Corporate Governance

Corporate Governance

Committees

Audit Committee:
BARBARA J. SCHWARZENTRAUB, CHAIR
DAVID BRONSON
LAVERNE COUNCIL
DR. JOHN L. WORKMAN
Compensation Committee:
BRIAN CONCANNON, CHAIR
CHARLES FARKAS
Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee:
DAVID BRONSON, CHAIR
MARTHA GOLDBERG ARONSON
LAVERNE COUNCIL
Strategy Committee:
CHARLES FARKAS
BRIAN CONCANNON
DR. JOHN L. WORKMAN
Communicate with the Board of Directors

Interested parties may communicate with the Board of Directors by sending correspondence addressed to the Board of Directors, c/o General Counsel, CONMED Corporation, 11311 Concept Boulevard, Largo FL 33773, or by email to the General Counsel with the subject line listed as ‘Communication to Board of Directors.’ We cannot promise that all communications will receive a response, although they will be reviewed.

Board of Directors

CURT R. HARTMAN

Chair of the Board, President, and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Hartman has served as Chair of the Board since May 2020, and President & Chief Executive Officer of the Company since November 9, 2014, after having served as Interim Chief Executive Officer of the Company from July 2014 to November 2014, and as a Director of the Company since March 2014. He had a twenty-two year career at Stryker Corporation (“Stryker”) (NYSE: SYK) from 1990 through February 2013. Most recently, he served as the Interim Chief Executive Officer of Stryker from February 2012 to October 2012. Prior to that role, Mr. Hartman was the Vice President of Finance and Vice President, CFO of Stryker from November 2008 to October 2012. Prior to that, Mr. Hartman was Global President of the Stryker Instruments Division from September 1999 to October 2008. Mr. Hartman has a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan and a Harvard Advanced Management Program Certificate from the Harvard Business School.


Prior to Mr. Hartman’s appointment as Interim CEO, the Board of Directors had determined that he was independent. Mr. Hartman's qualifications for election to CONMED’s Board include his vital role as the Chair, Chief Executive Officer, and President of the Company, as well as his experience as a former CFO of a publicly-traded medical device company in the orthopedic space. He offers industry experience from a commercial, operational, and financial perspective. He has the ability and willingness to serve on the Board, and the correct fit to work in a collegial manner with the other directors.

MARTHA GOLDBERG ARONSON

Lead Independent Director

Ms. Goldberg Aronson has served as Lead Independent Director of the Company since May 2020. She has had responsibility for managing global health care businesses ranging in size from $500 million to $1.0 billion. Ms. Goldberg Aronson was the Executive Vice President and President of Global Healthcare for Ecolab, Inc. (NYSE: ECL) from 2012 through 2015, having previously served as the Senior Vice President and President – North America for Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:HRC) from 2010 to 2012. Prior to that, she was the Senior Vice President and Chief Talent Officer for Medtronic, Inc. (NYSE: MDT), having held various prior general management positions within Medtronic, both in the U.S. and internationally. Ms. Goldberg Aronson holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from Wellesley College, and a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School.


Ms. Goldberg Aronson also served on the board of directors of Methode Electronics, Inc. (NYSE: MEI) through September 2019, Clinical Innovations, LLC through December 2019, and Cardiovascular Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSII) through 2023. Ms. Goldberg Aronson also served as a director of Beta Bionics from February 2020 through October 2022, having served as interim Chief Executive Officer from February 2022 through August 2022. The Board of Directors has determined that Ms. Goldberg Aronson is independent within the meaning of the rules of the New York Stock Exchange.


Ms. Goldberg Aronson’s qualifications for election to CONMED’s Board include her extensive experience in the global healthcare markets, including leadership roles within medical device companies, and her experience in marketing and talent development. The Board strongly believes that the Board and Company benefits from the perspectives that Ms. Goldberg Aronson brings to the Board and the Company from her business experience. She has the ability and willingness to serve on the Board, and the correct fit to work in a collegial manner with the other directors.

