People: Thoratec Corp (THOR.OQ)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Neil Dimick

65 2007 Independent Chairman of the Board

Taylor Harris

39 2012 Chief Financial Officer, Vice President

Marta Antonucci

2015 President, International

Niamh Pellegrini

48 2014 President - North America

David Lehman

54 2007 Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary

Vasant Padmanabhan

47 2014 Senior Vice President - Technical Operations

D. Keith Grossman

2014 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

J. Daniel Cole

68 1997 Independent Director

Steven Collis

53 2008 Independent Director

William Hawkins

61 2012 Independent Director

Paul LaViolette

57 2009 Independent Director

Martha Marsh

66 2014 Independent Director

Todd Schermerhorn

54 2013 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Neil Dimick

Mr. Neil F. Dimick, CPA is an Independent Chairman of the Board of Thoratec Corporation. In May 2007, Mr. Dimick became Chairman of the Board. Mr. Dimick was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of AmerisourceBergen Corporation, a pharmaceutical services company, from August 2001 to May 2002, and served as Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and a director of Bergen Brunswig Corporation, a predecessor to AmerisourceBergen, and was a member of that board's finance, investment and retirement committees for more than five years prior to its merger with AmeriSource Health in 2001. Mr. Dimick also spent eighteen years with the audit firm Deloitte & Touche LLP, where he was an audit partner and national director of the firm's real estate division. Mr. Dimick currently serves as a member of the boards of directors of Alliance Imaging, Inc., Mylan Laboratories, Inc., Resources Connection, Inc. and WebMD Corporation. The Board has nominated Mr. Dimick to serve as a director because of his extensive experience serving on public company boards and board committees, as well as his leadership positions with both a major auditing firm and a pharmaceutical distribution company, resulting in a wealth of knowledge on financial, commercial and industry related matters.

Taylor Harris

Mr. Taylor C. Harris is Chief Financial Officer, Vice President of Thoratec Corp. Mr. Harris joined the Company as Senior Director of Investor Relations and Business Development in February 2010. Mr. Harris was appointed as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in October 2012. Prior to joining Thoratec, Mr. Harris worked at JPMorgan Chase & Co. for over a decade in several capacities, including as a Vice President in the firm's Healthcare Investment Banking and Equity Research departments. Mr. Harris holds a B.A. in Physics and Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Marta Antonucci

Ms. Marta Antonucci is President, International of Thoratec Corporation. This new Europe -based position is responsible for all Thoratec commercial operations outside of North America , including Europe , Asia , and Latin America , and reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer. Following the completion of her PhD in Biomedical Engineering, Ms. Antonucci has spent nearly twenty years in the medical technology industry, with particular focus in marketing and sales of cardiovascular devices, having held senior management positions at Guidant, Sorin Group, and Boston Scientific, where she most recently served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the S-ICD business in Europe.

Niamh Pellegrini

Ms. Niamh Pellegrini is President - North America of Thoratec Corporation., joined the Company as President, North America, in October 2014. Prior to joining Thoratec, Ms. Pellegrini was Vice President, Rhinology with Acclarent, a medical device manufacturer and subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, from January 2011 until October 2014. Prior to that, Ms. Pellegrini served as Vice President, Venture Investments at Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation from June 2009 to January 2011. From 2000 through 2009, Ms. Pellegrini held various sales and marketing leadership positions at LifeScan, Inc., a medical device manufacturer and subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. Prior to 2000, Ms. Pellegrini held various management roles with Avocet Medical, Inc. and Johnson & Johnson. Ms. Pellegrini holds a B.S. in Finance and an M.B.A. from Santa Clara University.

David Lehman

Mr. David A. Lehman is Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary of Thoratec corp. He joined the Company as Vice President and General Counsel in May 2003. Mr. Lehman was appointed as Secretary in December 2004 and became Senior Vice President in February 2007. Prior to joining us, Mr. Lehman served as Vice President and General Counsel of Brigade Corporation, a provider of business process outsourcing services, from June 2000 to May 2003. From November 1997 to June 2000, Mr. Lehman was Assistant General Counsel at Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc., a diagnostic and life science products company. Prior to November 1997, Mr. Lehman was in the legal department of Mitsubishi International Corporation, in New York and Tokyo, for more than seven years. Mr. Lehman started his career as an associate attorney at the law firm of Hall, Dickler, Kent, Friedman and Wood. Mr. Lehman has a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of California, San Diego, and a Juris Doctor from Cornell University Law School.

