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 new Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) therapy option.
TIM HERBERT: President & CEO
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 M.B.A. from the University of St. Thomas.
RICHARD 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.
RANDY BAN: Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing
Mr. Ban has served as Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing since 2009. Prior to joining Inspire, Mr. Ban served as Chief Operating Officer at Vertebral Technologies Inc., a medical device company, from 2008 to 2009. From 2006 to 2008, Mr. Ban served as Vice President of Global Marketing, CRM at Boston Scientific. Mr. Ban holds a B.S. in marketing and an M.B.A., both from Indiana University.
HOWARD GREEN: Vice President, Marketing
Mr. Green has served as Vice President, Marketing since 2015. Prior to joining Inspire, Mr. Green was an Emmy award-winning television sportscaster before beginning his healthcare career from 2001 – 2005 at Boston Scientific Cardiac Rhythm Management. From 2005 – 2015, Mr. Green served as Executive Director of Global Medical Education at WebMD/Medscape. Mr. Green holds a BS in Biology from Emory University, an MS in Broadcast Journalism from Boston University and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management where he was an Austin Scholar and named the Class of 2001 Outstanding Student in Entrepreneurship.
ANDREAS HENKE: Vice President, Commercial Operations – Europe
Mr. Henke has more than 20 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 – 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.
STEVE JANDRICH: Vice President, Human Resources
Mr. Jandrich has served as Vice President, Human Resources since September 2017. From May 2015 to September 2017, Mr. Jandrich served as Vice President, Human Resources for Link Snacks, Inc., a multinational retail snack producer, where he led human resources functions including talent management and employee relations. From April 2001 to April 2015, Mr. Jandrich was an employee of St. Jude Medical, Inc., and from January 2013 to April 2015 Mr. Jandrich served as its Vice President of Commercial Operations and was responsible for establishing its global sales training program. Mr. Jandrich holds a B.B.A. and M.B.A., both from the University of St. Thomas.
QUAN NI: Vice President, Research
Dr. Ni has over a decade of experience in the medical device industry. Prior to joining Inspire, he led the technology development program of neuromodulation therapy targeting cardiovascular diseases at the Cardiac Rhythm Management Division of Boston Scientific (formerly Guidant Corporation). Dr. Ni also initiated early concepts for implanted sleep apnea solutions at Guidant, and led teams focusing on concept feasibility, business development, technology development, and transfer. Dr. Ni holds 40 granted patents and has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed publications. He has a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Jiantong University in Shanghai, China, an M.S. in Bioengineering from the University of California, San Diego and a Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University of Utah.
JOHN RONDONI: Vice President, Product Development, Operations and Quality
Mr. Rondoni has over 15 years of experience in the development of implantable medical devices. Prior to joining Inspire Medical Systems he worked on central and peripheral neuromodulation therapies at Medtronic, holding technical, project, and therapy leadership positions. At Medtronic, he was the systems engineer responsible for the development and commercial launch of the InterStim II platform. At Inspire, he has served in product, clinical, and business development roles. Mr. Rondoni is an inventor of over 50 US patents; he holds a B.S. and M.Eng. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
KATHY SHERWOOD: 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 (now Acelity). 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 3 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 BS in Mechanical/Industrial Engineering from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and an MBA from the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota.