Our leaders

Our board of directors and executive leadership team are guided by Our Credo and are passionate about helping patients and meeting the needs of all of our stakeholders. These executives serve as leaders not only for our employees, but also for the medical device industry and our global communities.

Executive leadership team

Updated August 2016. Please click on picture or name to see a short bio.

Michael A. Mussallem

Michael A. Mussallem
Chairman and
Chief Executive Officer

Michael A. Mussallem was appointed chairman and chief executive officer of Edwards Lifesciences in 2000, when it became an independent, publicly traded company. Under his leadership, Edwards has established its position as a global leader in patient-focused medical innovations with the introduction of lifesaving and life-sustaining therapies such as transcatheter aortic valve replacement, rapid-deployment surgical heart valve replacement and non-invasive hemodynamic monitoring. Driven by a passion to help patients, the company collaborates with the world's leading clinicians and researchers to address unmet healthcare needs, working to improve patient outcomes and enhance lives while delivering value to the healthcare system. As Edwards' CEO since becoming an independent public company, Mussallem has not only led the development and successful implementation of the company’s patient-focused innovation strategy, but also established Edwards’ commitment to philanthropy and corporate social responsibility. Over the last 12 years, Edwards Lifesciences Foundation has supported communities and causes around the world with more than $47 million in charitable giving, as well as volunteer support from Edwards’ employees. In 2014, Edwards Lifesciences Foundation launched Every Heartbeat Matters with the goal that Edwards’ philanthropy will support the education, screening and treatment of 1 million underserved people by 2020. During Mussallem’s tenure, Edwards was recognized among the World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute, an organization that defines and advances standards of ethical business practices. Mussallem has been included in the Forum for Corporate Directors Hall of Fame and received a number of honors including the UC Irvine Medal, a lifetime achievement award from The Phoenix Conference and the Wenger Award for Excellence in Corporate Leadership by WomenHeart. Prior to his current position, Mussallem held a variety of positions at Baxter International from 1979 until 2000, when Edwards was spun off from Baxter. Currently, Mussallem serves on the board of the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) and is an advisory board member for the Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics at the University of Southern California. He is a trustee of the University of California, Irvine Foundation and the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana. Mussallem has served as board chairman of both AdvaMed and the California Healthcare Institute (CHI). He received a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering and an honorary doctorate degree from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

Dirksen J. Lehman

Dirksen J. Lehman
Corporate Vice President,
Public Affairs

Dirksen J. Lehman has been corporate vice president, public affairs, since 2013. He joined the company in 2007 as vice president of government affairs, and later added responsibility for global health economics and reimbursement. In his current role, Lehman continues to oversee these functions and also has responsibility for global communications, corporate branding, global corporate giving, patient engagement, and disease awareness. Prior to joining Edwards, he was head of the healthcare practice at Clark & Weinstock, a government affairs and crisis management consulting firm in Washington, D.C. Lehman has also served in The White House as special assistant to the president for legislative affairs, and health counsel for the majority on the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. He chairs the board of directors for BioUtah. Lehman received his undergraduate degree from Millersville University of Pennsylvania and his law degree from Catholic University of America.

John P. McGrath, Ph.D.

John P. McGrath, Ph.D.
Corporate Vice President,
Quality, Regulatory, Clinical

John P. McGrath, Ph.D., has been corporate vice president, quality, since 2007. He has more than 30 years of medical device and combination product experience in quality, manufacturing and product development. Prior to joining Edwards, McGrath was vice president of quality at Cordis Corporation in Miami Lakes, Fla., where his quality assurance responsibilities included cardiovascular, endovascular and neurovascular businesses. Prior to that, he was director of quality at CR Bard's USCI and electrophysiology divisions. McGrath serves on the board of directors for Orange County United Way. He received a bachelor's degree from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, a master's degree in total quality management from Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom, and a doctorate degree in management from California Coast University.

Stanton J. Rowe

Stanton J. Rowe
Corporate Vice President,
Advanced Technology and
Chief Scientific Officer

Stanton J. Rowe has been chief scientific officer since 2008 and also serves as corporate vice president, advanced technology. He joined the company in 2004 when Edwards acquired Percutaneous Valve Technologies, a company he helped to found in 1999 and of which he served as president and CEO. Previously, Rowe was corporate vice president of business development and strategic planning for Datascope and was vice president of business development for Johnson & Johnson's interventional systems division (JJIS) in Warren, New Jersey, responsible for the company's coronary stent development efforts. At JJIS and the related Cordis Corporation, Rowe held a variety of positions with increasing levels of responsibility, including heading the company's business development, advanced technology, worldwide clinical research and marketing groups. Rowe joined Cordis after previously holding several positions in product management for a number of medical device companies. He is on the board of directors of both InSeal Medical, Ltd. and NeuralAnalytics. He is also on the board of directors for the Discovery Science Center in Orange County, as well as on the advisory boards for the engineering or biomedical engineering schools at UC Irvine, Georgia Tech and Brown University. Rowe received a bachelor's degree from the University of Alabama.