Vasant Padmanabhan

Dr. Vasant Padmanabhan, Ph.D. is Senior Vice President - Technical Operations of the Company, from June 2014. Prior to joining Thoratec, Dr. Padmanabhan was Vice President, Product Development, Implantable Defibrillator Business at Medtronic, Inc., a medical device manufacturer, from May 2012 until May 2014. Prior to that, Dr. Padmanabhan served as Vice President, Product Development, CRDM Patient Management Development with Medtronic, from July 2007 until May 2012. From January 1996 through July 2007, Dr. Padmanabhan held various research and development positions with Medtronic and its subsidiaries, in both the United States and Europe. Dr. Padmanabhan holds a bachelor's degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Trichy, India, and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Rutgers University.

D. Keith Grossman

Mr. D. Keith Grossman has been appointed as President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of Thoratec Corporation since September 2014. Mr. Grossman has served as a director of our Company since February 1996. From December 2011 until its sale to Bayer Healthcare in September 2013, Mr. Grossman served as President and Chief Executive Officer and a director of Conceptus, Inc., a women's health medical device company. From September 2007 to December 2011, Mr. Grossman served as a Managing Director with TPG (Texas Pacific Group), a private equity firm, in their healthcare investment team. From January 1996 until January 2006, Mr. Grossman served as our President and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining us, Mr. Grossman was a Division President of Major Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a pharmaceutical distributor, from June 1992 to September 1995, at which time it was sold. From July 1988 to June 1992, Mr. Grossman served as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Calcitek, Inc., a manufacturer of implantable medical devices and a division of Sulzermedica (formerly Intermedics, Inc.). Prior to 1988, Mr. Grossman held various other sales and marketing management positions within the McGaw Laboratories Division of American Hospital Supply Corporation. Mr. Grossman serves as a member of the board of directors of ZELTIQ Aesthetics, Inc. and has served as a member of the board of directors of Intuitive Surgical, Inc. within the last five years.

J. Daniel Cole

Mr. J. Daniel Cole is an Independent Director of Thoratec Corporation. Since March 1997, Mr. Cole has been a general partner of the Spray Venture Fund of Boston. Mr. Cole has also been a venture partner at Oxford Bioscience Partners since 2009. Mr. Cole was President and Chief Operating Officer of SciMed Life Systems Corporation, an interventional cardiology products company, from March 1993 to March 1995, and Senior Vice President and Group President of the vascular business of Boston Scientific Corporation, a worldwide developer, manufacturer and marketer of medical devices that are used in a broad range of interventional medical specialties, from March 1995 to March 1997. He also held a number of senior executive positions at Baxter Healthcare Corporation from April 1982 to January 1993, including President of its Edwards Less Invasive Surgery Division and its Critical Care Division. Mr. Cole also serves as a member of the boards of directors of several private companies. The Board has nominated Mr. Cole to serve as a director because of his extensive industry knowledge and experience, including operational, leadership and board experience from his executive positions at major medical technology companies, venture capital partnership positions, and memberships on the boards of various private medical technology companies. Mr. Cole is also particularly qualified because of his deep knowledge of Thoratec and its market due to his nearly nineteen years of service on our Board.

Steven Collis

Mr. Steven H. Collis is an Independent Director of Thoratec Corp. Mr. Collis is currently President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of AmerisourceBergen Corporation, a pharmaceutical services corporation. From November 2010 until June 2011, Mr. Collis served as President and Chief Operating Officer, responsible for all AmerisourceBergen business units, and prior to November 2010 was Executive Vice President of AmerisourceBergen and President of its AmerisourceBergen Drug Company (ABDC). Mr. Collis joined Bergen Brunswig Corporation, a predecessor to AmerisourceBergen, in 1994 as general manager of Alternate Site Distributors, and was named President of its Specialty Group in 1999. He was previously a principal and general manager of Sterling Medical, a national provider and distributor of medical disposable supplies, health management services and continuous quality management programs to the home healthcare market. The Board has nominated Mr. Collis to serve as a director because of the insight, experience and strategic perspective he brings to the Board from his long-term experience in the healthcare industry. Mr. Collis has served in leadership capacities at several healthcare companies, including his current role as the President and Chief Executive Officer and member of the board at one of the world's largest pharmaceutical services companies.

