Leslie H. Cross
Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer
Leslie H. Cross is the Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Cross is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of DJO Global, Inc. Mr. Cross continues to serve as a Director of DJO Global. In calendar 2010, DJO Global's net sales were $966 million, with adjusted EBITDA of $262 million. DJO Global is a manufacturer and worldwide leading distributor of electrotherapy products for pain therapy and rehabilitation, clinical devices for the treatment of patients in physical therapy clinics, knee, hip and shoulder implant products, and orthopedic rehabilitation products, including rigid knee bracing, orthopedic soft goods, cold therapy systems, vascular systems and bone growth stimulation devices. Mr. Cross has held principal executive roles at DJO Global and its predecessors since 1995. From 1990 to 1994, Mr. Cross held the position of Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Development of the Bracing & Support Systems division of Smith & Nephew. He was a Managing Director of two different divisions of Smith & Nephew from 1982 to 1990. Mr. Cross earned a diploma in medical technology from Sydney Technical College in Sydney, Australia and studied business at the University of Cape Town in Cape Town, South Africa.
Chief Operating Officer & President, International
Patrick Ryan came to Alphatec Spine from Abbott Vascular Devices, where he served as Divisional Vice President, North Asia since August 2010. This division of Abbott Vascular has annual revenues of $200 million. For the two years prior to his role in North Asia, he served as Divisional Vice President, Canada and Latin America. Prior to that, Pat held senior roles in Operations, including, Divisional Vice President, Worldwide Operations, Abbott Vascular and Divisional Vice President, Operations, Cardiac Therapies. Before joining Abbott, Mr. Ryan held positions of increasing responsibility with Guidant Corporation, including Vice President, Manufacturing, Vascular Intervention and Vice President and Managing Director, Guidant Ireland. Prior to joining Guidant, Mr. Ryan served 14 years on active duty in the United States Navy. He received a MS, Petroleum Management, from the University of Kansas and a BS Economics, from the United States Naval Academy.
Michael O'Neill, FCMA
Chief Financial Officer, Vice President and Treasurer
Michael O’Neill has served as the Chief Financial Officer, Vice President and Treasurer since October of 2010. From November 2007 to March 2009 he served as the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Mentor Corporation, a surgical aesthetics manufacturer. Mentor Corporation was acquired by Johnson & Johnson in January 2009. Prior to joining Mentor Corporation, Mr. O'Neill had spent the previous twenty years with Johnson & Johnson, with his most-recent position being Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Johnson & Johnson Worldwide Information Technology. From 2001 through 2007 Mr. O'Neill served as the Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer for LifeScan, a division of Johnson & Johnson, a leading supplier of blood glucose monitoring systems. Mr. O'Neill began working for Johnson & Johnson in 1987 and moved through a series of progressively more responsible positions including International Controller, Operations Controller, Finance Director, and Group Finance Director. Mr. O'Neill received a B.A. in Economics and Statistics from the University of Exeter, Devon, United Kingdom and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants of Great Britain.
Senior Vice President of U.S. Commercial Operations
Mr. McLeer most recently served as Chief Marketing Officer and General Manager of Spinal Operations for Pioneer Surgical, a full-line manufacturer and distributor of spinal implants and biologics, where he had responsibility for the Marketing, Sales, Engineering, Contracts and Customer Service departments. Prior to that, Mr. McLeer was Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Archus Orthopedics where he had responsibility for creating a global strategy focused on growth and development for a newly created spinal implant segment. Mr. McLeer has also held several other executive-level positions at Spinal Concepts, Inc., Interpore Cross, Inc., and Zimmer, Inc. Mr. McLeer received his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and his B.S. in Business Administration with a Marketing Major from Ohio State University.
Ebun S. Garner, Esq.
General Counsel, Senior Vice President and Secretary
Ebun S. Garner, Esq. has served as General Counsel and Vice President, Compliance since August 2006 after originally joining Alphatec Spine in 2005 as Vice President of Legal Affairs. Prior to Alphatec, Mr. Garner was a corporate associate in the New York office of the law firm of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. While at Mintz Levin, Mr. Garner provided counsel to a variety of orthopedic device and drug discovery companies, and prior to Mintz Levin, he was a corporate associate in the New York office of the law firm of Squadron, Ellenoff, Plesent and Sheinfeld, LLP. Mr. Garner is admitted to practice law in the State of New York. He received a B.A. from University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from New York University School of Law.
