Corporate Governance

Board Of Directors

Louis E. Silverman, Chairman of the Board, Chairman of Compensation Committee, Member of Nominating and Governance Committee

Since February 2014, Mr. Silverman has served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of privately held Advanced ICU Care, Inc., a health care services company providing tele-ICU monitoring services to hospitals. From June 2012 through February 2014, Mr. Silverman served as a consultant and Board advisor for private equity investors and others regarding health care technology, healthcare technology source companies, and health care services portfolio investments. From September 2009 through June 2012, Mr. Silverman was Chief Executive Officer of Marina Medical Billing Services, Inc., a revenue cycle management company serving ER physicians nationally. Previously, from September 2008 through August 2009, Mr. Silverman served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Qualcomm-backed health care start-up LifeComm. From August 2000 through August 2008, Mr. Silverman also served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Quality Systems, Inc., a publicly traded developer of medical and dental practice management and patient records software. From 1993 through 2000, he served as Chief Operating Officer of CorVel Corporation, a publicly traded national managed care services/technology company. Mr. Silverman earned a B.A. from Amherst College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Louis E Silverman is an “independent director,” as that term is defined under Rule 5605(a)(2) of the Nasdaq Stock Market.

Chairman of the Board

Chair of the Compensation Committee

Member of the Compensation Committee

Member of the Nominating, Governance Committee

Stephen C. Farrell, Chairman of Audit Committee, Member of Nominating and Governance Committee

Mr. Farrell has served since 2011 as the Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Convey Health Solutions, a private equity sponsored technology-enabled healthcare business process outsourcer. Also, since 2012 he has served as a member of the Board of Directors of BioTime, Inc, a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused in the field of regenerative medicine. From 2008 to 2009, Mr. Farrell served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Stream Global Services, a business process outsourcer. From 1999 to 2007, Mr. Farrell served as President of PolyMedica Corporation, a publicly traded provider of diabetes supplies that was acquired by Medco Health Solutions in 2007. From 2007 to 2014 he served as a member of the Board of Directors of Questcor Pharmaceuticals, a biopharmaceutical company that was acquired by Mallinckrodt plc. Mr. Farrell spent five years as a Senior Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers auditing leading public companies from 1994 to 1999. He received his B.A. from Harvard University and earned an M.B.A. at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. Stephen C. Farrell is an “independent director,” as that term is defined under Rule 5605(a)(2) of the Nasdaq Stock Market.

Financial Expert

Member of the Nominating, Governance Committee

Chair of the Audit Committee

Caren Mason, President and Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Mason was elected to STAAR’s Board of Directors at its 2014 Annual Meeting, and she has served as STAAR’s Chief Executive Officer since March 1, 2015. From 2010 to 2012, Ms. Mason served as Chief Executive Officer of Verinata Health, Inc. (f/k/a Artemis Health, Inc.), a provider of non invasive prenatal genetic sequencing tests for the early identification of fetal chromosomal abnormalities. In February 2013, Verinata was acquired by Illumina. Ms. Mason served as the President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Quidel Corporation from 2004 to 2009, a publicly traded company engaged in the development, manufacturing and marketing of rapid diagnostic solutions at the professional point of care in infectious diseases and reproductive health. Prior to joining Quidel, Ms. Mason provided consultative services from 2003 to 2004 for Eastman Kodak Health Imaging as a result of the sale of MiraMedica to Eastman Kodak. She served as President and Chief Executive Officer for MiraMedica, Inc., an early phase start up developing computer aided detection software for breast cancer, from 2002 through 2003. Prior to her tenure with MiraMedica, Ms. Mason served as Chief Executive Officer of eMed Technologies of Lexington, Massachusetts, a teleradiology and picture archiving and communications systems business. Ms. Mason served as General Manager of the Women’s Healthcare business and as a General Manager in various capacities for the Services business of General Electric Healthcare from 1996 to 2000. Ms. Mason’s additional healthcare experience includes her tenure with Bayer AG/AGFA from 1989 to 1996 where she last held the positions of Senior Vice President for Bayer Corporate Health Care and Senior Vice President for the AGFA Technical Imaging Business Group. Ms. Mason began her career in healthcare with American Hospital Supply/Baxter Healthcare in sales, marketing and managerial roles from 1977 through 1988. Ms. Mason received her B.A. from Indiana University. Ms. Mason’s prior corporate governance experience includes both private and public boards with Verinata Health, eMed Technologies, MiraMedica and Quidel Corporation. She currently serves as a director of HealthTell, an early stage life sciences company, and also on the Advisory Board for InDevR, Inc., a biotechnology company developing diagnostic and vaccine technologies.

