Corporate Governance

Committees
Audit Committee:
BARBARA J. SCHWARZENTRAUB, CHAIR
DAVID BRONSON
LAVERNE COUNCIL
DR. JOHN L. WORKMAN
Compensation Committee:
BRIAN CONCANNON, CHAIR
CHARLES FARKAS
JEROME L. LANDE
Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee:
DAVID BRONSON, CHAIR
MARTHA GOLDBERG ARONSON
LAVERNE COUNCIL
Strategy Committee:
JEROME J. LANDE, CHAIR
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.

Management Team

CURT R. HARTMAN
Chair of the Board, President, and Chief Executive Officer

Curt R. Hartman is the Chair of the Board, President, and Chief Executive Officer of CONMED Corporation. He was appointed to the Board of Directors of CONMED on March 1, 2014, assumed the Interim CEO role on July 22, 2014, and became the full-time President and CEO on November 9, 2014. Prior to CONMED, he had a 22-year career at Stryker Corporation, where he served as Interim Chief Executive Officer from February 2012 to October 2012 and as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from April 2009 to October 2012.

Mr. Hartman has a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan and holds a Harvard AMP Program Certificate from Harvard Business School. He also has completed the Stryker Advanced Leadership Program at Harvard Business School.

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TERENCE M. BERGÉ
Vice President, Corporate Controller

Terence Bergé joined CONMED in 1998 as Assistant Corporate Controller and served as the Company’s Treasurer from 2008 through 2015. In 2013, Mr. Berge’s title was changed to Corporate Vice President, Treasurer and Assistant Controller. In 2015, he was promoted to Vice President, Corporate Controller. Prior to joining CONMED, Mr. Berge was employed by Pricewaterhouse LLP where he served most recently as an audit manager. He is a certified public accountant and holds a B.S. in Accounting from the State University of New York at Oswego.

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PATRICK J. BEYER
President, International and Global Orthopedics

Patrick Beyer joined as President of CONMED International in December 2014. His role has since been broadened to include the Global Orthopedics division. Prior to CONMED, Mr. Beyer served as CEO of ICNet, a privately held infectious control software company from 2010 to 2014, when the company was sold. Mr. Beyer also spent 21 years at Stryker Corporation where he led Stryker Europe from 2005-2009, Stryker UK, South Africa, and Ireland from 2002 to 2005, and Stryker Medical from 1999 to 2002. Mr. Beyer holds a B.A. in Economics from Kalamazoo College, an MBA in Finance from Western Michigan University, and has completed Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.

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JOHN CHINDLUND
Vice President & General Manager, U.S. Foot & Ankle

John Chindlund is a versatile senior leader that joined CONMED in 2023. With extensive prior experience in large MedTech firms, including Zimmer Biomet and Medtronic/Covidien, he has built a track record of success across the full spectrum of product development and commercialization, business development, cross-functional leadership, marketing, and sales management. Mr. Chindlund graduated from Westminster College with an MBA and the University of Utah with a B.S. in Finance.

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HEATHER L. COHEN
Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resources and Legal Officer

Heather Cohen joined CONMED in October 2001 as Associate Counsel. She served as Deputy General Counsel from March 2002 to February 2015, as the Company’s Secretary from March 2008 through May 2018, and was named the Vice President of Corporate Human Resources in June 2008. In March 2013, her title was changed to Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Deputy General Counsel and Secretary. In December 2022, Ms. Cohen was promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources and Legal Officer - expanding her responsibilities to include leadership of the legal function as well as Human Resources.

Prior to joining CONMED, Ms. Cohen was an Associate Attorney with the law firm Getnick Livingston Atkinson Gigliotti & Priore, LLP. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and Education from Colgate University and a J.D. from Emory University.

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STÉPHAN EPINETTE
Vice President, International

Stéphan Epinette joined CONMED in October 2015 as Vice President and General Manager of our EMEA region before being given additional responsibilities for the Asia Pacific region in December 2019. In June 2022, he was named Vice President of CONMED’s International division. He oversees all commercial operations outside the US across EMEA, Asia Pacific, Canada, and Latin America. Prior to CONMED, Stéphan worked at Tornier and Stryker where he held a variety of positions in sales, marketing, and management.

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TODD W. GARNER
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Todd W. Garner was appointed CONMED Corporation’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in January 2018. Prior to joining CONMED, Mr. Garner worked for C.R. Bard, Inc. from 2003 through 2017 in several roles, including Vice President – Investor Relations, Vice President, Controller (Division Chief Financial Officer) for its Medical division, Director of Financial Reporting and the Controller of the Reynosa Mexico Operations. Mr. Garner was also the acting CFO and Controller at Echopass Corporation (currently Genesys Corporation), the Controller and Value Planning Manager at Futura Industries, Corp., Accounting Manager at Excel Communications and Accounting Coordinator at Verizon.  Mr. Garner began his career with Arthur Andersen LLP. 