President, Alphatec Pacific, Inc.
Mitsuo Asai has served as President of Alphatec Pacific, Inc. ("API"), a wholly owned subsidiary of Alphatec Holdings, Inc. since April 2008. Prior to joining Alphatec, Mr. Asai was the President of Tokai Co., Ltd., a manufacturer of consumer goods with annual sales of approximately 10 billion yen (approximately US $100 million) and over 285 employees, since 2006. From 2002 to 2004, Mr. Asai served as General Manager and President of Virbac Japan Co., Ltd., a company that focused on veterinary pharmaceuticals and healthcare products. From 1998 to 2002, Mr. Asai served as President and CEO of Vital Link Corporation, a distributor of cardiovascular medical devices in Japan. From 1985 to 1996, Mr. Asai held various positions of increasing responsibility with Beckman Coulter, K.K., a leading manufacturer of biomedical testing instrument systems. Mr. Asai earned a Bachelor of Arts in Law from Kyoto Ryukoku University in 1979.
General Manager - Vice President, Operations EMEA
Raoul Bernhardt joined Alphatec Spine in November 2011 as Supply Chain Director – EMEA and was promoted to his current position in January 2013. Prior to joining Alphatec Spine, Raoul had extensive Operations experience, having held key leadership roles at Millipore SAS and subsequently at Merck Millipore. His significant accomplishments at Millipore & Merck included Lean manufacturing and 6 Sigma success in several areas. Mr. Bernhardt received his Masters in Supply Chain Management from Strasbourg Management School.
Vice President, Marketing
Mr. Bishop joined Alphatec Spine in October of 2010, in the capacity of Group Product Director. Prior to joining Alphatec, he served as Global Marketing Director at ConMed Linvatec, a full-line manufacturer and distributor of arthroscopic implants and orthopedic capital equipment and supplies. In his eleven years at ConMed Linvatec, he held various positions of management with responsibility for the sports medicine product segment, with annual revenues of $200 million. Prior to that, Mr. Bishop held various marketing positions at Smith+Nephew Endoscopy and Luxtec Corporation, a fiber optic based surgical products manufacturer. Mr. Bishop also spent time in Sales and Sales Management roles at the former Richard Allan Medical, a manufacturer of general surgical disposable and reusable instrumentation.
Vice President, Global Human Resources
Roy Burchill joined Alphatec Spine in May 2011 as Senior Director, Total Rewards and was appointed to his current position in January 2013. Prior to joining Alphatec Spine, Roy had extensive HR leadership experience in a variety of industries and most recently at successful life sciences companies such as Illumina and Gen-Probe (now Hologic). Roy received a BA in Economics from the University of California, San Diego.
Vice President, Sales and Marketing, France and UK
Edouard Goetgheluck has served as Vice President Sales and Marketing for Alphatec Spine in France and UK, both direct markets in Europe, since January 2011. Prior to that, he served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Scient’x Asia Pacific Pty Ltd in Singapore from 2007 to 2010. Mr. Goetgheluck initially joined Scient’x in April 2002 with the mission to build the distribution network in Asia Pacific. Prior to joining Alphatec Spine, Mr Goetgheluck spent six years in Sydney - Australia at Telstra - the national telecommunications provider, in a strategic marketing and business development role. Mr Goetgheluck earned a Master Degree in International Marketing and Management from University of Littoral located in Dunkirk - France.
Kristine M. Jacques
Vice President and General Manager, Biologics
Kris Jacques assumed the role of Vice President and General Manager, Biologics for Alphatec Spine, one of our three key platforms for growth effective in July 2011. Previously, she served as Vice President, Marketing at Alphatec Spine. Ms. Jacques joined Alphatec Spine in September 2007 with a dual role as Marketing Director, Interbody and Biologics and Director, Business Development, Asia-Pacific. Prior to joining Alphatec Spine, Ms. Jacques spent 15 years with several divisions of General Electric Corporation and three years with Smith & Nephew PLC where she had increasing roles in the Global Product Management, Business Development, Sales and Corporate Finance departments. Ms Jacques earned a B.A. degree in Finance from Michigan State University.
