Stephen T. Wills, CPA | Interim Executive Chairman and Principal Executive Officer
Stephen T. Wills, CPA, MST has served as the interim Executive Chairman and Principal Executive officer since December 2015 and previously served as lead director and a director of Derma Sciences since July, 2008 and May, 2000, respectively. He also served as our Chief Financial Officer from July, 1997 and Vice President from November, 1997 until his resignation from these positions in July, 2000. Mr. Wills currently serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Palatin Technologies, Inc., a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company. Mr. Wills currently serves as a director and audit chairman for Miami International Holdings, LLC, a development stage option trading exchange company located in Princeton, New Jersey. Mr. Wills is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants and Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from West Chester University, West Chester, Pennsylvania in 1979 and a Master of Science in Taxation from Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1994.
Srini Conjeevaram | Director
Srini Conjeevaram has served as a director of Derma Sciences since May, 1998. Mr. Conjeevaram is Managing Director of SC Capital Management, LLC pursuing growth equity opportunities in healthcare. Mr. Conjeevaram is also the general partner of growth equity funds with investments in several privately-held healthcare companies. From 1991 through March 2006, he was with Galen Associates, focusing on growth equity healthcare investments, becoming a General Partner in 1996. Prior to his affiliation with Galen Associates, he was an Associate in Corporate Finance at Smith Barney from 1989 to 1990 and a Senior Project Engineer for General Motors Corporation from 1982 to 1987. Mr. Conjeevaram earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Chennai University, Chennai, India, a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, Stanford, California, and a Master of Business Administration from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.
Brett D. Hewlett | Director
Brett D. Hewlett has served as a director of Derma Sciences since February, 2010. Mr. Hewlett served as the Chief Executive Officer from 2005 – 2015 and is currently a Director at Comvita Limited (“Comivta”), a publicly listed natural products and life sciences company headquartered in New Zealand (NZSX:CVT). Prior to his affiliation with Comvita, Mr. Hewlett served for fifteen years with Tetra Pak, a world-leading food packaging company, in the capacities of Managing Director for Eastern Mediterranean markets and Commercial Director for Saudi Arabia. He has organized and managed his own consulting company and has been an active angel investor supporting start-up companies in New Zealand. Mr. Hewlett earned a Bachelor of Food Technology degree from Massey University, New Zealand, in 1987 and a Masters of Business Administration degree from International Institute for Management Development, Switzerland, in 1993.
Sam Navarro | Director
Samuel E. Navarro was nominated for a position on our Board of Directors in March 2015. Mr. Navarro is currently Managing Partner at Gravitas Healthcare, LLC, a strategic advisory firm based in Greenwich, CT. Mr. Navarro was previously Managing Director of Cowen & Co., an investment banking and financial advisory firm, in New York City and head of its Medical Technology Investment Banking initiatives. Before Cowen & Co., Mr. Navarro spent more than four years at The Galleon Group, a hedge fund management firm, running the Galleon Healthcare Fund as a Senior Portfolio Manager. He was responsible for health care investments across all sectors, including pharmaceuticals/biopharmaceutical industries, medical technology and hospital supplies, and all areas of healthcare services. Mr. Navarro also spent time at ING Barings as the Global Head of Healthcare Investment Banking. Mr. Navarro currently serves on the boards of directors of Cardica, Inc. and MELA Sciences, Inc. Mr. Navarro earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, a Master of Science degree in Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA degree in Finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
We believe that Mr. Navarro’s qualifications to serve on our Board of Directors include his extensive investment management experience in the medical device industry.
Robert G. Moussa | Director
Robert G. Moussa has served as a director of Derma Sciences since May, 2005. Mr. Moussa is the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Dilon Technologies, Inc., makers of a gamma imaging system for early breast cancer detection, a position he has held since February, 2008. Before joining Dilon Technologies, Inc., Mr. Moussa served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Robert Moussa & Associates, a consulting firm serving the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and healthcare industries. Prior to founding this firm, he served in a variety of executive positions with Mallinckrodt, Inc., St. Louis, Missouri, a $2.4 billion healthcare and chemical company. Mr. Moussa’s most recent assignment at Mallinckrodt, Inc. was President – International, a position he held from 1995 through 1997. Previously he served from 1992 to 1996 as President and Chief Executive Officer of Mallinckrodt Medical, Inc., Mallinckrodt, Inc.’s largest business unit with over $1 billion dollars in revenues. Before joining Mallinckrodt Medical, Inc., Mr. Moussa served during the period 1978 through 1992 as Mallinckrodt, Inc.’s Group Vice President — International Medical Products, Vice President and General Manager — Medical Products Europe, General Manager — Critical Care, Director of Business Operations and General Sales Manager. Prior to joining Mallinckrodt, Inc., Mr. Moussa held a number of positions during the period from 1969 through 1976 with Sherwood Medical, United Kingdom, most recently as Director of Marketing. Mr. Moussa received his Baccalaureate from the Collège du Sacre-Cœur, Beirut, Lebanon, in 1966 and his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Ealing University, London, England, in 1969. He has also completed executive seminars at the University of California at Berkeley, the Aspen Institute, the Wharton Executive School and the Center for Creative Leadership.