Board of Directors
Scott Flora, President & CEO, OmniGuide Inc.
Scott D. Flora is President & CEO, and member of the Board of Directors of OmniGuide. Prior to joining OmniGuide, Mr. Flora served as President of the Surgical Devices Global Business Unit of Covidien Ltd., a leading $10 billion global healthcare products company. At Covidien Mr. Flora managed more than 8,000 employees around the world and oversaw global operations, the global product portfolio and business development and acquisitions. Before Covidien, he spent 19 years at Smith & Nephew in various senior management and sales and marketing positions. During his time at Smith & Nephew, he was President of their largest business unit, Orthopaedic Reconstruction, General Manager of the Trauma Division; and Senior Vice President of sales for the U.S. and European Regions. Before joining Smith & Nephew, Mr. Flora was Vice President of global marketing and sales with Ioptex Research.
Mr. Flora received his B.A. in Marketing from Millikin University and has participated in professional development programs at Yale, Wharton, Kellogg, INSEAD, and Penn State. He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of Millikin University, has served on the Mt. Sinai Innovation Board of Directors, and has been recognized with numerous community awards for his commitment to corporate citizenship.
Ray Stata, Director, Analog Devices Inc.
Ray Stata is cofounder of Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI), a Fortune 1000 and S&P 500 company recognized for leadership in the design and manufacturing of analog, mixed-signal and digital signal processing semiconductors. ADI was established to fulfill Mr. Stata's vision of the future role for high-performance signal processing technology. Operational amplifiers and linear ICs were soon joined by data converters, and later by digital signal processors (DSPs), forging the integration of analog and digital circuitry in semiconductors for signal processing.
Mr. Stata served as President of the company from 1971 to 1991 and CEO from 1973 to 1996. He has been Chairman of the Board since 1973 and continues to serve in this capacity.
Prior to the formation of Analog Devices, he was a founder of Solid State Instruments and became VP, Marketing at Kollmorgen Corporation's Inland Controls Division when that company acquired Solid State Instruments. Mr. Stata co-founded and served as the first President of the Massachusetts High Technology Council, and currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors.
At the federal level, he served on the Executive Committee of the Council on Competitiveness from 1987 to 2005. Mr. Stata has also served on the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Board of Overseers, and was also a founder of the Center for Quality of Management in 1989.
A graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Mr. Stata holds a BSEE and MSEE from MIT, is now Chairman of the Visiting Committee of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. In 1984 he was elected to MIT's Corporation and today is a member of its Executive Committee. In 1987-1988 he served as President of the MIT Alumni Association.
Yoel Fink, PhD, Chairman, OmniGuide Inc.
Yoel Fink is an Associate Professor at the Materials Science and Engineering Department at MIT.
Prof. Fink received a B.A. degree in Physics (Cum Laude) and a B.Sc in Chemical Engineering (Summa Cum Laude) from the Technion, Haifa, in 1994. In 2000 he was awarded a Ph.D. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. That same year he joined the Faculty of the Materials Science and Engineering Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Professor Fink’s research group has pioneered the field of multimaterial multifunctional fibers.
He was a recipient of the Weizmann Institute Amos De-Shalit Foundation Scholarship in 1992, was awarded the Hershel Rich Technion Innovation Competition 1994, was a recipient of the Technology Review Award for the 100 Top Young Innovators in 1999 and was awarded the National Academy of Sciences Initiatives in Research Award for 2004. In 2006 he won the Joseph Lane Award for Excellence in Teaching, in 2007 he was named one of the MacVicar Fellows awarded annually in recognition of outstanding teaching abilities.
Professor Fink is a co-founder of OmniGuide Inc. and served as its chief executive officer from 2007 to 2010. He is currently director of MIT’s Research Laboratory of Electronics and Chairman, OmniGuide Inc. Professor Fink is the coauthor of more than forty five scientific journal articles, and holds thirty two issued U.S. patents on photonic fibers and devices.
Anil Khatod, Managing Director, Argonaut Private Equity
Anil Khatod is a managing director at Argonaut Private Equity, a diversified global venture capital and private equity fund with more than $3.5 billion under management.
Anil works closely with entrepreneurs using his extensive operational experience to build industry leading companies in sectors including emerging technology, life sciences, alternative energy, financial services and consumer goods. He sits on the boards of nine companies in the US, Israel and India.
In 1980, Anil co-founded a venture backed liquid crystal display company based in Sunnyvale, California which was acquired in 1982. He subsequently joined Nortel Networks where he served in various senior executive roles including VP of Marketing & Sales, VP of Operations, Division President of Optical Networks, Group President of Internet Solutions and Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer of the company. Anil is widely recognized as the driver of Nortel's success in the Optical business, where he led the business and operations to a record ten-fold growth in four years reaching to $10 billion in revenue.
