Board of Directors
Joseph M. Burnett
Director, Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Burnett joined our Board in November 2017. Prior to joining MRI Interventions, he served as Vice President and General Manager of Neuro Diagnostics and Therapy at Royal Philips, a publicly traded global health technology company, since March 2016. Prior to serving in such role, Mr. Burnett was the Senior Vice President and Business Leader of Image Guided Therapy Devices at Royal Philips and General Manager of Volcano Corporation (a Royal Philips company) from February 2015 to March 2016. Before Royal Philips' acquisition of Volcano in February 2015, he held various positions at Volcano from November 2004 to February 2015, most recently as Executive Vice President and General Manager of its Coronary & Systems Business Unit. Prior to joining Volcano, Mr. Burnett served as an R&D Engineer and Product Manager at Guidant Corporation from August 1999 to November 2004 and worked as a Bio-Medical Engineering Researcher at Duke University from May 1998 to May 1999. He holds an MBA from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and a B.S.E. degree in BioMedical Engineering from Duke University.
R. John Fletcher
Mr. Fletcher joined our Board in May 2017. He founded Fletcher Spaght in 1983 where he leads both the consulting practice and venture capital activities, with analytical insights and creative solutions derived from his years of experience with clients, portfolio companies and the investment community. Mr. Fletcher works across Fletcher Spaght's practice groups, with a focus on healthcare. He has particular interests in devices, specifically in cardiology, cardiac surgery, and orthopedics, as well as in biopharma and healthcare IT. Prior to founding Fletcher Spaght, Mr. Fletcher was a Senior Manager at The Boston Consulting Group, advising a broad range of companies in healthcare and high technology industries. He serves on the Board of Directors of Axcelis and Metabolon and served on the Board of Directors of Spectranetics until it was acquired by Royal Philips in August 2017. Mr. Fletcher is Chairman of the Corporate Collaboration Council at the Thayer School of Engineering/Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and serves on the Board of Advisors of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Whitehead Institute at MIT; He received his MBA from Southern Illinois University, and a BBA in Marketing from George Washington University. Mr. Fletcher was an Instructor for courses in international business and a PhD Candidate at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Pascal E.R. Girin
Mr. Girin joined our Board in September 2014. Mr. Girin has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Balt SAS, a medical device company focused on the development of products for the treatment of neurovascular diseases since 2016. Mr. Girin served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Wright Medical Technology, Inc. since November 2012. Prior to joining Wright Medical, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Keystone Dental Inc. from February 2011 to June 2012, at which time the company successfully merged with Southern Implants Inc. From October 2010 to February 2011, Mr. Girin served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Keystone Dental Inc. From July 2010 to September 2010, Mr. Girin served as Chief Operating Officer of ev3 Inc. following its acquisition by a wholly owned subsidiary of Covidien Group S.a.r.l. Prior to that time, Mr. Girin served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of ev3 Inc. from January 2010 to July 2010, as Executive Vice President and President, Worldwide Neurovascular and International of ev3 Neurovascular Inc. from July 2008 to January 2010, as Senior Vice President and President, International of ev3 International from July 2005 to July 2008, and as General Manager, Europe of ev3 Inc. from September 2003 to July 2005. From September 1998 to August 2003, Mr. Girin served in various capacities at BioScience Europe Baxter Healthcare Corporation, most recently as Vice President. Mr. Girin received an engineering education at the French Ecole des Mines. From November 2010 until November 2, 2012, Mr. Girin had served as a director of Tornier, N.V., a publicly traded global medical device company, as well as a member of its Nominating, Corporate Governance and Compliance Committee.
Kimble L. Jenkins
Chairman of the Board
Mr. Jenkins joined our Board in 2002 and he presently acts as Chairman of the Board. Mr. Jenkins served as our Chief Executive Officer from September 2004, and President from January 2003, through December 31, 2014. Mr. Jenkins served in those offices on a part-time basis until May 2008, at which time Mr. Jenkins began serving as our President and Chief Executive Officer on a full-time basis. Prior to May 2008, Mr. Jenkins was a Managing Director with the investment bank Morgan Keegan & Company, Inc., where he founded that firm's Private Equity Group in 1998. Mr. Jenkins has over 20 years of experience building and working with growth stage companies. Mr. Jenkins holds a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University and a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center.
