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Board of Directors


Timothy Barberich

Non-Executive Director

Mr. Barberich has been a director of HeartWare since April 2008. He is the founder and former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sepracor Inc., a publicly traded, research-focused, pharmaceutical company based in Marlborough, Massachusetts which was acquired by Dainippon Sumitomo Pharma Co., Ltd. in 2009. He founded Sepracor in 1984 and was Chief Executive Officer from 1984 to May 2007 and Chairman of the Board from 1990 to 2009. Mr. Barberich has been the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of BioNevia Pharmaceuticals since June 2008. He currently serves on the boards of publicly-traded GI Dynamics, an Australian listed medical device company, and Verastem, Inc., a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company, and on the boards of the privately held companies, Tokai Pharmaceuticals and Neurovance, Inc. He has also served on the board of BioSphere Medical, Inc., a NASDAQ listed biotechnology company, from December 1993 and the privately held company Gemin X Biotechnologies from 2005 until they were both acquired in 2010. He also served on the board of trustees of the Boston Medical Center and the board of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers’ Association (PhRMA). Prior to founding Sepracor, Mr. Barberich spent 10 years as a senior executive at Bedford, Massachusetts-based Millipore Corporation, a company that provides separations products to the life science research, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and electronic markets. Mr. Barberich is a graduate of Kings College. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry.

Chadwick Cornell

Non-Executive Director

Mr. Cornell is a Partner and Managing Director at Goldner Hawn Johnson & Morrison, Inc. (GHJ&M), a middle-market private equity firm, which he joined in 2013. Prior to joining GHJ&M, Mr. Cornell worked at Medtronic, Inc. from 2003 to 2013. At Medtronic, Mr. Cornell supported the transaction activity of various Medtronic businesses and initiatives, and he led the corporate development group during his last five years at the company. As Vice President of Corporate Development, he was responsible for global acquisition, divestiture, venture investment and strategic transaction activity. Earlier in his tenure with Medtronic, Mr. Cornell led transaction activity related to interventional cardiology and cardiac surgery, as well as musculoskeletal and international business development. Prior to joining Medtronic, Mr. Cornell was a corporate lawyer at Sidley Austin, LLP in Chicago, concentrating on mergers and acquisitions and securities offerings.

Mr. Cornell earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from Marquette University and holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and Certified Public Accountant.

Cynthia Feldmann

Non-Executive Director

Ms. Feldmann has been a director of HeartWare since 2012. Ms. Feldmann is a retired certified public accountant with 27 years of experience in two large global accounting firms and currently serves on several public company and not-for-profit boards. She was the President and Founder of Jetty Lane Associates, a consulting firm, from 2005 until 2012. Previously, Ms. Feldmann served as the Life Sciences Business Development Officer for the Boston law firm of Palmer & Dodge, LLP from 2003 to 2005, and was a partner with KPMG LLP, primarily serving as Partner-in-Charge of its National Medical Technology Practice from 1994 to 2002. From 1975 to 1994, Ms. Feldmann was employed by Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP), and during that time was named Partner-in-Charge of its Life Sciences practice. Ms. Feldmann is a director of Steris Corporation, Hanger, Inc. (formerly Hanger Orthopedic Group) and Falmouth Academy. She previously served on the Board of Hayes Lemmerz International, Inc. from 2006 to 2009 and Atrius Health from 2012 to 2013. Ms. Feldmann has a Bachelor of Science, Accounting, from Boston College and holds an Advanced Professional Director Certification from the American College of Corporate Directors.

Douglas Godshall

Executive Director, President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Godshall has been our Chief Executive Officer since September 2006 and a director since October 2006. Prior to joining HeartWare, Mr. Godshall served in various executive and managerial positions at Boston Scientific Corporation, where he had been employed since 1990, including as a member of Boston Scientific’s Operating Committee and since January 2005, as President, Vascular Surgery. Previously, Mr. Godshall spent five years as Vice President, Business Development, at Boston Scientific, where he was focused on acquisition strategies for the cardiology, electrophysiology, neuroradiology and vascular surgery divisions. Mr. Godshall currently serves on the board of directors of pSivida Corp., a public company traded on both the NASDAQ Stock Market and the ASX that specializes in the development of miniaturized, injectable drug delivery systems, since March 2012 and Vital Therapies, Inc., a private company that develops cell based therapies for the treatment of liver disease, since May of 2013. Additionally, Mr. Godshall will join the Board of Directors of the Medical Device Manufacturers Association, a national trade association, beginning in May 2014. Mr. Godshall has a Bachelor of Arts in Business from Lafayette College and Masters of Business Administration from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.

Seth Harrison, MD

Non-Executive Director, Deputy Chairman

Dr. Harrison has been a director and deputy chairman of HeartWare since November 2004 and was Chief Executive Officer of HeartWare, Inc. from July 2003 through November 2004. Dr. Harrison serves as CEO of Apple Tree Life Sciences, Inc., Chairman of the Board of Aileron Therapeutics and CEO and Chairman of the Board of Tokai Pharmaceuticals, privately held companies which were founded by Apple Tree. From 1999 until it was dissolved in 2013, Dr. Harrison was Managing General Partner of Apple Tree Partners I, L.P., an early stage life sciences venture capital firm, which had been a significant stockholder of the company through early 2013. Prior to September 1999, he held senior executive positions with Oak Investment Partners, Sevin Rosen Funds and Nazem & Company. Dr. Harrison serves on the board of and chairs the Finance Committee of the International Partnership for Microbicides, a Rockefeller Foundation/Gates Foundation-sponsored public-private partnership engaged in the development of anti-HIV microbicides. Dr. Harrison received a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University. He received his medical degree and a Masters of Business Administration from Columbia University and completed a surgery internship at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York.

