Board of Directors

Highly Experienced Board Composed
of Industry Leaders

The Directors of AirXpanders bring to the Board relevant expertise and skills, such as industry and business knowledge, as well as financial management and corporate governance expertise.

Barry Cheskin
Co-Founder & Chairman of the Board
Barry is a co-founder of AirXpanders, and is the Chairman of the Board. He was appointed to the Board in December 2006, and is a member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee.

Barry brings more than 25 years of experience, primarily in the general management of medical device enterprises in the US. Currently, Barry is President and CEO of the medical device company PowerVision, Inc.

He is a three-time medical device company CEO, having taken one company public (RITA Medical) and sold another (NanoGram Devices) to its competitor (Wilson Greatbatch) one year into his tenure. RITA Medical developed and marketed a minimally invasive radio frequency ablation device used for cancer treatment. NanoGram Devices developed novel medical batteries based on a proprietary nanomaterials technology, with their first application directed at implantable defibrillators.

He holds degrees in Mechanical Engineering from MIT (BS) and Stanford (MS), as well as an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Frank Grillo
President & CEO
Mr. Grillo is President, CEO and a member of the BOD of AirXpanders. He has over 20 years of experience in the US medical device industry. He previously served for ten years in multiple roles with Boston Scientific Corporation, including Vice President, Marketing for its Women’s Health, Urology/Gynecology Division. Mr. Grillo was then recruited to Kyphon, where he led the marketing organization for its US$400 million US-based business as Vice President, Marketing and Business Development. Mr. Grillo then joined Intuitive Surgical Inc where he was a senior executive responsible for the marketing and business development function for the multi-billion-dollar surgical systems company. As Vice President, Marketing and New Business Development, he directed the company’s marketing strategy and implementation of marketing programs; oversaw all product launches worldwide; and organized and managed initiatives to drive both procedural adoption and sales in numerous surgical specialties while providing oversight for acquisition and licensing activities. Most recently, Mr. Grillo was at MRI Interventions, where he served as President and CEO.

Mr. Grillo holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Tufts University and a Master of Business Administration degree in Marketing, Finance and Operations from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
Dennis Condon
Non-Executive Director
Dennis was appointed a Non-Executive Director in August 2012 and is a member of the Audit and Risk, and Remuneration and Nomination Committees.

Prior to selling the company to a Korean Pharma company in August 2016, Dennis was the CEO and President of Nuvesse Skin Therapies, a venture-backed cosmeceutical skincare company that has launched 12 products into the U.S. medical device market. He was previously the CEO and President of Merz Aesthetics, Inc. (from September 2011 to January 2013), after serving as President and Chief Business Officer from July 2007 and a board member from 2004 to 2007.

Dennis brings 30 years of experience in key executive roles in the plastic surgery market, including serving as the President of Mentor Aesthetics, one of the two largest global breast implant manufacturers.

Dennis currently is a member of two other boards in the aesthetic medical field, Nuvesse Skin Therapies and Suneva Medical.

Dennis has a BS in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Davis.
Elizabeth Hammack
Non-Executive Director
Elizabeth (Liz) was appointed a Non-Executive Director in May 2017 and is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.

Liz has 30 years of experience in senior executive roles in medical device industry manufacturing, global supply chain management, product development and technology development. Between 2000 to December 2015, Liz held several roles at Medtronic. Most recently, she was Vice President of Operations and Manufacturing for the Atrial Fibrillation Solutions business, where she led the global end-to-end supply chain functions for this high growth sector and the successful US product launch and global expansion of the flagship Arctic Front CryoBalloon, for the treatment of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation.

Liz also served as VP of Implantable Manufacturing for Cardiac Rhythm Disease Management with product manufacturing in Switzerland, Puerto Rico, Ireland, Mexico and Minnesota. Prior to this role, she was VP of the Medtronic Energy and Component Center (MECC) in Minneapolis. Liz also led the Vascular Manufacturing Organization, where she developed and executed a manufacturing strategy that resulted in higher quality and lower cost percutaneous coronary balloon angioplasty catheters and metallic stent products.

Before joining Medtronic, Liz held roles in the medical device industry at Advanced Cardiovascular Systems, ACS/Guidant, Conceptus and Heartport. She is currently volunteering as Chair of the Industry Advisory Board for Oregon State University School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering.

Liz holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Oregon State University and completed the Executive Education course in Supply Chain at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Gregory Lichtwardt
Non-Executive Director
Gregory was appointed Non-Executive Director in April 2016, and is the chair of the Audit and Risk Committee.

Gregory most recently held the position of Executive Vice President, Operations and Chief Financial Officer at Accuray, a NASDAQ-listed radiation company that develops, manufactures and sells innovative tumor-treatment solutions. At Accuray, Gregory had responsibility over finance, treasury, investor relations, manufacturing, supply chain and facilities functions.

Gregory was previously a Director at Biolase, Inc., a U.S.-based, NASDAQ-listed medical device company that develops, manufactures, markets and sells laser systems and dental imaging equipment in dentistry. At Biolase, he held the position of Audit Committee Chair and Quality Committee Chair and was a member of the Compensation Committee.

Prior to this, Gregory was the Executive Vice President, Operations and Chief Financial Officer at Conceptus, Inc., a company which designs, develops, and markets minimally invasive devices for reproductive medical applications. During his time at Conceptus, its sales grew from US$8 million to US$141 million and adjusted EBITDA reached 20 percent of sales.

Gregory holds a BBA degree from the University of Michigan and an MBA degree from Michigan State University.
Zita Peach
Non-Executive Director
Zita was appointed Non-Executive Director in April 2016 and is Chairman of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee.

Zita’s most recent executive position was as the Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand and Executive Vice President, South Asia Pacific for Frensenius Kabi, a provider of pharmaceutical products and medical devices to hospitals. She played a key role in the sustained development of the company in the Asia Pacific region, achieving double-digit growth and becoming the fastest growing region, contributing around 30% of total company revenue.

Previously, Zita was Vice President of Business Development at CSL Limited, a top 20 ASX biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and marketing protein therapeutics for serious unmet medical diseases.

In 2015, Zita joined the board of two early stage medical technology companies: 4Dx, a company involved in commercialising four-dimensional lung imaging technology; and Bionic Vision Technology, a developer of visual prostheses for patients with retinal degeneration conditions.

Zita currently serves as a Non-Executive Director of Starpharma Holdings, an ASX300 company and a leader in the development of dendrimer products for pharmaceutical, life science and other applications. She also serves on the board of the Vision Eye Institute, Australia’s leading provider of ophthalmic service

Zita holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Melbourne, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is a Fellow at the Australian Institute of Marketing, and a member of both Women on Boards and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.