DAVID BRONSON

Director

Mr. Bronson served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of PSS World Medical, Inc. from 2002 until it was acquired by McKesson Corp in 2013. Prior to that, he was Chief Financial Officer of Digineer, Inc. from 2001 to 2002 and of VWR Scientific Products from 1995 to 1999, when it was acquired by Merck KGaA. Mr. Bronson previously spent 15 years at Baxter Healthcare, Inc., where he held various senior financial executive positions. He was a director and a member of the Audit Committee of Labsco, Inc. until 2016 and was a director and Audit Committee Chair of AxelaCare, Inc. through November 2015. He received his Master of Science Degree in Management Studies from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Business and his Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from California State University, Fullerton. The Board of Directors has determined that Mr. Bronson is independent within the meaning of the rules of the New York Stock Exchange, and that he is an audit committee financial expert within the meaning of the rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission.


Mr. Bronson’s qualifications for election to CONMED’s Board include his extensive experience as a Chief Financial Officer, particularly in the healthcare industry, as well as his financial and accounting expertise acquired through his prior positions. His exposure to, and familiarity with, healthcare service matters provides an important perspective to the Board. He has the ability and willingness to serve on the Board, and the correct fit to work in a collegial manner with the other directors.

BRIAN P. CONCANNON

Director

Mr. Concannon served as President and CEO of Haemonetics Corporation, a publicly traded company (NYSE: HAE), from April 2009 to October 2015. He joined Haemonetics in 2003 and served in various roles, including President, Global Markets in 2006 and Chief Operating Officer in 2007-2009. In April 2009, Mr. Concannon was promoted to President and Chief Executive Officer, and elected to the Haemonetics board of directors. Prior to joining Haemonetics, Mr. Concannon was the President, Northeast Region, for Cardinal Health Medical Products and Services where he was employed since 1998. From 1985 to 1998, he was employed by American Hospital Supply Corporation, Baxter Healthcare Corp, and Allegiance Healthcare in a series of sales and operations management positions of increasing responsibility. He has served in healthcare leadership roles for over 30 years.


Mr. Concannon has been a member of the board of directors of Hivers and Strivers, an investment fund, since September 2020, and a member of the board of directors of VetAccel since November 2019. He was also a member of the board of directors of South Shore Health and was Vice-Chair from January 2017 through December 2019. He was also a member of the board of directors of My Brother’s Keeper from January 2010 and served as the Chair of the Board from September 2011 through December 2021, and served as a member of the board of Aegle Health Partners from October 2021 to May 2023. Mr. Concannon was also appointed as the Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army for Massachusetts in October 2017. He is a 1979 graduate of West Point. The Board of Directors has determined that Mr. Concannon is independent within the meaning of the rules of the New York Stock Exchange.


Mr. Concannon’s qualifications for election to CONMED’s Board include his experience as a former CEO and director of a publicly-traded medical device company, and the former president of distribution company. Mr. Concannon offers industry experience from a sales and marketing perspective. He has the ability and willingness to serve on the Board, and the correct fit to work in a collegial manner with the other directors.

LAVERNE COUNCIL

Director

Ms. Council is the Chief Executive Officer of Emerald One, LLC, a consulting company focused on helping business and technology organizations transform through digital change. She was the National Managing Principal, Enterprise Technology Strategy & Innovation for Grant Thornton LLP from December 2017 until November 2019. She served as the Senior Vice President and General Manager for MITRE Corporation from 2017 through 2018 and as the Assistant Secretary for Information &Technology and Chief Information Officer for the United States Department of Veteran Affairs from 2015 through 2017. Ms. Council was the Chief Executive Officer of Council Advisory Services, LLC from 2012 through 2015 and served as the Corporate Vice President and Global Chief Information Officer for Johnson & Johnson from 2006 through 2011. Before that, she served in several roles of increasing responsibility at DELL, Inc., most recently as the Global Vice President, Information Technology, Global Business Solutions, and Development Services.


Ms. Council also serves on the board of directors of Concentrix (Nasdaq :CNXC), where she serves on the Audit and Compensation Committees, as well as the Board of Thomson Reuters (NYSE: TRI), where she serves on the Audit and Risk Committees. Ms. Council received her Master of Business Administration from Illinois State University and her Bachelor of Business Administration from Western Illinois University. She also holds an honorary Doctorate of Business Administration from Drexel University. Ms. Council also serves on the global board of Girl Up, a UN Foundation Organization. The Board of Directors has determined that Ms. Council is independent within the meaning of the rules of the New York Stock Exchange, and that she is an audit committee financial expert within the meaning of the rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission.


