1975 as a sales representative, then moved into advertising, and subsequently assumed roles of progressive responsibility within the Health and Personal Care, Beauty Care, New Business Development, Pharmaceuticals and Personal Health Care Products divisions over his 32-year career. Mr. Collar received his B.S. from Northern Illinois University. Mr. Collar brings a wealth of experience, including marketing, competitive analysis, operations, mergers and acquisitions, financial management, sales corporate strategy, risk management, regulatory, and quality control. Mr. Collar’s leadership roles in a number of organizations, including his prior membership on the board of another publicly traded company, provide us with insights into a number of opportunistic fields as well as dealing with government officials and agencies, executive compensation and corporate governance matters.  Back to top

Mr. Drake has served as one of our directors since September 2013 and as Chairman of the Board since May 2018. Mr. Drake currently serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of ViewRay, a publicly-held medical device company with global operations in radiation therapy and imaging technologies. Mr. Drake was most recently the President and Chief Executive Officer of Spectranetics Corporation from 2011 to 2017. Spectranetics, acquired by Philips in August of 2017, developed, manufactured and distributed single-use medical devices used in minimally invasive procedures within the cardiovascular system. Prior to joining Spectranetics, Mr. Drake served as Senior Vice President, Operations of DaVita, Inc., a leading U.S. provider of kidney care and dialysis. Previously, Mr. Drake spent 17 years in several positions within numerous healthcare business units at Covidien. From 2006 to 2009, he was President of Covidien’s Respiratory and Monitoring Solutions Global Business Unit, a $1.5 billion business with 8,000 employees. He has also served on the Board of Directors for The Zayo Group Holdings, Inc., since November 2018. Mr. Drake is the Chairperson of the AdvaMed Radiation Therapy Sector and a board member for the Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA). Mr. Drake holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Miami University of Ohio. Mr. Drake’s significant leadership experience in the medical device industry provides him insight into the high-level corporate governance, executive compensation, regulatory (including FDA) and business management matters that the Company and the Board consider on a regular basis and gives him skills which the Board considers as valuable for evaluating and improving the Company’s competitive position and serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors. Back to top

Daniel P. Florin has served as one of our directors since December 2019. Mr. Florin most recently served as Executive Vice President at Zimmer Biomet Holdings, a publicly-held global leader in musculoskeletal healthcare until March 2020. He was appointed to his position in July 2019 upon announcing his intention to retire from the company. Previously he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the company from June 2015 to July 2019. In addition, he served as Interim Chief Executive Officer of the company from July 2017 to December 2017. Prior to working at Zimmer Biomet, Mr. Florin was Chief Financial Officer for Biomet, Inc. until the company merged with Zimmer, Inc. and became Zimmer Biomet Holdings. Prior to working at Biomet, he held various roles at Boston Scientific, Inc., CR Bard, Inc. and Deloitte & Touche, LLP. Since January 2020, Mr. Florin has served on the Board of Directors of Pulmonx Corp, a commercial-stage medical technology company that provides minimally invasive treatment of patients with severe emphysema. Mr. Florin received an undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and earned his M.B.A. from Boston University Executive MBA program. Mr. Florin’s knowledge of the healthcare industry, proficiency in evaluating mergers and acquisitions, and significant experience as a chief financial officer and certified public accountant (inactive) provides valuable skills to the Board. Mr. Florin qualifies as an “audit committee financial expert” under SEC rules.  Back to top

Regina E. Groves has served as one of our directors since March 2017. Ms. Groves currently serves as a director for two privately held medical device companies, Advanced NanoTherapies, Inc. and Stimwave LLC. Ms. Groves joined Stimwave’s Board of Directors in July 2019 and was the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer from September 2019 to December 2020. From September 2015 to March 2019, Ms. Groves was the Chief Executive Officer at REVA Medical, Inc., a medical device company focused on the development and commercialization of bioresorbable polymer technologies for vascular applications. Prior to joining REVA Medical, Ms. Groves served as Vice President and General Manager of the AF Solutions, Cardiac Rhythm and Heart Failure division of Medtronic, Inc., a leading global medical technology company. In this position, 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. Ms. Groves has significant leadership experience and a diverse business skill set with a global perspective. She is an expert in enterprise risk assessment and mitigation and possesses functional experience in strategy, finance, sales, manufacturing operations, and marketing matters which the Board considers as valuable skills for evaluating and improving the Company’s competitive position. Ms. Groves qualifies as an “audit committee financial expert” under SEC rules.  Back to top

