Mr Petit joined MiMedx in February 2009 as the Company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. A visionary healthcare executive, Petit has a history of developing companies from their emerging stages and leading them to maturity and significant stature in their respective markets.
In 1970, Mr. Petit founded Healthdyne, an international healthcare company that manufactured high technology healthcare devices, provided healthcare information systems and technology, and provided healthcare services and disease management. The Healthdyne related companies grew to annual revenues in excess of $1 billion. In order to increase shareholder values, Healthdyne was split into several publicly traded companies through public offerings and spinouts to shareholders in 1995. At that point, Mr. Petit relinquished the CEO role and remained Chairman of the Board of all the companies. Subsequently, the home infusion therapy subsidiary was sold to W. R. Grace Corporation. In 1995, Healthdyne Maternity Management was merged with Tokos Medical to form Matria Healthcare. In 1997, Healthdyne Technologies was merged with Respironics. Mr. Petit resumed the duties of President and CEO of Matria Healthcare in 2000. In 2001, Healthcare.com, which was formerly Healthdyne Information Enterprises, merged with XCare.net Corporation to form Quovadx. Through Mr. Petit’s vision and leadership, Matria Healthcare transitioned into the industry’s only fully integrated health, productivity and disease management care continuum providing employer and health plan clients access to wellness programs, nurse triage services, decision support programs, disease management programs for chronic diseases, case management programs for acute and catastrophic conditions and unparalleled health data integration and informatics. Matria Healthcare was sold to Inverness Medical Innovations in May of 2008 in a transaction valued at over $1.2 billion.
Mr. Petit served on the Board of Directors of Atlantic Southeast Airlines for 16 years until it was acquired by Delta Airlines, and Norrell Corporation, which was acquired by Spherion Corporation. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the National Health Museum and is a member of the Board of Directors of Intelligent Systems Corporation. Mr. Petit currently serves as President of The Petit Group, an Investment Management Organization. Mr. Petit is a member of the Board of Directors of the Georgia Research Alliance, which is chartered by the state of Georgia to promote high technology and scientific development in the state, and he is a 1994 inductee into the Technology Hall of Fame of Georgia.
Mr. Petit funded a professorial chair for “Engineering in Medicine” at Georgia Tech in 1986. In 1995, he endowed the Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Biosciences at Georgia Tech. In 2001, he helped fund the biotechnology building at Georgia Tech which has his name and in 2004 the Science Center building at Georgia State University which also has his name. In 2007, he was inducted into the Georgia State Business School Hall of Fame. In October of 2011, Mr. Petit was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering.
Mr. Petit received his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and Master of Science degree in Engineering Mechanics from Georgia Tech. He received his MBA degree in Finance from Georgia State University in 1973.
Mr. Bleser is a retired financial consultant and financial executive with significant board-level experience. He was the Managing Member of J. Bleser, LLC, a financial consulting firm, from July 1998 to mid-2015. Prior to July 1998, Mr. Bleser had over 15 years’ experience as a Chief Financial Officer and in other financial executive positions in various publicly traded companies, including HBO & Company, Allegiant Physician Services, Inc., Transcend Services, Inc. and Healthcare.com Corporation. Mr. Bleser is formerly a Certified Public Accountant with ten years of experience in public accounting with Arthur Andersen LLC, an international public accounting firm. Mr. Bleser has over 20 years of experience in serving as a member of the board of directors and the audit and other board committees of several publicly traded and private companies in the healthcare and technology industries. Most recently, Mr. Bleser was a member of the Board of Directors and the Corporate Governance Committee and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Transcend Services, Inc. (Nasdaq: TRCR) until it was acquired by Nuance Communications, Inc. in April 2012.
Mr. Dewberry is a private investor with significant experience at both the management and board levels in the healthcare industry. He has extensive experience in corporate mergers and takeovers on both the buy and sell sides for consideration up to $5 billion. Mr. Dewberry has served on the Boards of Directors of several publicly traded healthcare products and services companies, including Respironics, Inc. (Nasdaq:RESP) (1998-2008), Matria Healthcare, Inc. (Nasdaq:MATR) (2006-2008), Healthdyne Information Enterprises, Inc. (1996-2002), Healthdyne Technologies, Inc. (1993-1997), Home Nutritional Services, Inc. (1989-1994) and Healthdyne, Inc. (1981-1996). From March 1992 until March 1996, Mr. Dewberry was Vice Chairman of Healthdyne, Inc. From 1984 to 1992, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer, and Executive Vice President of Healthdyne, Inc. Mr. Dewberry received a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1967 and a Masters of Public Accounting from Georgia State University in 1972.
Mr. Evans has over 40 years of experience in the healthcare industry. He is currently President of the International Health Services Group, an organization he founded to support health services development in underserved areas of the world. He also currently is a senior advisor with Jackson Healthcare, a consortium of companies that provide physician and clinical staffing, anesthesia management and information technology solutions for hospitals, health systems and physician groups. In addition, Mr. Evans is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives having previously served as Governor of the College from 2004 to 2007 and as Chairman Officer from 2008 to 2011. In 2012, he attained the Board Leadership Fellow credential of the National Association of Corporate Directors. Previously, Mr. Evans was a senior officer with Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), having managed various HCA divisions and completing his service with the responsibility for operations in the Eastern half of the country. Mr. Evans currently serves on the Board of Directors of Jackson Healthcare, and as a member of the Senior Advisory Board at MedAssets. Additionally, Mr. Evans serves on the boards of non-profit organizations including Chairman of MedShare International, and Chairman of the Hospital Charitable Service Awards.