Ms. Council’s qualifications for appointment to CONMED’s Board include her extensive experience as a global operations and information technology executive with budgets ranging up to $4.5 billion per year. The Board strongly believes that the Board and Company benefit from the perspective that Ms. Council brings from her business experience. She has the ability and willingness to serve on the Board, and the correct fit to work in a collegial manner with the other directors.

CHARLES M. FARKAS

Director

Mr. Farkas has spent more than 40 years at Bain & Company. He became an Advisory Partner of Bain & Company on July 1, 2015. Prior to this, Mr. Farkas was a Senior Partner at Bain & Company, served as the Global Co-Head of Bain’s Healthcare Practice, and advised leading medical technology and pharmaceutical companies in the United States, Europe, and Asia. He also advised academic medical centers and provider organizations in the United States. Mr. Farkas advised chief executives and senior managers in a wide variety of industries on issues critical to long-term success, including strategy, mergers and acquisitions, and operational effectiveness. He has served as the managing director of Bain Canada and as the global leader of Bain & Company’s Financial Services practice. Prior to working at Bain, Mr. Farkas received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University and a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School.


Mr. Farkas is also on the board of John A. Hartford Foundation, and from 2005 to 2017 was on the board of the Harvard Medical School. Mr. Farkas is on the board of Intuitive Healthcare, a portfolio company of Altamont Capital Partners. Mr. Farkas also serves on the board of United Bridge Partners, an infrastructure fund dedicated solely to financing, building, owning, and operating toll bridges for cities, towns, counties, and states, and serves as Chair of the Board of Medicinal Genomics, a venture backed life science company in plant genomics. The Board of Directors has determined that Mr. Farkas is independent within the meaning of the rules of the New York Stock Exchange.


Mr. Farkas’ qualifications for election to CONMED’s Board include his significant years of healthcare and medical technology experience gained working around the world. Mr. Farkas is a highly respected leader and he provides the Board with valuable strategic and governance perspectives, drawing on his vast experience inside and outside the healthcare industry. He has the ability and willingness to serve on the Board, and the correct fit to work in a collegial manner with the other directors.

BARBARA J. SCHWARZENTRAUB

Director

Ms. Schwarzentraub held various roles at Caterpillar, Inc. from 1990 through 2020, including serving as a Director and Divisional Chief Financial Officer for their Global Information Services Division from 2017 until February 2020. From 2016 through 2017, Ms. Schwarzentraub was the Director of Caterpillar’s Global Component Manufacturing and Supply Chain, having previously served as the Director of Caterpillar’s Parts Distribution and Vice President of Caterpillar Logistics Services Inc. from 2010 through 2016. She also served as the Director of Global Finance Transformation from 2006 through 2010. Prior to these roles, she held a number of positions of increasing responsibility within Caterpillar. Ms. Schwarzentraub received her Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Bradley University. The Board of Directors has determined that Ms. Schwarzentraub is independent within the meaning of the rules of the New York Stock Exchange, and that she is an audit committee financial expert within the meaning of the rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission.


Ms. Schwarzentraub’s qualifications for appointment to CONMED’s Board include her extensive experience in information technology and supply chain management on a global basis, experience in leading large organizations, financial and accounting experience, and recent experience in an active leadership position. The Board strongly believes that the Board and Company benefits from the perspectives that Ms. Schwarzentraub brings to the Board and the Company as a result of her business experience. She has the ability and willingness to serve on the Board, and the correct fit to work in a collegial manner with the other directors.

JOHN L. WORKMAN

Director

Dr. Workman served as Chief Executive Officer of Omnicare, Inc. from 2012 to 2014, as President and Chief Financial Officer from 2011 to 2012, and as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from 2009 to 2010. From 2004 to 2009, he was Chief Financial Officer of HealthSouth Corporation (now Encompass Health Corporation), where he oversaw a comprehensive financial statement reconstruction and reduced the company’s debt level by 50% through both a recapitalization and asset divestitures. Prior to HealthSouth,he served as Chief Executive Officer of U.S. Can Corporation from 2002 to 2004. Dr. Workman started his career at KPMG, where he was a partner from 1981 to 1984. He is currently Chair of the Board and the Audit Committee of Agiliti, Inc (NYSE:AGTI), as well as Audit Committee Chair and member of the Compensation Committee and Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee of Federal Signal Corp (NYSE: FSS). He also served on the board of Care Capital Properties from August 2016 until its merger with Sabra Health Care REIT in August 2017.