B. Kristine Johnson has served as one of our directors since March 2017. Ms. Johnson is President and a Managing General Partner of Affinity Capital Management, a venture capital firm that invests primarily in seed and early-stage health care companies in the United States, since 2000. Prior to joining Affinity Capital Management, Ms. Johnson was Senior Vice President and 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 ClearPoint Neuro, Inc., formerly MRI Interventions, and ViewRay, Inc. She also serves as the board chair of the University of Minnesota Foundation Investment Advisors, as well as serving on the boards of several private entities. She previously served as 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 Spectranetics, Inc., which was acquired by Royal Philips; ADC Telecommunications, Inc. which was acquired by Tyco Electronics; and Pentair, Inc. 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, provide the Board with valuable insights and knowledge, both from a client and public company perspective, particularly in matters related to mergers and acquisitions transactions, executive compensation, corporate governance and financial reporting. Back to top

Mr. Lanning has served as one of our directors since February 2006. Mr. Lanning currently is a financial consultant and a principal with the Lanning CPA group. Most recently Mr. Lanning served as Vice President-Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Frisch’s Restaurants for over 5 years. Prior to joining Frisch’s, Mr. Lanning served as Vice President, Investor Relations and Treasurer of Hillenbrand, Inc., Hill-Rom, Inc. and Hillenbrand Industries, diversified leaders in the healthcare equipment, funeral services, and material handling industries. Prior to joining Hillenbrand in 1988, Mr. Lanning spent twelve years in various accounting positions with Ernst & Whinney (now EY). Mr. Lanning, a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Global Management Accountant, is presently a member of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA). In addition, he is a past Chairman and Board member of the Indiana CPA Society and has served on the boards of several charitable and educational institutions over the years. Mr. Lanning received his B.S. in Accounting from Ball State University. As a certified public accountant, Mr. Lanning developed significant experience in preparing, auditing, analyzing and evaluating financial statements and dealt with broad and complex accounting issues comparable to those of the Company, which qualifies him as an “audit committee financial expert” under SEC rules. Back to top

Karen N. Prange has served as one of our directors since December 2019. 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 the Executive Committee. 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 led the Urology and Pelvic Health business for Boston Scientific, Inc. and served as General Manager of the Micrus Endovascular and Codman Neurovascular business at Johnson & Johnson Company. Ms. Prange serves on the boards of Cantel Medical Corp., Nevro Corp. and WSAudiology and is a strategic advisor of Nuvo Group Ltd. 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 brings extensive experience in commercial and operational roles in healthcare companies, including managing innovation pipelines and acquiring and integrating companies, to the Board.  Back to top

Sven A. Wehrwein has served as one of our directors since November 2016. Mr. Wehrwein has been an independent financial consultant to emerging companies since 1999. During his 35-plus years 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 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 also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Nonin Medical, Inc., a privately held medical device manufacturer. 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. Mr. Wehrwein brings capabilities in financial understanding, strategic planning and auditing to the Board, given his experiences in investment banking and financial leadership positions. Mr. Wehrwein qualifies as an “audit committee financial expert” under SEC rules.  Back to top

Robert S. White has served as one of our directors since March 2013. Mr. White is an Operating Partner of EW Healthcare Partners since May 2018. Most recently, 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. Mr. White served as President of Medtronic Kyphon following its $3.9 billion acquisition of the spinal treatment business. During his time with Medtronic, Mr. White also served as 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 TissueTech, Inc., a privately held parent company of Bio-Tissue, Inc. and Amniox Medical, Inc., that pioneered the development and clinical application of human birth tissue-based products. Mr. White recently served on the Board of Directors of Cardiva Medical, a privately-held company that develops and markets vascular closure systems, until it was acquired by Haemonetics Corp. in February 2021. Mr. White also served on the Board of Directors of HyperBranch Medical Technology, a privately-held company that develops and markets products capable of adhering tissues, promoting healing, preventing fluid and air leaks, and reducing infections, until it was acquired by Stryker Corporation in October 2018. Mr. White also served on the Board of Directors of Novadaq, a publicly-traded provider of imaging solutions for use in surgical and diagnostic procedures, until it was acquired by Stryker Corporation in June 2018. 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 and experience in growing companies and significant mergers and acquisitions experience uniquely benefit AtriCure. Back to top