Mr. Hack was Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Activision Blizzard (Nasdaq:ATVI) until 2009. Prior to that, Mr. Hack was Chief Executive Officer of Vivendi Games, from 2004 to 2008, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Universal Music Group, from 1998 to 2001, and Chief Financial Officer of Universal Studios, from 1995 to 1998. From 1982 to 1994, Mr. Hack held several positions at The Seagram Company, including: Director, Strategic Planning, at The Seagram Company Ltd.; and Chief Financial Officer of Tropicana Products, Inc. Prior thereto, he was a trade negotiator for the U.S. Treasury. Mr. Hack earned a B.A. at Cornell University and an M.B.A. in finance at the University of Chicago.
Mr. Koob joined the law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, LLP in 1970 and became a partner in 1977. He retired from that firm on January 1, 2007. While at that firm, Mr. Koob was the co-head of the Litigation Department and served on the firm’s Executive Committee. Mr. Koob specialized in competition, trade regulation and antitrust issues. Throughout his 37-year tenure, he represented clients before the Federal Trade Commission, the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice, and numerous state and foreign competition authorities. His résumé includes the representation of Virgin Atlantic Airways, Archer Daniels Midland, and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Co. He received his B.A. from Rockhurst College in 1966 and his J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1969. Mr. Koob serves on the board of Stanford Hospital and Clinics. He also serves on the board of a private drug development company and MRI Interventions (OTCBB: MRIC), a publicly traded medical device company.
From July 1991 until his retirement in May 2002, Mr. Papasan served as President of Smith & Nephew Orthopaedics. Mr. Papasan served as a Director and Chairman of the Board of Directors of BioMimetic Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq GM:BMTI) from August 2005 until March 2013. Mr. Papasan has been a member of the Board of Directors of Reaves Utility Income Fund (Nasdaq CM:UTG), a closed-end management investment company, since February 2003 and of Triumph Bankshares, Inc. (a bank holding company) since April 2005. Mr. Papasan also serves as Chairman of the Board of Medovex Corp. and as a director of SSR Engineering, Inc., Cagenix, Inc. and Bio Nova Medical, Inc.
Mr. Taylor is an operating executive with over 20 years experience in healthcare product design, development and manufacturing. From 2001 through 2006, Mr. Taylor was President of Facet Technologies, LLC, a Matria Healthcare subsidiary. Facet was a medical device company focused on medical device design, development, and manufacturing for OEM clients such as Abbott, Bayer, BD, LifeScan (J&J), Roche, and Flextronics. Over his 14 year career at Facet and its predecessor company, he held various management positions, beginning with R&D, QA & Regulatory Affairs and progressing through general management. Mr. Taylor was instrumental in growing the design and manufacturing business from $14 million in revenue up to over $40 million, when the company was sold to Matria Healthcare. As president, he led the company to the number one market position in microsampling and grew it to over $85 million in revenue. He also led the company as CEO for 18 months after it was sold to a private equity company. A graduate of Purdue University, Mr. Taylor holds a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering and is co-inventor on eight patents. Mr. Taylor also serves on the board of directors.
Dr. Yeston is the Past President of the New England Surgical Society and currently serves as Active Senior Staff, Department of Surgery at Hartford Hospital. During his association with Hartford Hospital, Dr. Yeston previously served in various roles including Vice President of Academic Affairs, Director of Corporate Compliance, Vice President of Quality Management and Director of the Section on Critical Care Medicine, Department of Surgery. In addition, Dr. Yeston was responsible for the enterprise wide acquisition of all Bio-medical engineering technology. Dr. Yeston has formerly served as Professor of Surgery at the University of Connecticut and the Assistant Dean, Medical Education at the University Of Connecticut School Of Medicine. Prior to his associations with Hartford Hospital and the University of Connecticut, Dr. Yeston served with Boston University Medical Center, in various positions including the Vice Chairman Department of Surgery, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, Director Progressive Care Unit and Associate Professor of Surgery.
Luis A. Aguilar served as a Commissioner at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission from July 31, 2008 to December 31, 2015, and was the eighth longest-serving Commissioner in SEC history. Currently he serves on the Boards of Directors of Envestnet, Inc. (NYSE: ENV) and Donnelley Financial Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: DFIN). Commissioner Aguilar is also a partner in Falcon Cyber Investments, a multistage equity investment vehicle exclusively focused on Cybersecurity Investments.
Commissioner Aguilar’s previous experience includes serving as the general counsel, head of compliance, executive vice president, and corporate secretary of Invesco. His career includes tenure as a partner at the following prominent national law firms: McKenna Long & Aldridge, LLP (subsequently merged with Dentons US LLP); Alston & Bird LLP; Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP; and Powell Goldstein Frazer & Murphy LLP (subsequently merged with Bryan Cave LLP). He began his legal career as an attorney at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
He has been active in numerous civic and business associations including the Latin American Association. He has served on various Boards, including the Girl Scouts Council of Northwest Georgia, Inc., Georgia Hispanic Bar Association, United States Fund for UNICEF Southeast Regional Chapter, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), Leadership Atlanta, and CIFAL Atlanta, Inc. He has been very active with national organizations such as the Hispanic National Bar Association. In addition, he served as the President of the Hispanic National Bar Foundation from September 2006 to July 2008.
He is a graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law, and also received a master of laws degree in taxation from Emory University. He has successfully completed Series 7, 24, 63, and 65 examinations in connection with serving as president and a director of a registered broker-dealer.