William Hawkins

Mr. William A. Hawkins, III, is Independent Director of Thoratec Corp. Mr. Hawkins has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Immucor, Inc., a manufacturer of automated instrument-reagent systems for the blood transfusion industry, and as a Senior Advisor to TPG Capital. From 2001 to 2011, Mr. Hawkins held a number of senior executive positions at Medtronic, Inc., a medical device manufacturer, including the role of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to Medtronic, Mr. Hawkins was the Chief Executive Officer of Novoste Corporation and held leadership positions at American Home Products, Eli Lilly, Johnson & Johnson, and Guidant. Additionally, he has served on a number of corporate and non-profit boards of directors. The Board has nominated Mr. Hawkins to serve as a director because of his leadership roles in the healthcare industry for over three decades, bringing industry knowledge, strategic insight, and depth of experience to the Board, spanning from technology innovation to market development to broader healthcare policy.

Paul LaViolette

Mr. Paul A. LaViolette is an Independent Director of Thoratec Corporation. Since January 2011. Mr. LaViolette is Managing Partner & Chief Operating Officer of SV Life Sciences, a venture capital adviser and manager in the life sciences sector, where he was a general partner from January 2011 until December 2013 and a venture partner from December 2008 until December 2010. Mr. LaViolette was Chief Operating Officer of Boston Scientific Corporation, a worldwide developer, manufacturer and marketer of medical devices that are used in a broad range of interventional medical specialties, from 2004 until 2008 and joined Boston Scientific in January 1994. Prior to becoming its Chief Operating Officer, Mr. LaViolette held positions with Boston Scientific as Senior Vice President and Group President, Cardiovascular for Boston Scientific's Scimed, EPT and Target businesses, President of Scimed, Senior Vice President and Group President-Nonvascular Businesses, and President, Boston Scientific International, and Vice President-International. Prior to joining Boston Scientific, he was employed by C.R. Bard, Inc. in various capacities, including President, U.S.C.I. Division, President, U.S.C.I. Angioplasty Division, Vice President and General Manager, U.S.C.I. Angioplasty Division, and Vice President U.S.C.I. Division. Mr. LaViolette serves as a member of the boards of directors of Baxano Surgical, Inc., TransEnterix, Inc. and several private medical technology companies, and formerly served as a member of the board of directors of Conceptus, Inc.

Martha Marsh

Ms. Martha H. Marsh is Independent Director of the Company since 2014. Ms. Marsh retired in 2010 as President & Chief Executive Officer of Stanford Hospital & Clinics, a position she had held since 2002. She also served as the Chief Executive Officer of the University of California Davis Medical Center from1999 to 2002. After beginning her career at Arthur Andersen in 1975, she has served the healthcare industry for more than thirty years in a variety of leadership positions, including as Senior Vice President for Professional Services and Managed Care at the University of Pennsylvania Health System. Ms. Marsh also served on a variety of healthcare boards and committees. She currently serves on the boards of AMN Healthcare Services, Inc. and Owens & Minor Inc. The Board has nominated Ms. Marsh to serve as a director because of her extensive background in and knowledge of the healthcare industry and specifically the healthcare provider marketplace with which we conduct our business. Having served in the lead management position of some of the most prestigious healthcare systems in the United States, she brings unique perspectives on the requirements of and challenges faced by the healthcare provider industry as well as a deep understanding of the entire healthcare marketplace in the United States. Her broad-based background in accounting, finance, operations and management in the context of the healthcare industry brings a multi-disciplinary and highly relevant point of view to our Board in assessing issues and challenges within the healthcare marketplace.

Todd Schermerhorn

Mr. Todd C. Schermerhorn is an Independent Director of Thoratec Corporation. Mr. Schermerhorn served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of C.R. Bard, Inc. from 2003 until his retirement in August 2012. Mr. Schermerhorn joined Bard in 1985 as a cost analyst and has held various financial positions including Controller of the Vascular Systems Division and Vice President and Controller of the USCI division. In 1996, Mr. Schermerhorn was promoted to Vice President and Group Controller for Bard's Global Cardiology Unit. He was promoted to Vice President and Treasurer in 1998. Mr. Schermerhorn serves as a member of the board of directors of Spectranetics Corporation. The Board has nominated Mr. Schermerhorn to serve as a director because of his experience as a chief financial officer at a large market cap, publicly-held and leading medical device manufacturer, his ability to contribute to our Audit Committee as an SEC "financial expert" and his extensive experience in various capacities within the financial organization of a public company.

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