Vice-Chair of the Board

John C. Moore, Member of Audit Committee and Compensation Committee

From December 2012 through March 2016, Mr. Moore served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Optovue, Inc., an ophthalmic medical device company and he remains an Optovue director. Since May 2014 Mr. Moore has also served as Chief Technical Officer of TearSolutions, L.L.C., a company focused on a natural replacement therapy for dry eyes. Between April 2005 and January 2007, Mr. Moore served as Chief Executive Officer of Notal Vision, an Israel based ophthalmic company that develops diagnostic solutions for the early detection and monitoring of age related macular degeneration (AMD). Mr. Moore served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Laser Diagnostic Technologies, a manufacturer of ophthalmic diagnostic laser devices used for the early detection of glaucoma, from 2000 until 2004 when it was acquired by Carl Zeiss Meditec, Inc. Before this, Mr. Moore was a vice president at Alcon Laboratories, one of the largest companies in the ophthalmic surgical sector, where he was responsible for pursuing and executing strategic acquisitions and partnerships to broaden that company’s product portfolio. Mr. Moore also spent more than 10 years in various roles at Carl Zeiss, Inc., a multinational ophthalmic company with primary businesses in optics, medical, scientific and semiconductor products. Mr. Moore received his B.S. in General Science from University of Rochester. John C. Moore is an “independent director,” as that term is defined under Rule 5605(a)(2) of the Nasdaq Stock Market.

Independent Director

Member of the Compensation Committee

Member of the Audit Committee

William P. Wall, Chairman of Nominating and Governance Committee, Member of Compensation and Audit Committee

Mr. William P. Wall is the managing member of Ottauquechee Partners, LLC, a private investment firm located in Lexington, MA. Mr. Wall has served as a Director of Haynes International (NASDAQ:HAYN) since 2004 and is the Chairman of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee and a member of the Audit Committee. Mr. Wall is also a member of the Board of Directors of Altisource Residential Corporation (NYSE:RESI), where he serves as Chairman of the Nominating and Governance Committee and a member of the Compensation Committee and Audit Committee. From February 2006 until June 2015, Mr. Wall served as general counsel of Abrams Capital Management, LLC, a value-oriented investment firm headquartered in Boston. Prior to joining Abrams Capital, Mr. Wall was a partner at a hedge fund for two years and was employed with Fidelity Investments for seven years, concluding as a Managing Director in its private investment group. Mr. Wall began his career as an Associate at the law firm of Ropes & Gray. Previously, Mr. Wall served as a director of various Abrams Capital and Fidelity portfolio companies, including Prime Motor Group, Nations Equipment Finance, Arena Brands, The Strober Organization and Eightfold Capital Management. Mr. Wall received his B.A. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and a M.P.A. and J.D. from Harvard University. Mr. Wall is an “independent director,” as that term is defined under Rule 5605(a)(2) of the Nasdaq Stock Market.

