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Inspire Leadership

Inspire Leadership

Inspire was formed in 2007 when the technology and intellectual property portfolio were spun out of Medtronic. The employees of Inspire have come from the world’s leading medical device companies, working together to provide sleep apnea patients with a groundbreaking obstructive sleep apnea therapy option.

TIM HERBERT: President & Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Herbert has served as Chief Executive Officer and President and as a member of the board of directors since November 2007. Prior to joining Inspire, Mr. Herbert spent 11 years at Medtronic, a medical equipment development company, where he held management positions in product development, clinical research, sales, marketing, and healthcare reimbursement. Mr. Herbert holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from North Dakota State University and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas.

RICK BUCHHOLZ: Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Buchholz has served as Chief Financial Officer since May 2014. Prior to joining Inspire, Mr. Buchholz served as the Chief Financial Officer, Secretary and Treasurer at superDimension, Ltd., a medical device manufacturer (which was acquired by Covidien plc in May 2012), from August 2006 to July 2013. Mr. Buchholz holds a B.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire and is a certified public accountant (inactive).

RANDY BAN: Chief Commercial Officer

Mr. Ban joined Inspire in 2009.  Prior to joining Inspire, he served as Vice President of Global Marketing, Cardiac Rhythm Management at Boston Scientific. From 1994 to 2008, Mr. Ban worked in a variety of sales and marketing leadership positions while at Guidant Corporation (Guidant was acquired by Boston Scientific in 2006).  He began his career at Eli Lilly and Company in 1990.  Mr. Ban holds a B.S. in marketing and an MBA, both from Indiana University.

PHIL EBELING: Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Ebeling joined Inspire as Chief Operating Officer in June 2020. Prior to joining Inspire, he worked for Abbott Laboratories as Vice President and Chief Technology Officer in the Cardiovascular and Neuromodulation Division from January 2017 to March 2018. From January 2016 to January 2017, Mr. Ebeling was Chief Technology Officer of St. Jude Medical, Inc., a medical device company that was acquired by Abbott Laboratories in January 2017. Prior to that, Mr. Ebeling served in various other roles at St. Jude Medical, Inc., including Senior Vice President, Research and Development in the Cardiovascular and Electrophysiology Division from 2012 to January 2016 and Vice President of Research and Development for the Cardiovascular Division from 2008 to 2011. Before joining St. Jude Medical in 2008, Mr. Ebeling spent 12 years at Boston Scientific Corporation where he held numerous positions including Director of Program Management – Risk Management. Mr. Ebeling has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas. He is a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers.

STEVE JANDRICH: Chief Compliance Officer & Vice President, Human Resources

Mr. Jandrich has served as Vice President, Human Resources and Chief Compliance Officer at Inspire since September 2017. Prior to joining Inspire, Mr. Jandrich was Vice President, Human Resources for Link Snacks Inc., a multinational retail snack producer from May 2015 to September 2017. From 2001 through April 2015, he held several leadership positions at St. Jude Medical which included Vice President Human Resources, leading the International Division’s Human Resources and Commercial Operations through rapid global expansion. Mr. Jandrich holds both a B.A. and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas.

ANDREAS HENKE: Senior Vice President, European Operations

Mr. Henke has more than 25 years of experience in medical device markets. Prior to his current role, he served as Sr. Director Sales and Marketing Europe and General Manager Germany of BTG Interventional Pulmonology. From 2003 to 2014, Mr. Henke held a variety of management positions in Cardiology, Cardiac Rhythm Management and Peripheral Interventions at Boston Scientific. In his current role, he is responsible for developing and commercializing Inspire therapy in Europe. Mr. Henke has a M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering from the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences.

IVAN LUBOGO: Senior Vice President, U.S. Sales

Mr. Lubogo joined Inspire in 2011 as a Therapy Development Director, served as the Area Vice President of Sales from 2014 to 2019 and became the Senior Vice President of U.S. Sales in 2019. Prior to joining Inspire, Mr. Lubogo spent 11 years in the Cardiac Rhythm Management division of Boston Scientific undertaking direct sales and sales management roles. Mr. Lubogo has a B.S. degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Minnesota.

KATHY SHERWOOD: Senior Vice President, Global Market Access

Ms. Sherwood has over 25 years of experience in the medical device industry including 17 years with Boston Scientific/Guidant. She also worked for Medtronic and KCI Medical. Kathy has a multidisciplinary background and has led Market Access/Reimbursement teams in Cardiac Rhythm Management, Heart Failure Management, Negative Pressure Wound Therapy and other Wound Care, Urology & Pelvic Health and Neurology therapy areas. Kathy spent over three years living and working in the Netherlands, leading a Pan-European reimbursement team for KCI Medical. She has successfully negotiated positive guidance from NICE in the UK, as well as multiple positive coverage policies with payers across the world. Kathy holds a B.S. in Mechanical/Industrial Engineering from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and an MBA from the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota.

MARTIN ABRAMS: Vice President of Marketing & Customer Experience

Mr. Abrams has over 21 years of marketing experience. He is a graduate of Morehouse College where he received a B.A. in Finance. He also holds an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Business with a concentration in Marketing and Finance. Prior to Inspire, Mr. Abrams held various leadership roles in the food industry at General Mills and Land O’ Lakes where he managed brands like Nature Valley, Fiber One, Betty Crocker, Land O’ Lakes Cheese and Wheaties. Mr. Abrams has a passion for helping organizations grow by developing strategies that are focused on the consumer. Mr. Abrams believes in developing deep consumer empathy to identify insights and strategies that produce breakthrough business results.

QUAN NI, Ph.D.: Vice President, Research & Clinical Affairs

Dr. Ni has been a part of the Inspire team since 2008. Dr. Ni led therapy development and clinical research during feasibility and pivotal clinical trials, which led to FDA approval of Inspire therapy as a new treatment option for OSA in 2014. Prior to Inspire, Dr. Ni held leadership positions with Boston Scientific and Guidant Corporation. Dr. Ni holds more than 100 granted patents and has authored numerous peer reviewed publications. He has a B.S. from Shanghai Jiaotong University, China, an M.S. from University of California, San Diego and Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University of Utah.

JOHN RONDONI: Vice President, Product Development

Mr. Rondoni has over 18 years of experience in the development of implantable medical devices and care systems. Prior to joining Inspire, he worked on peripheral and central neuromodulation therapies at Medtronic, holding technical, project, and therapy leadership positions. At Medtronic, he led systems engineering for the development and commercial launch of the InterStim II platform. Since joining Inspire in 2008 he has served in product, clinical, and business development roles in the U.S. and while stationed internationally. Mr. Rondoni is an inventor of over 60 U.S. patents; he holds a B.S. and M.Eng. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.