Leadership Team

Meet the leadership team that's helping transform spine surgery and beyond, and helping change patient lives every day.

Chris Barry

Chief Executive Officer

Chris Barry serves as our chief executive officer and a member of the NuVasive Board of Directors.

Prior to this role, Mr. Barry served as senior vice president and president of Surgical Innovations, the second largest business unit at Medtronic with $5.5 billion in annual revenue, from 2015 to 2018. In this role, Chris provided strategic direction to more than 14,000 employees working in 78 countries, including 10 manufacturing sites and multiple R&D centers. Prior to the acquisition of Covidien by Medtronic, Mr. Barry was president, Advanced Surgical Technologies of Covidien, where he led global strategy, product portfolio and U.S. commercial teams for the $3.2 billion global business unit. Mr. Barry spent more than 15 years in increasing commercial and executive leadership roles at Covidien. Mr. Barry received a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Texas Tech University.

 

Executive Leadership

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Rajesh Asarpota

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Rajesh Asarpota serves as our executive vice president and chief financial officer, and is responsible for NuVasive’s Finance, Accounting and Tax functions.

Mr. Asarpota’s previous roles include CFO of Questcor Pharmaceuticals; vice president of finance at Life Technologies; executive financial and operational roles at private equity-backed healthcare companies; and a variety of key finance operating roles at GE Healthcare. He began his career at General Electric (GE) in the GE Financial Management program, including finance roles in commercial operations, plant and manufacturing analysis, sourcing and R&D analysis. Mr. Asarpota holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Bombay and a master’s degree in business administration from Marquette University.

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Matt Link

President

Matt Link serves as our president, and is responsible for NuVasive’s product life cycle, including Product and Systems Development, NuVasive Clinical Services (NCS), Global Marketing, Global Logistics, Surgeon Education, Clinical Research and Corporate Development.

Mr. Link’s previous roles at NuVasive include president, U.S. commercial; executive vice president of U.S. sales; and senior vice president of sales for the Company’s U.S. Eastern region. Prior to joining NuVasive, he held several regional sales positions with DePuy Orthopedics and DePuy Spine. Mr. Link holds bachelor’s degrees in Physical Education and Sports Medicine from the University of Virginia.

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Paul McClintock

President, U.S. Commercial

Paul McClintock serves as our president, U.S. commercial, and is responsible for NuVasive’s U.S. commercial strategies related to Sales, Service, and Strategic Account and Customer Development.

Previously, Mr. McClintock served as NuVasive’s vice president, U.S. commercial for the Company’s Pacific region. Prior to joining NuVasive, he spent nearly a decade in sales and sales leadership positions at Medtronic and formed a distribution company primarily focused on selling spinal products exclusively for NuVasive. Mr. McClintock holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a master’s degree in business administration from Webster University.

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Nathaniel Sisitsky, Esq.

Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

Nathaniel Sisitsky, Esq. serves as our senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary. In addition to leading the Company’s Legal and Real Estate and Facilities functions, he oversees the NuVasive Spine Foundation.

Previously, Mr. Sisitsky served as NuVasive’s vice president and associate general counsel. Before joining NuVasive, he held a variety of legal positions, including vice president and associate general counsel, corporate governance & securities and M&A at CareFusion Corporation; and vice president, legal – corporate finance, at American Tower Corporation. Prior to joining American Tower, Mr. Sisitsky was a junior partner in the corporate department of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr (WilmerHale). Mr. Sisitsky holds bachelor’s degrees in political science and economics from Emory University, and a Juris Doctor degree from New York University School of Law.

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Lucas Vitale

Chief Human Resources Officer

Lucas Vitale serves as our chief human resources officer and is responsible for the Company’s global Human Resources function, including Talent Management, Compensation and Organizational Development.

Mr. Vitale’s prior roles at NuVasive include vice president, commercial talent development; vice president of human resources; and vice president of talent. Before joining NuVasive, he held multiple human resources leadership positions focused on driving culture and talent strategies at Life Technologies. Mr. Vitale holds bachelor’s degrees in marketing and finance from Hawaii Pacific University and a master’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology from Alliant International University.