Financial Expert

Independent Director

Member of the Compensation Committee

Chair of the Nominating, Governance Committee

Member of the Nominating, Governance Committee

Member of the Audit Committee

Corporate Officers

Caren Mason, President and Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Mason was elected to STAAR’s Board of Directors at its 2014 Annual Meeting, and she has served as STAAR’s Chief Executive Officer since March 1, 2015. From 2010 to 2012, Ms. Mason served as Chief Executive Officer of Verinata Health, Inc. (f/k/a Artemis Health, Inc.), a provider of non invasive prenatal genetic sequencing tests for the early identification of fetal chromosomal abnormalities. In February 2013, Verinata was acquired by Illumina. Ms. Mason served as the President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Quidel Corporation from 2004 to 2009, a publicly traded company engaged in the development, manufacturing and marketing of rapid diagnostic solutions at the professional point of care in infectious diseases and reproductive health. Prior to joining Quidel, Ms. Mason provided consultative services from 2003 to 2004 for Eastman Kodak Health Imaging as a result of the sale of MiraMedica to Eastman Kodak. She served as President and Chief Executive Officer for MiraMedica, Inc., an early phase start up developing computer aided detection software for breast cancer, from 2002 through 2003. Prior to her tenure with MiraMedica, Ms. Mason served as Chief Executive Officer of eMed Technologies of Lexington, Massachusetts, a teleradiology and picture archiving and communications systems business. Ms. Mason served as General Manager of the Women’s Healthcare business and as a General Manager in various capacities for the Services business of General Electric Healthcare from 1996 to 2000. Ms. Mason’s additional healthcare experience includes her tenure with Bayer AG/AGFA from 1989 to 1996 where she last held the positions of Senior Vice President for Bayer Corporate Health Care and Senior Vice President for the AGFA Technical Imaging Business Group. Ms. Mason began her career in healthcare with American Hospital Supply/Baxter Healthcare in sales, marketing and managerial roles from 1977 through 1988. Ms. Mason received her B.A. from Indiana University. Ms. Mason’s prior corporate governance experience includes both private and public boards with Verinata Health, eMed Technologies, MiraMedica and Quidel Corporation. She currently serves as a director of HealthTell, an early stage life sciences company, and also on the Advisory Board for InDevR, Inc., a biotechnology company developing diagnostic and vaccine technologies.

Deborah Andrews, Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Andrews was named Interim Chief Financial Officer on April 5, 2017. Ms. Andrews has served as Chief Accounting Officer since September 2013 and prior to that, from August 2005 to September 2013 she served as STAAR’s Vice President, Chief Financial Officer. She has been employed by STAAR since 1995, serving as Principal Financial Officer from April 2005 to August 2005, Global Controller from 2001 to 2005, Vice President, Finance, of STAAR Surgical AG (Switzerland) from 1999 to 2001, and Assistant Controller from 1995 to 1999. She previously served as an internal auditor for Bourns, Inc., a maker of electronic components, from 1994 to 1995, and an auditor for KPMG Peat Marwick from 1991 to 1994. Since April 2014 she has served on the Board of Directors and Audit and Compensation Committees of BioTime, Inc., a publicly held biotechnology company focused on the emerging field of regenerative medicine. Ms. Andrews earned her B.S. in Accounting from California State University, San Bernardino.

Scott Barnes, Dr , Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Scott Barnes joined STAAR in October 2017 as Chief Medical Officer.

Dr. Barnes comes to STAAR after a distinguished 30-year career with the military, retiring at the rank of Colonel. Since 2004, Dr. Barnes has served as Chief of Ophthalmology Services, Womack Army Medical Center, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Soon after he joined Womack, he was asked to serve as the theater ophthalmology consultant and surgeon in Iraq and Afghanistan during 2005. In 2006, he returned to Womack as Chief of Refractive Surgery and helped to establish the use of ICLs in the Army. In 2008, Colonel Barnes was awarded the Army Surgeon General's A designator, similar to the level of professor at a civilian institution. Dr. Barnes began his medical career in 1986 as a research assistant in the Department of Genetics, Harvard Medical School/Children's Hospital in Boston and in 1991 became a general surgery intern at William Beaumont Army Medical Center. He went on to become a Special Forces (“Green Beret”) Battalion and Group Surgeon as well as the Deputy Surgeon for the US Army Special Operations Command. He completed an ophthalmology residency at the Wilford Hall/Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas in 1998. Colonel Barnes held numerous ophthalmology positions at a number of military bases and was asked to serve as the Deputy Commander for Clinical Services for all combat trauma, medical, veterinary, and dental care in Afghanistan during a 13-month deployment in 2011-2012. Under Colonel Barnes’ direction at Fort Bragg, more than 3,000 ICLs have been implanted in the eyes of our nation's servicemen and women. Dr. Barnes has given more than 200 presentations and lectures as well as led over 30 ophthalmology or refractive surgery research projects. He has been awarded Speaker of the Day at the Royal Hawaiian Eye Meeting ten times as well as numerous other awards and honors at industry meetings.