Dr. Workman received his EdD from Olivet Nazarene University, his Master of Business Administration in Finance and Accounting from the University of Chicago, and his Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Indiana University. Dr. Workman is a certified public accountant (inactive). The Board of Directors has determined that Mr. Workman is independent within the meaning of the rules of the New York Stock Exchange, and that he is an audit committee financial expert within the meaning of the rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission.


Dr. Workman’s qualifications for election to CONMED’s Board include his extensive experience as a Chief Financial Officer generally, and in the healthcare industry in particular, as well as his financial and accounting expertise acquired through his experience as a partner with KPMG. His exposure to, and familiarity with, health care services matters and capital structure issues provides valuable insights and perspectives to the Board. He has the ability and willingness to serve on a Board, and the correct fit to work in a collegial manner with the other directors.

Executive Officers

CURT R. HARTMAN

Chair of the Board, President, and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Hartman has served as Chair of the Board since May 2020, and President & Chief Executive Officer of the Company since November 9, 2014, after having served as Interim Chief Executive Officer of the Company from July 2014 to November 2014, and as a Director of the Company since March 2014. He had a twenty-two year career at Stryker Corporation (“Stryker”) (NYSE: SYK) from 1990 through February 2013. Most recently, he served as the Interim Chief Executive Officer of Stryker from February 2012 to October 2012. Prior to that role, Mr. Hartman was the Vice President of Finance and Vice President, CFO of Stryker from November 2008 to October 2012. Prior to that, Mr. Hartman was Global President, of the Stryker Instruments Division from September 1999 to October 2008. Mr. Hartman has a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan and a Harvard Advanced Management Program Certificate from the Harvard Business School. Prior to Mr. Hartman’s appointment as Interim CEO, the Board of Directors had determined that he was independent.

TERENCE M. BERGE

Vice President, Corporate Controller

Mr. Berge was promoted to Vice President, Corporate Controller in April 2015. Prior to this promotion, Mr. Berge served as the Company’s Treasurer from March 2008 through March 2015. In March 2013, Mr. Berge’s title was changed to Corporate Vice President, Treasurer and Assistant Controller. He joined the Company in June 1998 as Assistant Corporate Controller. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Berge was employed by Price Waterhouse LLP from 1991 through 1998 where he served most recently as an audit manager. Mr. Berge is a certified public accountant and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the State University of New York at Oswego.

PATRICK J. BEYER

Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Beyer was promoted to the role of Chief Operating Officer in April 2024. Prior to this, Mr. Beyer held the position of President International and Global Orthopedics from October 2020 to April 2024, and as President of CONMED International from December 2014 to October 2020. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Beyer served as Chief Executive Officer of ICNet, a privately held infectious control software company from 2010 to 2014 when the company was sold. Prior to this, Mr. Beyer spent 21 years at Stryker Corporation (NYSE:SYK) where he led Stryker Europe from 2005 to 2009; Stryker UK, South Africa and Ireland from 2002 to 2005 and Stryker Medical from 1999 to 2002. Mr. Beyer is on the board of Bioventus (previously Misonix), where he is a member of the Audit Committee. Mr. Beyer graduated from Kalamazoo College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Western Michigan University with an Master of Business Administration degree in Finance. He also completed Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.

EDWARD CLIFFORD

Vice President, Global Manufacturing

Mr. Clifford was employed in the role of Executive Director Supply Chain by Consumers Energy Corporation, an investor-owned utility, from 2017 to 2023. Prior to this, Mr. Clifford worked at Stryker Corporation (NYSE:SYK) from 2008 to 2017, most recently as the Director Service, Global Process Owner. Prior to this, Mr. Clifford worked at Eaton (NYSE:ETN) from 2000 – 2008, most recently as a Commodity Manager. Mr. Clifford earned his Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering with a minor in mathematics from Western Michigan University.

