Synergetics USA, Inc. (NASDAQ: SURG) announced today that D. Graeme Thomas and Patricia S. Williams have been elected to the Company’s Board of Directors. The Board’s total membership increases to nine with the addition of Mr. Thomas and Ms. Williams.
“We are pleased to welcome Graeme Thomas and Patricia Williams to Synergetics’ Board of Directors,” stated Dave Hable, President and CEO of Synergetics USA, Inc. “Graeme Thomas has served as a CEO of a medical device company and Patricia Williams has significant corporate experience in senior roles. We look forward to their counsel as new members of Synergetics’ Board of Directors.”
D. Graeme Thomas has had broad executive experience in the life sciences industry focused primarily on medical devices and pharmaceuticals. Mr. Thomas moved from Australia to the United States in 1979 to launch CooperVision Optics and CooperVision International. In 1985, he joined Rorer Pharmaceuticals to build European markets, before moving in 1989 to lead Sherwood Medical International. He launched AngioSeal for Sherwood/Wyeth in 1995, leading their cardiovascular device division until its acquisition in 1998. Mr. Thomas then focused on start-up ventures, first founding MedAscent Group; then joining BioGenerator, an early-stage investment group in 2003. He served as CEO of Akermin from 2004 and of Cardialen from 2004, both life-sciences ventures in which BioGenerator had invested, raising private capital, obtaining grants and achieving key milestones for each. In 2011, he joined Saint Louis University where, as Director, Office of Technology Management, he is responsible for intellectual property protection and commercialization of technologies investigated and identified at that institution.
Patricia S. Williams served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of RehabCare Group, Inc., a leading provider of physical rehabilitation program management services in over 1,200 hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and other long-term care facilities throughout the United States, from 2007 until its acquisition by Kindred Healthcare, Inc. in June 2011. Ms. Williams previously held the position of Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Thermadyne Holdings Corporation, a multi-national manufacturer of welding and cutting products, from 1997 to 2007. Ms. Williams serves on the board of directors of YTB International, Inc., a leading marketer and provider of internet-based business solutions offering travel-related services, as well as shopping opportunities, and of White Drive Products, Inc., a leading global supplier of hydraulic motors and drive system products for mobile and industrial applications.