In addition to earning his Bachelor of Arts degree from Wheaton College, and his doctorate degree from Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago, Dr. Barnes' post-doctoral training includes a Cornea Fellowship at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary/Harvard Medical School in Boston.

Hans-Martin Blickensdoerfer, Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations Europe and China

Mr. Blickensdoerfer, who joined STAAR in January 2005, has over 20 years’ experience in the ophthalmic device industry. Initially, he served as STAAR’s Vice President, International Marketing, then from 2011-2015 he served as President, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America. Prior to joining STAAR, Mr. Blickensdoerfer served from January 2003 through December 2004 as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Milvella Ltd., an Australia based medical device maker, where his duties included both regional and worldwide business planning, product launches and management of European clinical studies. He worked from 2000 through 2002 for Novartis CIBA Vision, an ophthalmic surgical company, as the Commercial Director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Between 1997 and early 2000 he worked for the Ophthalmic Surgical Division of Bausch & Lomb, Inc. as its Area Sales Manager for Central and Eastern Europe. Prior to that time he worked in sales and product management positions in the Ophthalmic Surgical Division of Chiron Vision and at Chiron Adatomed GmbH. Mr. Blickensdoerfer received his diploma in Marketing and International Management from the University of Mannheim in Germany. He is based in our Nidau, Switzerland facility.

James Francese, Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations North America and APAC

Mr. Francese has 22 years of experience in ophthalmology, including 14 years marketing surgical products with Abbott Medical Optics (AMO), formerly Advanced Medical Optics and Allergan. During his time at AMO from 1990 to 2012, Mr. Francese held several positions of executive level responsibilities, including Head of Marketing, Americas for all surgical, refractive and corneal products, Head of Global Corneal Marketing responsible for all consumer products, and V.P. of Asia Pacific Region where he had full financial responsibility for cataract and refractive product lines during his tenure. He received his B.S. from Cornell University, M.S. from the University of Washington and M.B.A. from the University of Southern California.

Samuel J. Gesten, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary

Mr. Gesten has served as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary since April 2012, and Vice President of Business Development since May 2014. From 2009 through 2011, he served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and as a member of the Executive Committee of Allergan, Inc. Prior to that, he spent 11 years at Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. in a variety of positions, including General Counsel and Assistant Secretary of the Laboratory Products Group and Vice President, Deputy General Counsel. Prior to his work at Thermo Fisher, Mr. Gesten spent 11 years practicing law. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Brandeis University and a J.D. from Boston University.

William Goodmen, Vice President, Global Human Resources

Mr. Goodmen joined STAAR in August 2010. Prior to joining STAAR, he served as Vice President, Business Development for Neovia Integrated Insurance Services, a healthcare brokerage firm, from 2009 to 2010. His prior experience also includes seven years at THQ, Inc., a developer of interactive entertainment software where he served as Executive Vice President of Human Resources and Administration from 2002 to 2009. During this time period, he was responsible for all Human Resources and general administrative functions worldwide. Additional experience includes senior management positions in Human Resources at Liberty Livewire and in executive search with Spencer Stuart. He began his human resources career at Atlantic Richfield Co., a Fortune 500 energy company, where he spent 18 years. Mr. Goodmen earned a B.A. from Colgate University and a M.S. from Syracuse University.

