Executive Team

James P. Mackin

J. Patrick Mackin

Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer, CryoLife, Inc.
Kennesaw, Georgia

J. Patrick Mackin
assumed the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of CryoLife in September 2014, he was appointed to the CryoLife Board in October 2014, and he was appointed Chairman of the Board in April 2015. Mr. Mackin has more than 20 years of experience in the medical device industry. Prior to joining CryoLife, Mr. Mackin served as President of Cardiac Rhythm Disease Management, the largest operating division of Medtronic, Inc., from August 2007 to August 2014. At Medtronic, he previously held the positions of Vice President, Vascular, Western Europe and Vice President and General Manager, Endovascular Business Unit. Prior to joining Medtronic in 2002, Mr. Mackin worked for six years at Genzyme, Inc. serving as Senior Vice President and General Manager for the Cardiovascular Surgery Business Unit and as Director of Sales, Surgical Products division. Before joining Genzyme, Mr. Mackin spent five years at Deknatel/Snowden-Pencer, Inc. in various sales and marketing roles and three years as an Officer in the U.S. Army. Mr. Mackin received an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

 

Bruce G. Anderson

Bruce G. Anderson

Vice President, U.S. Sales and Global Marketing, CryoLife, Inc.
Kennesaw, Georgia

Bruce G. Anderson
was appointed to the position of Vice President, U.S. Sales and Global Marketing in October 2014. Mr. Anderson joined the Company in May 1994 as a sales representative in Nashville, TN. During his time at the Company he has served as Vice President and Senior Director of US Sales and Marketing from June 2007 until October 2014, a Director of U.S. Sales from November 2002 until June 2007, Director of Global Cardiovascular Marketing from April 2001 until November 2002, and Product Manager and then Senior Product Manager for Cardiac Technologies from January 1997 until April 2001. Mr. Anderson is responsible for developing and implementing the Company's domestic sales and marketing plans and supervising all donor service, customer service, shipping and marketing communication activities. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Anderson was a Sales Accounting Specialist and then Account Executive at Dun & Bradstreet for four years. Mr. Anderson received his B.A. from the University of South Florida.

 

Scott B. Capps

Scott B. Capps

Vice President of Clinical Research, CryoLife, Inc.
Kennesaw, Georgia

Scott B. Capps
was appointed to the position of Vice President of Clinical Research in November 2007. Prior to this position, Mr. Capps served as Vice President, General Manager of CryoLife Europa, Ltd. in the United Kingdom from February 2005 to November 2007 and Director, European Clinical Affairs from April 2003 to January 2005. Mr. Capps joined CryoLife in 1995 as Project Engineer for the allograft heart valve program, and was promoted to Director, Clinical Research in 1999. He is responsible for overseeing and implementing clinical trials to achieve FDA and International approval of CryoLife’s medical products. He received his Bachelor of Industrial Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and his M.S. in Bioengineering from Clemson University.

 

David C. Gale, Ph.D.

David C. Gale, Ph.D.

Vice President, Research and Development, CryoLife, Inc.
Kennesaw, Georgia

David C. Gale, Ph.D.
has served as Vice President, Research and Development since January 2012. Dr. Gale joined the Company in August 2009 as the Director, Biomaterials and Product Development. He was promoted to Senior Director, Biomaterials and Device Engineering in April 2011. Prior to joining CryoLife, Dr. Gale was with Sinexus, Inc., a start-up medical device company, from January 2007 to August 2009. He joined Sinexus as their Vice President of Research and was promoted to the position of Vice President, Research and Development in July 2007. Dr. Gale has 19 years of experience in biomaterials and medical device product research and development including roles at Abbott Vascular and Guidant Corporation. Dr. Gale is the inventor or co-inventor on over 90 issued U.S. patents related to the design and manufacture of medical devices. He received his Ph.D. in Materials Science from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, his M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Auburn University and has received both an M.Sc. in Instrumentation and Analysis and a B.Sc. in Chemistry from Manchester University in the U.K.

 

Richard C. Gridley II

Richard C. Gridley II

Vice President of Canada, Asia Pacific & the Americas and GM of CryoLife Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd.
Singapore, Singapore

Richard C. Gridley II
is Vice President of Canada, Asia Pacific & the Americas and GM of CryoLife Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. Rich joined the company in 2005 and has served in various positions within the sales and marketing areas. He was promoted to Vice President in 2008 and assigned as GM of CryoLife Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. in 2014 based in Singapore. Rich has over 20 years of experience in sales and marketing. Prior to joining the company, he held various positions at 3M Company, Global Link Logistics and Teleflex Medical. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Winthrop University in 1994.

 

David N. Hollinworth, Ph.D.

David N. Hollinworth, Ph.D.

Vice President and General Manager of CryoLife Europa, Ltd.
Guildford, UK

David N. Hollinworth, Ph.D.
is Vice President and General Manager of CryoLife Europa, Ltd. David has specialized in the marketing and development of implantable medical devices for eleven years. Prior to joining CryoLife in 2007, David was the CEO of Chameleon BioSurfaces, a start-up cardiology company. He worked with Medtronic from 1997 to 2003, first as the U.K. Marketing Manager and then as the European Development Manager. David holds a M.B.A from the London Business School and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Bristol in the U.K.