Mr. Garner holds a M.B.A. from the University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley, and a B.S. in accounting from Brigham Young University.  Mr. Garner is also a Certified Public Accountant.

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BRENT LALOMIA
Vice President, Quality Assurance & Regulatory Affairs

Brent Lalomia joined CONMED in June 2019. Prior, he had a 23-year history at Stryker Corporation, most recently serving as the VP, Quality Assurance and Facilities Management of Stryker Instruments Division from 2014 to 2019. Mr. Lalomia holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Western Michigan University and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame.

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NATHAN MIERSMA
Vice President & General Manager, US Orthopedics

Nathan Miersma joined CONMED in January 2022. Prior to joining, Mr. Miersma spent 19 years at Stryker Corporation in RAQA, Operations, Marketing, Sales, Strategic Sales, and most recently leading Stryker’s ASC business. He has a B.A. in Sociology from Western Michigan University, an MBA from Colorado Technical University, and has completed executive education courses at Harvard University and The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Mr. Miersma is also an Army veteran, serving as a Platoon Leader in Iraq in 2004-2005 and as a Company Commander in Iraq in 2008.

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JOHONNA PELLETIER
Treasurer and Vice President, Tax

Johonna Pelletier joined CONMED in 2005 as Tax Director and was promoted to her current role in 2015. Prior to CONMED, she was employed by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as a tax senior manager. She is a certified public accountant and graduated with a B.S. in Accounting from Le Moyne College.

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STANLEY W. (BILL) PETERS
President, Advanced Surgical and Advanced Endoscopic Technologies

Bill Peters joined CONMED in 2015. Prior to joining, Mr. Peters served as Director of Sales for Mako Surgical Corporation from 2012 to 2014, during which Mako was purchased by Stryker Corporation in December 2013. He also was an executive with EndoGastric Solutions and in sales leadership roles at Intuitive Surgical and Stryker Corporation. Mr. Peters graduated from Ohio University with a B.B.A. in Finance.

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PETER K. SHAGORY
Executive Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development

Peter Shagory joined CONMED in 2015. He has more than 20 years of experience in healthcare venture investing and mergers and acquisitions through his previous venture capital, investment banking, and corporate roles. Prior to joining CONMED, Mr. Shagory led the strategy and business development efforts for Cardinal Health's Medical Products Group within the Medical Segment, and also led the healthcare and life sciences investment effort at Baird Venture Partners. He earned an MBA from Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business and a B.S. in Finance from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

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Board of Directors

CURT R. HARTMAN, CHAIR

Curt R. Hartman has served as President & Chief Executive Officer of the Company since November 9, 2014 after serving as Interim Chief Executive Officer of the Company from July 2014 to November 2014, and as a Director of the Company since March 2014.

Mr. Hartman’s qualifications for election to CONMED’s Board include his vital role as both Chief Executive Officer and Interim Chief Executive Officer 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. Mr. Hartman was initially appointed to the Company’s Board of Directors pursuant to an agreement, now expired, between the Company and Coppersmith Capital Management, LLC and certain of its affiliates.

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DAVID BRONSON

David Bronson has served as a Director of the Company since July 2015. 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.

The Board of Directors has determined that Mr. Bronson is independent 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 generally, and in the health-care industry in particular, as well as his financial and accounting expertise acquired through his prior positions. His exposure to, and familiarity with, health care services matters provides an important perspective 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.

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BRIAN CONCANNON

Brian P. Concannon has served as a Director of the Company since July 2013. Mr. Concannon served as President and CEO of Haemonetics Corporation (NYSE: HAE), a blood management technologies and services company headquartered in Braintree, Massachusetts, from April 2009 to October 2015. He joined Haemonetics in 2003 and served in various roles, including President, Global Markets in 2006 and the Chief Operating Officer in 2007-2009. In April 2009, Mr. Concannon was also elected to the Haemonetics board of directors. Prior, 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. Mr. Concannon is a member of the board of directors of South Shore Health since January 2014 and was elected Vice-Chair in January 2017. Mr. Concannon was also appointed as the Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army for Massachusetts in October 2017.

The Board of Directors has determined that Mr. Concannon is independent within the meaning of the rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission. 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 a distribution company. Mr. Concannon offers industry experience from a sales and marketing perspective. 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.

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LAVERNE COUNCIL

Laverne 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 is the former National Managing Principal, Enterprise Technology Strategy & Innovation for Grant Thornton LLP, serving in that role from December 2017 through November 2019. Prior, she served as the Assistant Secretary for Information & Technology and Chief Information Officer for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs from 2015 through 2017, leading the largest centralized technology organization in the federal government. 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. Prior, she served in a number of roles of increasing responsibility at DELL, Inc., most recently as the Global Vice President Information Technology, Global Business Solutions and Development Services.

The Board of Directors has determined that Ms. Council is independent within the meaning of the rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission and under the standards of the NASDAQ Stock Market. She is a recognized global operations and information technology strategist and change agent.