Vice President, General Manager - Europe
Peter Kohlbecher joined Alphatec Spine in November 2008. Prior to joining Alphatec Spine, Peter most recently served as the worldwide Director of Group Product Management and Director of Operational Marketing Power Systems at Aesculap AG, one of the world's largest manufacturers of surgical instrumentation. Mr. Kohlbecher worked at Aesculap for over 20 years, and had increasing roles of business development and sales responsibility including international markets. While at Aesculap he directed the turnaround of Aesculap's Strategic Business Area Power Systems and led the unit to the achievement of double digit revenue growth. Between 1998 and 2002 he was Director of Healthcare Services for Aesculap's U.S. operations, during which time he introduced Aesculap's pay-per-use procedural cost management systems for endoscopy. Mr. Kohlbecher received his MBA from Heriot Watt University, which is located in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Stephen A. Lubischer
Vice President, Sales
Stephen A. Lubischer has served as Vice President, Sales for the U.S. since November 2006. He originally joined Alphatec Spine in 2005 as Regional Vice President for the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic and led the territory through seven consecutive quarters of significant growth. Prior to Alphatec Spine, Mr. Lubischer's background includes 11 years of experience in senior sales management at Interpore Cross International, including Eastern Vice President of Sales and National Sales Manager of Distribution. He began working for Interpore Orthopaedics when the orthopaedic division was first established in 1990 and was instrumental in building the division. In addition, Mr. Lubischer's experience includes six years as Vice President of Sales at Immedica, Inc. and at Bionx Implants, both east coast orthopedic companies. Mr. Lubischer received his B.A. from Boston College.
Vice President, Finance and Corporate Controller
Dennis Nelson joined Alphatec Spine as Vice President Finance and Corporate Controller in March of 2011. In his role, he leads the finance department in accounting, reporting, and planning and analysis. Prior to Alphatec Spine, Dennis held the position of Chief Financial Officer for Phoenix Footwear where he was responsible for all financial and operational aspects of a multi-brand footwear company. Prior to Phoenix Footwear Group, Dennis was the Director of Finance for TaylorMade Golf and worked in numerous leadership positions within the finance department during his nine year tenure. Dennis began his career working as a Certified Public Accountant after receiving a BA in Business Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Vice President, Operations
Mike has held numerous positions in Operations, Information Technology, and Program Management and was most recently a Managing Director with First Marblehead Corporation in Boston, MA. Prior to joining First Marblehead, Mike served over 24 years in the U.S. Navy and retired with the rank of Captain in July 2003. While in the Navy he served in a variety of ashore and afloat positions, including Supply Officer, USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) and the primary assistant to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, Fleet Readiness and Logistics. Mike received a B.S. from Saint John Fisher College, a M.S. from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a M..A. from the Naval War College.
Vice President, Research and Development
J. P. Timm has served as Alphatec's Vice President, Research and Development since February 2008. Prior to joining Alphatec Spine, Mr. Timm served as Vice President of Research and Development at Applied Spine Technologies Inc. since 2004. From 1999 to 2004, Mr. Timm served in various engineering and research and development capacities at Interpore Cross International, most recently as Director of Development, Anterior Fusion and Disc Systems. From 1997 to 1999, Mr. Timm served as a Development Engineer with Biomet, Inc. Mr. Timm has had deep involvement in developing new products for spinal pathologies, is a named inventor on several patents, and an author of several peer-reviewed publications. Mr. Timm is a charter member of the Spine Arthroplasty Society and earned a B.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.
Vice President, General Manager – Latin America
Armin Weichert joined Alphatec Spine in May 2010 as Vice President and General Manager Latin America. Previously, Mr. Weichert spent his career with the B. Braun Group. In 1995, he was instrumental in starting to build up the Aesculap Division as Sales Manager, Aesculap Orthopedics and Spine; from 1997 to 2010, as Division Director he was responsible for the entire Aesculap Division in Brazil; from 1989 to 1995 he served as Area Sales and Marketing Manager for the B. Braun Pharmaceutical Division for Asia Pacific, Southern Europe and Western Europe; from 1987 to 1989 he served for B. Braun Biotech Ltd. as Export Manager for Asia Pacific, Southern Europe and Western Europe; from 1986 to 1987 he made his apprenticeship as Industrial Manager. Mr. Weichert holds a B.A. in Administration and Economics from the Business Academy for Administration and Economics of the city of Kassel, State of Hessen and a MBA in Corporate Marketing from the Federal University Fluminense from Rio de Janeiro (UFF – Universidade Federal Fluminense). From 2008 to 2009, Mr. Weichert was member of the ABIMED, the Brazilian Association of Importing Companies of Medical Devices and Equipment, sister entity in the U.S. is the Advanced Medical Technology Association.