JOHN FERRELL

Executive Vice President, Human Resources

Mr. Ferrell was promoted to Executive Vice President Human Resources in December 2022. Prior to this, Mr. Ferrell served as Vice President Human Resources, International and Global Orthopedics from 2021 to 2022, and Vice President Human Resources, International from 2015 to 2021. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Ferrell was employed by Stryker Corporation (NYSE:SYK) from 1994 to 2015, where he was the Vice President Human Resources for the Orthopedic Group from 2012 through 2015, previously having served as the Vice President Human Resources and Organizational Development, Europe from 2009 to 2012. Mr. Ferrell serves on the Board of LECMPA, a non-profit insurer for transportation workers. Mr. Ferrell has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Oakland University, and Master of Arts degree in Labor and Industrial Relations from Michigan State University.

TODD W. GARNER

Executive Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Garner joined the Company as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in January 2018. Prior to joining CONMED, he served as Vice President Investor Relations for C.R. Bard, Inc. from 2011 until December 2017. Mr. Garner’s prior roles with C.R. Bard, Inc. include Vice President, Controller (Division Chief Financial Officer) for its Medical division from 2007 to 2011, Director of Financial Reporting from 2005 to 2007 and the Controller of the Reynosa Operations from 2003 to 2005. Prior to working at C.R. Bard, Inc., Mr. Garner was the acting Chief Financial Officer and Controller at Echopass Corporation (currently Genesys Corporation) from 2000 to 2003, the Controller and Value Planning Manager at Futura Industries, Corp. from 1997 to 2000, Accounting Manager at Excel Communications in 1997 and Accounting Coordinator at Verizon from 1995 to 1996. Mr. Garner began his career with Arthur Andersen LLP, where he was a senior auditor from 1992 to 1995. Mr. Garner holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley, and a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Brigham Young University. Mr. Garner is also a Certified Public Accountant.

BRENT LALOMIA

Vice President, Quality Assurance, Regulatory Affairs, Customer Experience, and Logistics

Mr. Lalomia assumed the role of Vice President, Quality Assurance, Regulatory Affairs, Customer Experience, and Logistics in May 2023. Prior to this, he served in the role of Vice President, Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs from 2019 to 2023. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Lalomia worked at Stryker Corporation (NYSE:SYK) from 1996 to 2019, most recently as the Vice President, Quality Assurance and Facilities Management of the Stryker Instruments Division from 2014 to 2019. Mr. Lalomia holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Western Michigan University.

JOHONNA PELLETIER

Treasurer and Vice President, Tax

Ms. Pelletier was promoted to Treasurer and Vice President, Tax in April 2015. Prior to this, she joined the Company in 2005 as Tax Director. Prior to joining the Company, she was employed by PricewaterhouseCoopers where she most recently served as a tax senior manager.  She is a certified public accountant and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Le Moyne College.

STANLEY W. (BILL) PETERS

President, Advanced Surgical and Advanced Endoscopic Technologies

Mr. Peters was promoted to President Advanced Surgical and Advanced Endoscopic Technologies in March 2022. Prior to this, Mr. Peters joined the Company as Vice President and General Manager, U.S.  Advanced Surgical in 2015. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Peters served as Director of Sales for Mako Surgical Corporation from 2012 to 2014. Mako was purchased by Stryker Corporation (NYSE:SYK) in December 2013. Prior to this, Mr. Peters served as an executive with Endo Gastric Solutions from 2011 to 2012 and in sales leadership roles at Intuitive Surgical from 2009 to 2011. Prior to Intuitive Surgical, Mr. Peters was employed at Stryker Corporation in sales leadership from 2004 to 2009. Mr. Peters graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance.

PETER K. SHAGORY

Executive Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development

Mr. Shagory joined the Company as Executive Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development in May 2015.  Mr. Shagory has more than 25 years of experience in healthcare venture investing and mergers and acquisitions through his previous venture capital, investment banking and corporate roles. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Shagory led the strategy and business development efforts for Cardinal Health’s (NYSE:CAH) Medical Products Group within the Medical Segment from 2013 to 2015 where he played a key role in Cardinal Health’s entry into interventional cardiovascular and the advanced wound care categories. Prior to that, Mr. Shagory led the healthcare and life sciences investment effort at Baird Venture Partners from 2004 to 2013, focusing on medical technology and research tools and diagnostics. Mr. Shagory earned a Master of Business Administration from Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business and a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.