Anil led or participated in more than a dozen acquisitions at Nortel including Alteon Web Systems and Shasta Networks. He was also responsible for the corporate venture fund. In 2001, Anil joined Atlas Venture as a venture partner and just prior to joining Argonaut, Anil was the CEO of AirDefense (acquired by Motorola) a market leader in wireless network security with more than 800 enterprise customers globally.
Anil has an undergraduate and masters’ degree in business administration from the University of Rajasthan, India and he is a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.
Nicholas Konidaris, President and Chief Executive Officer, ESI Inc.
Mr. Konidaris was elected to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of ESI, Inc. in January of 2004 and brings more than 25 years of experience in technology companies, primarily from Advantest America and Teradyne, to his role. At Advantest America, he was responsible for leading all U.S. operations, including sales and marketing, research and development, and supply chain management. He joined Advantest America in 1993, and became president and chief executive officer of the company in 1997.
Prior to Advantest America, while at Teradyne, he held senior marketing management positions in several divisions. Currently, Mr. Konidaris serves on the board of directors for Ultratech, Inc. and Advanced Inquiry Systems, Inc. Mr. Konidaris holds a diploma in electrical and mechanical engineering from National Technical University of Athens, Greece, and an MBA from MIT Sloan.
Lisa Suennen, Managing Member, Psilos Group
Ms. Suennen is a co-founder and Managing Member of Psilos Group, a healthcare-focused venture capital firm with over $550 million under management. Ms. Suennen has headed Psilos' West Coast office since the firm's founding in 1998 and focuses on the medical device, healthcare IT and healthcare services. In addition to OmniGuide, she serves as a Director on the Board of several Psilos portfolio companies, including AngioScore, Inc. (chairman), InSound Medical, Inc., IntelliDOT Corp., Navitas Cancer Rehabilitation Centers of America, Inc. (chairman), and VeraLight, Inc (chairman).
Prior to Psilos, Ms. Suennen was at Merit Behavioral Care (formerly American Biodyne, Inc), where she held various senior executive roles including Senior VP/ GM of the Public Sector Division, Senior VP of Pacific Region Operations and Senior VP of Sales & Marketing. Ms. Suennen joined Merit in 1988, and, during her nine-year tenure, played a key role in its growth from a start-up to an $800 million/year company, including acquisitions, the IPO in 1991, and it’s sale to Magellan Health for $800 million in 1998. Previously, Ms. Suennen has held senior positions at INGRES/Relational Technology, Inc., X/Open, and Regis McKenna, Inc.
Ms. Suennen holds an M.A. in political science, a B.A in political science and a B.A. in mass communications, all from the University of California, Berkeley. Ms. Suennen also sits on the National Advisory Council of the Institute of Governmental Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.
Matt Jennings joined Phillips Plastics Corporation in April 2011 as President & CEO. Phillips designs, develops, and manufactures components and finished products for the medical device, drug delivery, consumer healthcare and other commercial markets. Annual sales are over a quarter of a billion dollars, with over 60% of the revenues from medical and drug delivery devices. The Company employs over 1,300 people in 14 locations throughout the United States, Ireland and China. Phillips provides complete services from concept design, rapid prototyping, and tooling through production, assembly, packaging and distribution to virtually every market.
Matt has over 20 years of senior leadership experience, most recently as the President of the North American Medical Division of Teleflex Incorporated, a provider of Venous Access, Regional Anesthesia and Airway products, Urology, Respiratory Care and Surgical devices to the Acute Care and Alternate Site markets. Matt had full P&L responsibility with over $500 million in revenue, 8,000 employees, 12 manufacturing facilities and 2 distribution centers. Prior to his tenure with Teleflex, Matt was the President & CEO of Bioenterprise Corporation, a bioscience business formation and acceleration company, jointly founded with the Cleveland Clinic, Case Western Reserve, and University Hospitals Health Systems in Cleveland, Ohio. Earlier in Matt’s career, he held numerous senior leadership positions over a twelve-year period with Baxter International and Allegiance Healthcare.
Matt holds bachelor's degree in Marketing from Miami University in Oxford, OH, and a master’s degree in Strategy and Business Development from Michigan State University. He currently serves several Boards in addition to Phillips Plastics Corporation, including Canadian Hospital Specialties Ltd., a leading Canadian specialty distributor of medical/surgical supplies, and serves as Chairman of the Board for Ogenix, an early commercial stage manufacturer and marketer of topical oxygen wound care products, as well as serving several non-profit Boards.