Scott B. Ullem

Scott B. Ullem
Corporate Vice President,
Chief Financial Officer

Scott B. Ullem has been corporate vice president, chief financial officer since January 2014. Prior to joining Edwards, he was the chief financial officer of Bemis Company, a global supplier of packaging used in leading food, consumer and healthcare products. Ullem also had leadership responsibility for one of Bemis' three business segments and the company's information technology function. Before joining Bemis, Ullem spent 17 years in global investment banking, serving as managing director at Goldman Sachs and later for Bank of America. He serves on the board of directors for Berry Global, Inc. and is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute. Ullem received a bachelor's degree in political science from DePauw University and a master's degree in business administration from Harvard Business School.

Huimin Wang, M.D.

Huimin Wang, M.D.
Corporate Vice President,
Japan, Asia and Pacific

Huimin Wang, M.D., is corporate vice president, Japan, Asia and Pacific. Prior to his current role, Wang was responsible for the company’s Japan and Intercontinental regions. Since joining the company – then Baxter International – in 1993, Wang has served in a number of roles, including senior manager of strategy development, director of product/therapy for Baxter’s renal division in Japan, president of medical systems and devices, responsible for both the cardiovascular and intravenous systems businesses in Japan, and representative director of Baxter Limited. Before joining Baxter, Wang was a senior associate with Booz, Allen & Hamilton in Chicago, vice president of Integrated Strategies, a consulting and venture management firm he co-founded, and an associate with McKinsey & Company. Prior to that, Wang was a resident and staff physician in anesthesiology at Keio University Hospital in Tokyo. In 2006, Wang was appointed as visiting associate professor for Keio University's department of anesthesiology. Wang received a doctor of medicine degree from Kagoshima University in Japan, and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago.

Larry L. Wood

Larry L. Wood
Corporate Vice President,
Transcatheter Heart Valves

Larry L. Wood has been corporate vice president, transcatheter heart valves, since 2007, and has been responsible for key company R&D, operations, marketing, commercial, clinical and regulatory initiatives in transcatheter valve replacement around the globe since the program was a development project. Under his leadership, the Edwards SAPIEN heart valve has won numerous awards, including the Prix Galien “Best Medical Technology Product” award and was named Popular Science’s “Best of What’s New” Grand Award winner in the Health category. Wood has more than 25 years of experience in the medical device industry at both Edwards and Baxter International, and is a frequently invited faculty member at key interventional cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery scientific congresses. Wood previously held key positions in manufacturing management, regulatory affairs, and strategic and clinical marketing, primarily in the company’s leading surgical heart valve franchise. Wood received his master’s degree in business administration from Pepperdine University.

Donald E. Bobo, Jr.

Donald E. Bobo, Jr.
Corporate Vice President,
Strategy & Corporate
Development

Donald E. Bobo, Jr., has been corporate vice president since 2007 and is currently responsible for the company’s corporate strategy and corporate development functions. In addition, Bobo has executive responsibility for transcatheter mitral and tricuspid therapies and heart failure initiatives as well as the healthcare solutions and commercial services team. Bobo has more than 30 years of experience in the medical products and healthcare industry in various operating roles at Edwards including vice president and general manager of the global heart valve therapy business and global valve manufacturing operations. Prior to joining Edwards, Bobo held a variety of roles with increasing levels of responsibilities with American Hospital Supply and Baxter Healthcare, including research and development, business development, operations and general management. Currently, he is chairman of the California Life Sciences Association (CLSA) and serves on the board of Innerspace Neuro Inc. Bobo received a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Bob Jones University, and a master's degree in engineering from the University of Southern California.

Christine Z. McCauley

Christine Z. McCauley
Corporate Vice President,
Human Resources

Christine Z. McCauley has been corporate vice president, human resources, since 2012. McCauley has more than 30 years of experience working in all the functional disciplines of human resources. Prior to assuming her current role, she served as Edwards' vice president, human resources. Before joining the company in 1999, McCauley held a variety of human resources positions at Texas Instruments, Loral (Ford) Aerospace and Bally's Health and Tennis. She is a member of the board of directors at OCTANe and Baxter Credit Union. McCauley earned a dual bachelor's degree in business administration and organizational effectiveness at The College at Brockport State University of New York and a master's degree in human resource management from Chapman University.