Ray Larkin Jr.

Non-Executive Director, Chairman

Mr. Larkin has been a director of HeartWare since October 2008 and Chairman of the Board since June 2010. Mr. Larkin joined the board of directors of Align Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq:ALGN) in March 2004 and has served as Chairman since February 2006. Align Technology is engaged in the design, manufacture and marketing of novel orthodontic products. He is also a director of Neuropace, a privately held company developing implantable devices for treating neurological disorders, and TherOx, a company focused on treating oxygen-deprived tissue in heart-attack victims. Previously, from 1999 through May 2007, Mr. Larkin served on the Board of Directors of Davita, Inc., a New York Stock Exchange listed provider of dialysis services, and of Novasys Medical, Inc., a privately held company focused on the development of innovative therapies in women’s health from 2002 to 2012. Since July 2006, Mr. Larkin has served as a Venture Partner at Cutlass Capital, a healthcare venture capital firm, and, since January 2002 as an Executive Committee Member at Synecor, an incubator of innovative early stage medical technologies. Mr. Larkin spent approximately 15 years with critical care device company Nellcor Puritan Bennett, Inc, which he joined in 1983 as Vice President Sales and Marketing. He was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Nellcor in 1989. Larkin subsequently served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Eunoe, Inc., a company focused on neurological disorders, until it was acquired by Integra LifeSciences Holdings Corporation in 2005. Mr. Larkin is a graduate of LaSalle University and a former Captain in the United States Marine Corps.

Stephen Oesterle, MD

Non-Executive Director

​Dr. Oesterle has been a director of HeartWare since January 2016. He is a Venture Partner at the global venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates, Inc. (“NEA”), where he focuses on NEA’s medical device investing practice, and he acts as a strategic advisor to investment firms EQT and Temasek Holdings.
Prior to joining NEA in 2015, Dr. Oesterle served as Medtronic, Inc.’s Senior Vice President for Medicine and Technology and as a member of the Executive Committee where he provided executive leadership for Medtronic scientific research, technological strategies and development of relationships with medical communities, technical universities, financial institutions and emerging medical device companies around the world. Prior to joining Medtronic in 2002, Dr. Oesterle served as Associate Professor of Medicine at the Harvard University Medical School and Director of Invasive Cardiology Services at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. Dr. Oesterle developed and directed interventional cardiology programs at Good Samaritan Hospital, Los Angeles from 1986 to 1991, at Georgetown University from 1991 to 1992, and at Stanford University from 1992 to 1998.
Dr. Oesterle graduated summa cum laude from Harvard in 1973 and went on to receive his M.D. from Yale University School of Medicine in 1977. He was a post-doctoral fellow in cardiology at Stanford University, where he subsequently served on the faculty for more than a decade.

Robert Stockman

Non-Executive Director

Mr. Stockman has been a director of HeartWare since December 2006. Since 1999, Mr. Stockman has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Group Outcome LLC, a U.S.-based merchant banking firm which deploys its capital and that of its financial partners in private equity and venture capital investments in medical technology companies. He is also the co-founder, Chairman and CEO of REVA Medical, Inc., a publicly traded interventional coronary medical device company. Prior to establishing Group Outcome LLC, Mr. Stockman spent eighteen years with Johnston Associates and Narragansett Capital Corporation, where he focused on venture capital investments in healthcare. Mr. Stockman holds a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and a Master in Business Administration from The Tuck School at Dartmouth College.

Robert Thomas

Non-Executive Director

Mr. Thomas has been a director of HeartWare since November 2004 and served as our Chairman of the Board from February 2009 to June 2010. He is currently a director of the following Australian public companies: Virgin Australia Limited (formerly Virgin Blue Holdings Limited), Biotron Limited, Reva Medical, Inc., Starpharma Limited and TAL Limited (formerly Tower Australia Limited), the latter of which Mr. Thomas serves as Chairman. He also serves on the board of the privately held company, AUS Bio Limited. Between October 2004 and September 2008, Mr. Thomas was a consultant to Citigroup Corporate and Investment Bank and was Chairman of Global Corporate and Investment Bank, Australia and New Zealand of Citigroup Global Markets Australia Pty Limited between March 2003 and September 2004. Previously, Mr. Thomas was CEO of Citigroup’s (formerly known as Salomon Smith Barney) Corporate and Investment Bank, Australia and New Zealand from October 1999 until February 2003. Mr. Thomas is a member of the Advisory Board of Inteq Limited, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a director of O’Connell Street Associates and Grahger Capital Securities as well as President of the State Library Council of New South Wales in Australia. He is a Master Stockbroker and has also been a member of the Financial Services Institution of Australia (previously known as the Securities Institute of Australia) for almost four decades and a Fellow for a decade. Mr. Thomas holds a Bachelor of Economics from Monash University, Australia.

Denis Wade, MD

Non-Executive Director

Dr. Wade has been a director of HeartWare since December 2004. From 1998 until his retirement in 2003, Dr. Wade was Managing Director of Johnson & Johnson Research Pty Ltd, a research arm of Johnson & Johnson. Prior to that position, he was the Foundation Professor of Clinical Pharmacology at the University of New South Wales in Australia. Dr. Wade has served on a number of industry and Government bodies in Australia. He is a former President of the Australian Society of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology and has held senior positions in the International Union of Pharmacology, serving as Chairman of the Clinical Pharmacology Section. Dr. Wade holds a Bachelor degree in Medicine and Surgery from the University of New South Wales (Australia) and a Doctorate in Philosophy from Oxford (in the United Kingdom). He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Science from the University of New South Wales. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. Dr. Wade currently serves as a director of Biotron Limited, a company listed on the Australian Securities Exchange.