B. Kristine Johnson
B. Kristine Johnson is president of Affinity Capital Management, a venture capital firm that invests primarily in seed and early-stage health care companies in the U.S. She has held this position since 2000. She served as a consultant to Affinity Capital Management in 1999. Prior to serving as a consultant to Affinity Capital Management in 1999, Ms. Johnson was employed for 17 years at Medtronic, Inc., a manufacturer of cardiac pacemakers, neurological and spinal devices and other medical products, serving most recently as senior vice president and chief administrative officer from 1998 to 1999. Her experience at Medtronic also includes service as president of the vascular business and president of the tachyarrhythmia management business, among other roles.
Ms. Johnson serves on the board of directors of Piper Jaffray Companies, an investment bank and asset management firm, and AtriCure, Inc., a medical device company providing technologies for the treatment of atrial fibrillation and related conditions. She also serves as board chair of the University of Minnesota Foundation Investment Advisors, as well as the boards of several private entities. She is a former chair of the Board of Trustees of the University of Minnesota Foundation and of the Board of Regents of St. Olaf College.
Ms. Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from St. Olaf College. She is also a recipient of the college’s Distinguished Alumni Award.
Timothy T. Richards
Mr. Richards joined our Board in March 2014. Since October 2012, Mr. Richards has served as the Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations for Seventh Sense BioSystems, Inc., a venture capital-backed start-up with a focus on point-of-care diagnostic testing, where he was recruited to build and develop the company's business development and commercial organization. Prior to joining Seventh Sense BioSystems, from October 2011 through August 2012, Mr. Richards served as President of Facet Technologies, LLC, a privately-held supplier to major diagnostic companies, where he led the company's manufacturing and supply chain platform. From November 2008 until May 2010, Mr. Richards held executive-level positions within the Covidien organization, first as U.S. President of the Patient Care & Safety Products business unit, and subsequently as President of VNUS Medical Technologies following its acquisition by Covidien in 2009. From October 2003 through October 2008, Mr. Richards served as Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer and a member of the Executive Board of B. Braun Medical Inc., a leader in infusion therapy and pain management. Before joining B. Braun Medical, he held a number of progressive leadership positions throughout the U.S. and Asia with Becton Dickinson and Company.
Mr. Souza has served as the Chief Operating Officer of PTC Therapeutics, Inc. (“PTC”) since June 2017. He joined PTC in July 2014 as Vice President of Global Marketing and became Senior Vice President, Head of Global Product Strategy, in June 2016. From October 2012 until July 2014, Mr. Souza was the Executive Director of Marketing for NPS Pharmaceuticals, a biopharmaceutical company. From 2007 until 2012, he worked for Shire HGT, a biopharmaceutical company, in various positions of increasing responsibility in Latin America, the United States, and Switzerland, most recently as Senior Director, Global Commercial. Mr. Souza holds a graduate degree in pharmacy and biochemistry from University of Sao Paulo and has received his MBA from Fundacao Dom Cabral in Brazil.
John N. Spencer, Jr.
Mr. Spencer joined our Board in March 2010. Mr. Spencer is a certified public accountant and was a partner of Ernst & Young LLP where he spent more than 38 years until his retirement in 2000. During a portion of his tenure at Ernst & Young, he served as the partner in charge of the firm's life sciences practice for the southeastern United States. Mr. Spencer serves on the board of directors of GeoVax Labs, Inc., a publicly traded biotechnology company, and until April 2009, served on the board of directors of Firstwave Technologies, Inc., formerly a publicly traded customer relationship management software company. In addition, he serves as a consultant to various companies, primarily relating to financial accounting and reporting matters. From November 2013 until February 2014, Mr. Spencer served as interim Chief Financial Officer of Applied Genetic Technologies Corporation, which is now a publicly traded biotechnology company, while such company was in registration with the SEC.