Mr. Gladney has served as President and Chief Executive Officer since November 2015, and Chairman of the Board of Directors since October 2016. Mr. Gladney joined the Company in November 2015 as President-elect and a member of the board of directors. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Gladney served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lanx, Inc., a medical device company focused on developing and commercializing innovative devices for spinal surgery. Prior to joining Lanx, Inc., Mr. Gladney was a Healthcare Operating Partner at Norwest Equity Partners (NEP), where he was responsible for strategic planning, business growth, and corporate governance for NEP portfolio companies, and executing new investment opportunities for the firm. Prior to joining NEP, Mr. Gladney served as President and Chief Executive Officer of several medical device companies including Heart Leaflet Technologies and ACIST Medical Systems, both of which were acquired by The Bracco Group. He also served as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Complex Technologies, a publicly traded orthopedic and health and wellness electro therapy company. Mr. Gladney currently serves on the Board of Directors of ARIA CV, Inc. and has been a member of a number of other private and public company boards. After the sale of Lanx, Inc., he acted as a private investor and small business consultant.
Mr. Youngstrom is the Senior Vice President, Finance and has served as Chief Financial Officer since October 2016. Mr. Youngstrom has over 25 years of strategic financial and operational experience in a variety of medical device companies, most recently having served as Chief Financial Officer and Vice President, Finance at Galil Medical, a leading developer of cryotherapy technology. Prior to Galil Medical, Mr. Youngstrom served as Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Financial Officer at DGIMED Ortho, Inc., a developer of orthopedic medical devices. Mr. Youngstrom has previously served as Chief Financial Officer and Vice President, Finance with Anulex Technologies, Enpath Medical, Compex Technologies, Acist Medical Systems, and Cardiotronics.
Dr. Nihalani has served as Chief Technology Officer since May 2017, immediately following the Company’s acquisition of BarioSurg, Inc. From August 2008 to May 2017, Dr. Nihalani served as the Chief Executive Officer of BarioSurg, Inc., a privately held medical device company that developed a minimally invasive and reversible device to treat obesity and glycemic control. Dr. Nihalani holds a medical degree from the University of Nagpur, India.
Mr. Ansari joined the Company as Senior Vice President of Sales in January 2016. Since the acquisition of ReShape Medical, Inc. in October 2017, Mr. Ansari has assumed the position of Vice President of International Sales and US Veterans Administration Hospitals. Mr. Ansari has over 20 years of experience in the medical device industry, having held various senior sales positions at Stryker Corporation, DePuy, Medtronic, Inc., Lanx, Inc., and Globus Medical, Inc. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Ansari spent two years as the owner of an independent distributor solely selling Biomet products. Prior to this, he served as Senior Vice President of Sales at Lanx, Inc.
Ms. Schmalz has served as Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, Clinical Research, and Compliance since October 2017. Ms. Schmalz has over 25 years of executive leadership experience in medical device regulatory affairs, clinical research, compliance, and reimbursement. Ms. Schmalz served as a member of the executive team for Empi, Inc., Vascular Solutions, Entellus Medical, Veniti, and most recently served as Senior Director and Executive Director of the Medical Device Division of Medpace from May 2013 to October 2017.
Mr. Shah joined the Company as Vice President of Operations and R&D in February 2018. With more than 18 years of experience in medical device manufacturing management, global supply chain, and information technology, he brings the business and technical requirements needed to ensure effective leadership and management. Prior to joining ReShape Lifesciences, Mr. Shah served as Vice President of Manufacturing and Operations at Presbia, where he oversaw global operations and manufacturing for optical medical device products, established the company’s manufacturing facility, and developed OEM overseas manufacturing. He has also held positions as Director of Manufacturing/Supply Chain for BiovisionAG/Visitome, Global Planning System Analyst at CooperVision, and Operations/IT Manager for Ocular Sciences.