Joseph Nuzzolese

Joseph Nuzzolese
Corporate Vice President,
Global Supply Chain

Joseph Nuzzolese joined Edwards as corporate vice president, global supply chain, in August 2016. Prior to joining the company, Nuzzolese was the vice president, supply chain, for Johnson & Johnson’s global surgery business, where he was responsible for leading worldwide operations for the Ethicon and Cardio and Specialty Surgery Businesses, which included Ethicon, Ethicon EndoSurgery, Biosurgery, Biosense Webster, Acclarent, Mentor, Advanced Sterilization Products and Sterilmed. Nuzzolese has more than 25 years of experience leading all facets of supply chain and held a number of senior leadership roles at Johnson & Johnson, including vice president of supply chain in the Office of Strategy & Execution, vice president of worldwide operations for Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. and vice president of drug delivery for ALZA Corp. He received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Catherine M. Szyman

Catherine M. Szyman
Corporate Vice President,
Critical Care

Catherine M. Szyman has been corporate vice president since 2015 and is currently responsible for the company’s global critical care and vascular business. Prior to joining Edwards, Szyman held a variety of roles with increasing levels of responsibility for more than 20 years at Medtronic. She served as president of Medtronic’s global diabetes business for five years, overseeing research, development, operations, and sales and marketing. She also served as senior vice president of corporate strategy and business development, VP and general manager of endovascular, and VP of finance for the vascular business. Szyman currently serves on the board of Endotronix. She previously served on the boards of Tornier, Inspire Medical Systems and the California Healthcare Institute (CHI). She graduated from the University of St. Thomas and earned her master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School.

Jean-Luc Lemercier

Jean-Luc Lemercier
Corporate Vice President,
EMEA, Canada and Latin America

Jean-Luc Lemercier has been corporate vice president, EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), Canada and Latin America since July 2017. Prior to assuming his current role, Lemercier served as vice president of transcatheter heart valves EMEA since 2008. Under his leadership at Edwards, the company successfully launched the SAPIEN transcatheter heart valve technology and built its leadership position in Europe. Before joining Edwards, Lemercier served various leadership roles with Johnson & Johnson Cordis from 1996-2008, including leader of the structural heart disease group in the United States; vice president of new business development in Europe and vice president of the Cordis cardiology division in Belgium; and general manager of Cordis France. Lemercier has more than 30 years of medical device experience, beginning with Baxter in France, and held several sales and marketing management positions within Baxter Europe and the United States. Lemercier holds a degree as a doctor in pharmacy from the Claude Bernard Lyon 1 University in Lyon, France.

Aimee S. Weisner

Aimee S. Weisner
Corporate Vice President,
General Counsel

Aimee S. Weisner has been corporate vice president, general counsel, since 2011. Prior to joining the company, Weisner was the executive vice president, administration, and secretary at Advanced Medical Optics, Inc. (AMO), where she was responsible for legal, human resources, compliance and internal audit, and previously served as general counsel. Prior to that, Weisner served as vice president, assistant general counsel and assistant secretary at Allergan. She also practiced in the corporate and securities group at the law firm of O'Melveny & Myers LLP. Weisner currently serves as a board and audit committee member for Glaukos Corporation (NYSE: GKOS) and as a member of the board of the Orange County branch of the American Heart Association where she served as chair from 2015-2017. She received a bachelor's degree in communications from California State University, Fullerton, and a juris doctor degree from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.

Bernard J. Zovighian

Bernard J. Zovighian
Corporate Vice President,
Surgical Heart Valve Therapy

Bernard J. Zovighian has been corporate vice president since January 2016 and is currently responsible for the company’s global surgical valve business. He joined Edwards in January 2015 as vice president and general manager for the surgical heart valve business. Prior to joining Edwards Lifesciences, Zovighian held a variety of roles with increasing levels of responsibility at Johnson & Johnson (J&J) for nearly 20 years. He served as the worldwide president of Advanced Sterilization Products, a J&J company. He was also president of JJMP, J&J’s medical device businesses in Canada. Prior to leading JJMP, Bernard was with Cordis, a J&J company at the time, for over a decade. Zovighian has extensive senior leadership experience in the medical device industry in Europe and North America. He has held roles of increasing responsibility in sales, marketing, business development, general management and commercial introduction and adoption of disruptive technology that has elevated the standard of care. Zovighian was born and educated in France, earning a master’s degree in biomedical engineering from University of Marseille and an executive MBA from Euromed Management.

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