J. Patrick Mackin
Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer
J. Patrick Mackin has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of CryoLife since September 2014. He was appointed to the CryoLife Board in October 2014, and 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, he 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, he 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.
Vice President, Research & Development
General Manager, JOTEC
Peter Barthold is Vice President of Research and Development for CryoLife and General manager of JOTEC GmbH in Hechingen, Germany. Peter has 24 years of experience in the medical device business. Prior to the acquisition, he spent 17 years at JOTEC and gained vast experience developing and launching over a dozen new product lines, including both endografts and conventional grafts. He began his career in various R&D project managing roles in Gambro and the Institut fuer Angewandte Forschung in Reutlingen, Germany. Peter has an Engineering Degree in Chemistry of Synthetic Materials from Reutlingen University.
Scott B. Capps
Vice President, Clinical Research
Scott B. Capps was appointed to the position of Vice President, Clinical Research in November 2007. Prior to this position, Scott 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. Scott 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.
Senior Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing
John Davis is Senior Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing. John has over 25 years of experience in sales and marketing leadership roles. Prior to joining CryoLife, John served as Executive Vice President Global Sales and Marketing at CorMatrix Cardiovascular. Prior to CorMatrix he served as Region Vice President in the Cardiac Rhythm Disease Management division at St. Jude Medical.
Among his significant previous positions, John spent 14 years at Medtronic. While at Medtronic, he served the Cardiac Rhythm Disease Management team, including six years as Vice President of the Southeast Region. John received several Medtronic awards including the President’s Club Award as Sales Representative and District Manager. He won the National Region of the Year while serving as Vice President. John received Medtronic’s Star of Excellence Award for his work in field force sizing and deployment. The Star of excellence is Medtronic's highest recognition for quality and innovation.
John received a bachelor’s degree from Western Carolina University.
Vice President, Human Resources
Matthew Getz joined CryoLife in August 2019 as Vice President, Human Resources. Matt brings more than 25 years of human resources leadership experience in media, banking, and technology industries, and will oversee the company’s global human resources practice and strategy. Prior to joining CryoLife, he served as the Chief Human Resources Officer of Encompass Digital Media, and has held senior human resources roles at SunTrust Bank, Xiocom Wireless, Earthlink and BlessingWhite. Matt holds an MBA with a concentration in organizational management and international business from Georgia State University and a BBA in accounting from Mercer University.
Jean F. Holloway, Esq.
Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary
Jean F. Holloway, Esq., is Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer, and Corporate 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./MBA (cum laude) from the University of Chicago, and two undergraduate degrees from Yale University in engineering and political science.
Amy D. Horton, CPA
Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer
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. She received her Bachelor of Science and master’s degrees in Accounting from Brigham Young University.
D. Ashley Lee, CPA
Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Financial Officer
D. Ashley Lee, CPA has served as Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Financial Officer since November 2004. Ashley 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 from December 1994 until April 2000. Previously, Ashley served as the Assistant Director of Finance for Compass Retail, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Equitable Real Estate, and was employed as a certified public accountant with Ernst & Young, LLP. Ashley received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Mississippi.
Vice President, Operations
Dennis Maier joined CryoLife in July 2017 as Vice President of Kennesaw Operations. Dennis has more than 15 years in the medical device industry. Prior to joining CryoLife, he served as the Senior Director of Baxter Healthcare’s direct material global purchasing and supplier management team. He also served as Vice President of Global Sourcing for Hill-Rom, where he led several cost savings initiatives and helped integrate several acquisitions. Prior to that, he spent five years with Medtronic leading several Cardiac Rhythm Disease Management (CRDM) manufacturing operations, as well as serving as Director of CRDM Global Commodity management. Dennis also spent eight years with Abbott Vascular and Boston Scientific (both former Guidant Corporation businesses) in a variety of manufacturing, sourcing, and quality control roles which included managing the Xience V catheter manufacturing operation in Temecula, CA, the Coronary Implants operation in Clonmel, Ireland, and Boston Scientific’s Contract manufacturing group in St. Paul, MN. Prior to entering the medical device industry, Dennis worked briefly for Ford Motor Company and served six years as an officer in the U.S Army. He received an MBA from the Krannert Graduate School of Management at Purdue University and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
William F. Northrup III, MD
Vice President, Physician Relations and Education
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 Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN, 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.
Michael S. Simpson
Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance
Michael S. Simpson was appointed Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance in December 2018. He has over 25 years of experience in the medical device industry. Prior to joining CryoLife, Mike served as Vice President, Regulatory and Clinical Affairs for Becton Dickinson Urology and Critical Care (legacy Bard). Other prior significant roles included Vice President, Quality and Regulatory Affairs for Beckman Coulter Life Sciences (operating company of Danaher Corporation), Vice President, Quality/Regulatory/Clinical Affairs and Compliance Officer for Exactech, Inc., and multiple leadership roles in product development and quality engineering at Novoste Corporation. Mike received Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.