Board of Directors

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Chris Barry

Chris Barry serves as our chief executive officer and a member of the NuVasive Board of Directors.

Prior to this role, Mr. Barry served as senior vice president and president of Surgical Innovations, the second largest business unit at Medtronic with $5.5 billion in annual revenue, from 2015 to 2018. In this role, Chris provided strategic direction to more than 14,000 employees working in 78 countries, including 10 manufacturing sites and multiple R&D centers. Prior to the acquisition of Covidien by Medtronic, Mr. Barry was president, Advanced Surgical Technologies of Covidien, where he led global strategy, product portfolio and U.S. commercial teams for the $3.2 billion global business unit. Mr. Barry spent more than 15 years in increasing commercial and executive leadership roles at Covidien. Mr. Barry received a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Texas Tech University.

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Vickie Capps

Vickie L. Capps has served as a member of our Board of Directors since June 2015. From July 2002 to December 2013, Ms. Capps served as the Chief Financial Officer of DJO Global, Inc., a leading global provider of medical device solutions for musculoskeletal health, vascular health and pain management. Prior to joining DJO Global, she served as the Chief Financial Officer of several other public and private companies. Earlier in her career, she served as a senior audit and accounting professional at Ernst & Young LLP. Ms. Capps is a member of the Senior Advisory Board of Consonance Capital Partners and serves on the board of its portfolio company, Enclara Pharmacia. She also serves on the board of directors and as chair of the audit committee of Otonomy, Inc. Ms. Capps is a California Certified Public Accountant and was recognized as CFO of the Year by the San Diego Business Journal in 2009 and 2010. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration/accounting from San Diego State University.

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John DeFord

John DeFord, Ph.D. has served as a member of our Board since February 2018. Dr. DeFord is currently Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Becton, Dickinson and Company, a global medical technology company. Dr. DeFord joined Becton Dickinson following its December 2017 acquisition of C.R. Bard, Inc., where he had served as Senior Vice President, Science, Technology and Clinical Affairs since June 2007. Dr. DeFord joined Bard in 2004, and served in science and technology roles of increasing responsibility since that time. Prior to joining Bard, Dr. DeFord was Managing Director of Early Stage Partners LP, a venture capital fund. Prior to joining Early Stage Partners, Dr. DeFord was President and CEO of Cook Incorporated, a privately held medical device manufacturer. Dr. DeFord is a graduate of Purdue University with a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Electrical/Biomedical Engineering.

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Robert Friel

Robert F. Friel has served as a member of our Board of Directors since February 2016. Mr. Friel currently serves as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of PerkinElmer, Inc., and has been one of the primary architects of the company’s transformation into a global technology leader focused on improving the health and safety of people and the environment. Prior to being appointed PerkinElmer’s President and Chief Executive Officer in February 2008 and Chairman in April 2009, he previously served as President and Chief Operating Officer of PerkinElmer and as Vice Chairman and President of PerkinElmer’s Life and Analytical Sciences unit. Prior to that, Mr. Friel served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of PerkinElmer with responsibility for business development and information technology in addition to his oversight of finance functions. Previously, he held several senior management positions with AlliedSignal, Inc., now Honeywell International. Mr. Friel currently serves as a member of the board of directors of Xylem, Inc. Mr. Friel received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Lafayette College and a Master of Science degree in taxation from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

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Scott Huennekens

Scott Huennekens has served as a member of our Board since October 2018. Mr. Huennekens was the President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board for Verb Surgical, an independent start-up company formed by Google and Johnson & Johnson to develop surgical platforms including advanced surgical robotics, from August 2015 to December 2018. Prior to joining Verb Surgical in 2015, Mr. Huennekens was President, Chief Executive Officer and Board Member of Volcano Corporation for more than 13 years. Mr. Huennekens was President and Chief Executive Officer at Digirad Corporation from 1997 to 2002, and held various management roles at Baxter Healthcare from 1993 to 1997. Mr. Huennekens received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California, and a Master’s in Business Administration from Harvard Business School.