Graydon Hansen, Senior Vice President, Global Operations

Jon K. Hayashida, Vice President, Global Clinical and Medical Affairs

Dr. Jon K. Hayashida joined STAAR in July 2015 as Vice President of Global Clinical and Medical Affairs. Over the past 30 years, Dr. Hayashida's professional career includes experience in corporate eye care, ophthalmic start-up companies and direct patient care. From 2010 to 2013 he held the position of Vice President of Clinical and Medical Affairs for Bausch and Lomb, Surgical, where he gained FDA approvals for both the Glistening-free enVista Hydrophobic Acrylic IOL and PMA approval for the Trulign Toric Accommodating IOL. He also held Clinical Affairs leadership and research positions with Cooper Vision and Allergan. His Ophthalmic start-up company experience includes Vice President Clinical Affairs for Wavetec Vision, Transcend Medical and Refractec where he directed, planned and executed successful FDA PMA approvals. Dr. Hayashida has served as a clinical care specialist at the UCLA Laser Refractive Center, Jules Stein Institute, UCLA School of Medicine. Most recently, from 2013 to 2015, he served as Vice President of Programs and Services for the Braille Institute of America. He earned his Bachelor of Science and Doctorate of Optometry from Southern California College of Optometry. Dr. Hayashida is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a Diplomate in its Cornea and Contact Lens and Refractive Technologies Section.

Keith Holliday, Chief Technology Officer

Dr. Keith Holliday joined STAAR in August 2015 as Vice President of Research and Development. Dr. Holliday’s twenty years’ experience leading teams of scientists, engineers and clinicians have resulted in new products, new materials and new clinical methodologies that have significantly advanced ophthalmic care in refractive surgery. Dr. Holliday holds patents in excimer laser beam detection, control and profiling, and methods to correct presbyopia that synergistically take into account the epithelium’s response to corneal inlays, and has also authored 37 peer reviewed publications in the scientific literature plus two book chapters and one single-authored book. From 2007 to his arrival at STAAR, he served as Vice President, Research and Development at ReVision Optics where he oversaw the development of their corneal inlay technology that includes a hydrogel inlay for presbyopia correction, delivery devices and clinical methodologies as well as managing first-in-man clinical studies. Previously, he was Director of Laser Technology at Advanced Medical Optics (AMO) and Staff Laser Scientist at VISX. Prior to joining VISX, Dr. Holliday worked primarily in academia. He obtained his first degree in Physics and Electronics from the University of Saint Andrews in Scotland and a Ph.D. from the Laser Physics Centre at the Australian National University. He spent three years at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, where he was primarily involved with the utilization of optically active polymers and crystals, to develop materials and techniques for very high density, holographic optical storage and computational systems. He is considered an expert on presbyopia and served as conference chair in 2014 for the International Society of Presbyopia and continues as a committee member.

Denise McEachern, Global Head of Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance

Ms. McEachern has served as Global Head of Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance since December 2014. Previously, she served as Vice President Global Regulatory Affairs at Bausch & Lomb, Inc. from 2008 through 2013. Before that, she served in a variety of Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance senior management roles at Vistakon and LifeScan, Inc., Johnson and Johnson subsidiaries, from 1992 through 2008. McEachern is RAC certified, and was inducted as a Fellow in the Regulatory Affairs Professional Society in 2013. She earned an Executive Juris Doctor from Concord Law School in 2011, and received a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Washington College in 1980.

Philippe Subrin, Vice President, Collamer Lens Manufacturing and General Manager, Nidau Operations

Mr. Subrin joined STAAR Surgical AG, our subsidiary in Nidau, Switzerland in January 2002 and served as Vice President, Switzerland Operations. He moved to the Monrovia facility in July 2014 and is responsible for ICL Manufacturing. Previously, he has held senior manufacturing positions at Bausch & Lomb, one of the largest surgical ophthalmic companies, and Domilens in France. In 1995, he was Manufacturing Manager at Bausch & Lomb in Lyons, France and responsible for the company’s intraocular lens (IOL) manufacturing line. While working at Bausch & Lomb in Florida, Philippe focused on process improvements and development for their 3 piece silicone IOL. Mr. Subrin earned a degree in Optometry from the University of Morez in France and also a degree in Engineering and Operational Management from the University of Lyon in Lyon, France.

Committee Composition

Below is a summary of our committee structure and membership information. To read more about any of the committees, click on committee names in the chart below.

All of the directors listed in the chart are independent directors under the rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Nasdaq Marketplace Rules, with the exception of Caren Mason, who serves as STAAR’s President and Chief Executive Officer.

Committee Charters

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