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CHARLES M. FARKAS

Charles M. Farkas has served as a Director of the Company since July 2014. Mr. Farkas has spent the past 38 years at Bain & Company. He became an Advisory Partner effective 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 has served as the managing director of Bain Canada and as the global leader of Bain & Company's Financial Services practice. Mr. Farkas is also on the Board of Harvard Medical School and the John A. Hartford Foundation and is a Corporator of Partners Healthcare. He is a special advisor to Altamont Capital Partners to support their investments in small-cap healthcare businesses.

The Board of Directors has determined that Mr. Farkas is independent within the meaning of the rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Mr. Farkas’ qualifications for election to CONMED’s Board include his almost 40 years working in healthcare in the US and around the world. Mr. Farkas is a highly-respected leader with a strong academic background, and he offers the other directors new strategic and governance perspectives, drawing on his vast experience inside and outside the healthcare industry. Mr. Farkas was initially appointed to the Company’s Board of Directors pursuant to an agreement, now expired, between the Company and Coppersmith Capital Management, LLC (“Coppersmith Capital”) and certain of its affiliates.

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MARTHA GOLDBERG ARONSON, LEAD INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR

Martha Goldberg Aronson was appointed to the Board on February 23, 2016. Ms. Goldberg Aronson has had responsibility for global health care businesses ranging in size from $500 million to $1.0 billion. She 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 2010-2012. Prior to that, Ms. Goldberg Aronson 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 United States and Internationally. Ms. Goldberg Aronson also serves on the board of directors of Methode Electronics, Inc. (NYSE: MEI), Cardiovascular Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSII) and Clinical Innovations, LLC.

The Board of Directors has determined that Ms. Goldberg Aronson is independent within the meaning of the rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission. 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, including her experience in marketing and talent development. She has the ability and willingness to serve on a Board, and the correct fit to work in a collegial manner with the other directors.

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JEROME J. LANDE

Jerome J. Lande has served on the Board since March 2014. As of April 4, 2016, Mr. Lande became Head of Special Situations for Scopia Capital Management L.P. (“Scopia”) and as of January 1, 2018 also became a Partner of Scopia. Prior to Scopia, Mr. Lande was the Managing Partner of Coppersmith Capital, which he co-founded in April 2012. Previously, Mr. Lande was a partner at MCM Capital Management, LLC (“MCM”), from January 2006 until February 2012, and served as an Executive Vice President at MCM from January 2005 until he left the company. He served as a Vice President of MCM from February 2002 to January 2005 and as an Associate from January 1999 to February 2002. Mr. Lande served as Corporate Development Officer of Key Components, Inc., a global diversified industrial manufacturer that was formerly an SEC reporting company, from January 1999 until its acquisition by Actuant Corporation in February 2004. Mr. Lande also serves on the Board of Directors, Audit and Finance Committee for Itron, Inc. (NASDAQ: ITRI).

The Board of Directors has determined that Mr. Lande is independent within the meaning of the rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Mr. Lande’s qualifications for election to CONMED’s Board include his experience as an investor in CONMED and in other stocks. He offers the perspective of a professional investor, with over 20 years of experience investing in healthcare companies in general and medical device companies in particular. He brings a distinct focus on governance, capital markets and shareholder matters to the Board. Mr. Lande was initially appointed to the Company’s Board of Directors pursuant to an agreement, now expired, between the Company and Coppersmith Capital Management, LLC and certain of its affiliates.

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BARBARA J. SCHWARZENTRAUB

Barbara J. Schwarzentraub has been with Caterpillar, Inc. since 1990 and currently serves as a Director and Divisional Chief Financial Officer for Global Information Services Division. 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, Ms. Schwarzentraub held a number of positions of increasing responsibility within Caterpillar, including Six Sigma Deployment Director, Manager of FP&A, Process Improvement Manager, and various accounting positions.

The Board of Directors has determined that Ms. Schwarzentraub is independent within the meaning of the rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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JOHN L. WORKMAN

John L. Workman was appointed to the Board in July 2015. Mr. 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. At Omnicare, he improved operating efficiencies through a focus on customer service and returned the company to growth and stability. From 2004 to 2009, he was Chief Financial Officer of HealthSouth Corporation (now Encompass Health Corporation). Prior to HealthSouth, Mr. Workman served as Chief Executive Officer of U.S. Can Corporation, where he implemented successful cost reduction and lean manufacturing programs and led a turnaround of the company’s European operations. Mr. Workman started his career at KPMG, where he was a partner from 1981 to 1984. He is currently Chairman of the Board and Audit Committee Chair of Agiliti, Inc. (formerly Universal Hospital Services), a company owned by a private equity fund, and a Director and Audit Committee Chair 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.

The Board of Directors has determined that Mr. Workman is independent and that he is an audit committee financial expert, within the meaning of the rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Mr. 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.

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