 

Jean F. Holloway, Esq.

Jean F. Holloway, Esq.

Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, CryoLife, Inc.
Kennesaw, Georgia

Jean F. Holloway, Esq.
is Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary. Prior to joining CryoLife in 2015, she held various positions, including Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of C.R. Bard, Inc., Deputy General Counsel, Medtronic, Inc., Vice President, Litigation, Boston Scientific, Inc., and Deputy General Counsel, Guidant Corporation. Jean also spent nearly 15 years in private practice as a trial lawyer at Dorsey & Whitney, Faegre & Benson and Sidley & Austin. She clerked for two years on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals for the Honorable Luther M. Swygert. Jean has a J.D./M.B.A. (cum laude) from the University of Chicago, and two undergraduate degrees from Yale University in engineering and political science.

 

Amy D. Horton, CPA

Amy D. Horton, CPA

Chief Accounting Officer, CryoLife, Inc.
Kennesaw, Georgia

Amy D. Horton, CPA
has served as Chief Accounting Officer of CryoLife since 2006. She has been with the Company since January 1998, serving as Controller from April of 2000 to August 2006 and as Assistant Controller prior to that. From 1993 to 1998, Amy was employed as a Certified Public Accountant with Ernst & Young, LLP. She received her B.S and Master’s degrees in Accounting from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

 

David P. Lang

David P. Lang

Senior Vice President, International Sales and Marketing, CryoLife, Inc.
Kennesaw, Georgia

David P. Lang
has served as Senior Vice President, International Sales and Marketing since December 2012 and has been with the Company since October 2010 as Vice President, Market Development. Mr. Lang is responsible for developing and implementing the Company's international sales and marketing plans. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Lang was President and then consultant to Starch Medical, Inc. from 2008 to 2010. From July 2007 until February 2008 he was Director, International Sales of Medafor, Inc. From July 2001 until June 2007 he was Vice President, International Sales of Medafor, Inc. He has over 40 years of experience in international medical device sales and marketing, principally beginning as Director of Marketing for Medtronic Europe. His senior management positions included four resident assignments in Paris, Munich, and Shanghai. He was founder of the first Sino-American medical electronics joint venture in China in 1985. Mr. Lang received a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University.

 

D. Ashley Lee, CPA

D. Ashley Lee, CPA

Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Financial Officer, CryoLife, Inc.
Kennesaw, Georgia

D. Ashley Lee, CPA
has served as Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Financial Officer since November 2004. Mr. Lee has been with the Company since December 1994 serving as Vice President of Finance, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer from December 2002 to November 2004; as Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer from April 2000 to December 2002; and as Controller of the Company from December 1994 until April 2000. From 1993 to 1994, Mr. Lee served as the Assistant Director of Finance for Compass Retail, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Equitable Real Estate. From 1987 to 1993, Mr. Lee was employed as a certified public accountant with Ernst & Young, LLP. Mr. Lee received his B.S. in Accounting from the University of Mississippi.

 

William R. Matthews

William R. Matthews

Senior Vice President of Operations, Quality, and Regulatory, CryoLife, Inc.
Kennesaw, Georgia

William R. Matthews
– is the Senior Vice President of Operations, Quality, and Regulatory. Bill joined CryoLife in May of 2015. Before joining CryoLife, he was the Managing Partner at BioDevice Solutions, a Medical device consultancy firm, where he served as a Senior Operations, Quality, and Regulatory Consultant, recognized for his experience in FDA compliance, manufacturing, new technology start-ups, and product submissions. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Government Affairs and Quality Systems for Cardinal Health’s Viasys Healthcare, Executive Vice President of Operations, Regulatory Affairs, and Quality Systems at Xylum Corporation, and the Corporate Director of Regulatory, Quality, Manufacturing, and Engineering at Fresenius Medical Care (formerly Grace National Medical Care division). Bill obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from St. Peter’s University and also attended the Business Administration Programs at Rutgers University and Fairleigh Dickinson University.

 

William F. Northrup III, MD

William F. Northrup III, MD

Vice President of Physician Relations and Education, CryoLife, Inc.
Kennesaw, Georgia

William F. Northrup III, MD
is Vice President of Physician Relations and Education. Prior to joining the company in 2008, he spent nearly three decades in clinical practice in Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota primarily focused on heart valve and aortic root reconstruction. At CryoLife, he has expanded the use of biological simulators to provide high level education in aortic valve and root anatomy and surgery and dialysis access surgery through Aortic Allograft Workshops, Ross Summits, Central Vein Pathology Summits and focused Aortic Valve and Root Boot Camps specifically for cardiac surgical residents. He has accepted faculty invitations for lectures and workshops at numerous academic institutions and professional societies. Dr. Northrup received his MD from the University of Southern California and his General and Thoracic Surgical Residency training at the University of Minnesota. He is a member of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, Society of Thoracic Surgeons, International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery, American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, Heart Valve Society and the Vascular Access Society of the Americas.