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Greg Lucier

Greg Lucier has served as Chairman of the Board since May 2015. Mr. Lucier served as Chief Executive Officer of NuVasive from 2015 to 2018. Prior to this role, Mr. Lucier served as Chairman and CEO of Life Technologies Corporation for eleven years. Mr. Lucier was heading Life Technologies Corporation during the acquisition by Thermo Fisher Scientific in 2013 for $15.6 billion – one of the largest Life Sciences acquisitions to date. Before that Mr. Lucier served as President, Medical Information Technologies/GE Healthcare, overseeing the networking of medical electronic devices, digital imaging and clinical information systems with revenues of $1.8 billion. He was promoted by the GE Board to an officer of General Electric Corporation to serve as Vice President Global Services, GE Healthcare, the company’s $2 billion healthcare services business. In addition to serving on the Board of NuVasive, he is Chairman of the Board of Epic Sciences and a member of the Board of Directors for Catalent, Inc. Mr. Lucier received a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Pennsylvania State University and a masters of business administration from Harvard Business School.

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Leslie Norwalk

Leslie V. Norwalk, Esq. has served as a member of our Board of Directors since May 2014. Ms. Norwalk is Strategic Counsel to Epstein Becker & Green, P.C., EBG Advisors and National Health Advisors. She also serves as an advisor to three private equity firms: Warburg Pincus, Peloton Equity, and Enhanced Equity Fund. Ms. Norwalk served the Bush Administration as the Acting Administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services  after serving as the agency’s Deputy Administrator and serving in the first Bush administration. Prior to serving the Bush Administration, she practiced law in the Washington, D.C. office of Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. Ms. Norwalk currently sits on the boards of directors of Endologix, Inc. and Providence Service Corp. (both of which are publicly-traded), as well as Abode Healthcare, HPOne, Linkwell Health, Cedar Gate, Med First, Healtheo360 and MedCircle. She is also a member of APCO Worldwide’s International Advisory Council. Ms. Norwalk earned a J.D. degree from the George Mason University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in economics and international relations from Wellesley College.

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Michael O’Halleran

Michael D. O’Halleran has served as a member of our Board of Directors since August 2016. Mr. O’Halleran currently serves as a senior advisor to Ryan Specialty Group, an international specialty insurance organization. From 1987 to 2017, Mr. O’Halleran was with Aon, plc, a provider of risk management, insurance and consulting services. Mr. O’Halleran joined the Aon group of companies in 1987 to lead its reinsurance division and during his 30-year career with Aon, he served in several significant management positions including president and chief operating officer of Aon Corporation, and executive chairman of Aon Benfield. Prior to joining Aon, he was a senior executive with companies in the insurance industry. Mr. O’Halleran has a degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

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Donald Rosenberg

Donald J. Rosenberg has served as a member of our Board of Directors since February 2016. Since October 2007, Mr. Rosenberg has served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of QUALCOMM Incorporated, a world leader in 3G, 4G and next-generation wireless technologies. Prior to joining QUALCOMM, he served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Apple Inc. Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President and General Counsel of IBM Corporation. Mr. Rosenberg has served as an adjunct professor of law at New York’s Pace University School of Law, where he taught courses in intellectual property and antitrust law. He is the immediate past National Co-Chairman of the Board of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and his Juris Doctor from St. John’s University School of Law.

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Daniel Wolterman

Daniel J. Wolterman has served as a member of our Board since July 2015.  Mr. Wolterman has served as the Chief Executive Officer of ColubrisMX, Inc. and X-Cath, Inc., both privately-held medical device companies, since January 2018. Mr. Wolterman previously served as President and CEO of Memorial Hermann Health System, the largest not-for-profit health system in Southeast Texas, from 2002 until his retirement from Memorial Hermann in 2016.  He serves on the boards of directors of Vizient, Inc. and Legacy ER + Urgent Care, Inc. Mr. Wolterman earned a B.S. degree in business administration, an M.B.A. in finance from the University of Cincinnati and a Master’s Degree in healthcare administration from Xavier University.