SynCardia Executive Officers
President & CEO
Michael Garippa is the former CEO and President of TandemHeart. He was recruited by TandemHeart in 2002 as a turnaround expert and stayed on as CEO and President. He took TandemHeart from an R&D firm that had lost an aggregate of $50 million and had no commercial sales to a successful company with over $6 million in net income in the 24 months prior to joining SynCardia.
Prior to joining TandemHeart, Mr. Garippa served as CEO and President of Gateway Home Care. In addition, Mr. Garippa was Founder and CEO of Millennium HomeCare and The Prompt Care Companies. His background also includes being National Sales Manager at Omni Medical and Senior Analyst with the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation. Mr. Garippa holds a BA degree from Rutgers University and a master's degree from New York University.
SVP, Quality and Regulatory Affairs
Carole E. Marcot, Esq. is Vice President of Quality and Regulatory Affairs for SynCardia, responsible for quality engineering, regulatory compliance, domestic and international regulatory affairs, quality systems and clinical affairs. Ms. Marcot joined SynCardia from Ventana Medical Systems, Inc., a manufacturer of in vitro diagnostic products, where she served as Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Quality Systems. Prior to Ventana, she held similar positions with Impulse Dynamics, Inc., manufacturer of innovative implantable devices for heart failure, and CardioGenesis, Inc., manufacturer of unique devices for coronary artery disease. Her previous experience includes positions with Baxter Healthcare Corporation, Tokos Medical Corporation and Intermedics, Inc. She has taught Food, Drug and Cosmetic Law as an adjunct professor and served as founder and corporate secretary of a privately held company specializing in clinical trials. Ms. Marcot received a BA degree in biology from the College of St. Elizabeth and an MBA from the University of California, Irvine. She holds a Juris Doctorate from Western State University College of Law and is an active member of the California State Bar.
Mary Pat Sloan
SVP, Global Certification and Logistics
Mary Pat Sloan was with AlphaGraphics Printshops of the Future for 25 years. She started the domestic and international franchise programs, including setting up and conducting training classes, as well as developing the curriculum and authoring the operating manuals. She was Managing Director of the AlphaGraphics Master Licensee for the former Soviet Union and lived in Russia for five years and Cyprus for two years.
She has an MBA in international management from Thunderbird, 1977. She also has a BS degree in political science from the University of Arizona, 1976. Ms. Sloan was most recently with Invacare Corporation, a home medical device company in Elyria, Ohio, that makes custom wheelchairs and portable oxygen. She has been with SynCardia since December 2005.
Paul Zaman leads the finance and accounting team at SynCardia and brings more than 11 years of experience in financial services. Over the last five years, he has held significant financial planning & analysis (FP&A) roles in both SynCardia and Springleaf Financial Services (currently OneMain Financial). Mr. Zaman has led his FP&A teams on several private equity raises totaling over $20 million as well as helping to secure multiple debt instruments of over $30 million in his career. Recently, Mr. Zaman has led his team through an asset purchase and acquisition of the company by Versa Capital Management, LLC. Mr. Zaman received a BS degree in finance from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2005 and an MBA from the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona in 2011.
VP, Manufacturing and Facilities
A licensed professional engineer (PE) and Six Sigma Black Belt, Bill Watson has more than 20 years of experience leading engineering, quality and manufacturing operations. Prior to joining SynCardia, he served as Director of Operations at Spectral Instruments, a critical supplier of CCD vision systems to Roche, Siemens and Perkin Elmer’s medical imaging and diagnostic divisions. His history includes service in engineering and operations management roles at Orbital Sciences Corporation and BFGoodrich Aerospace, and several years of experience managing an early stage, venture capital fund for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Mr. Watson holds a MS degree from George Washington University, an MBA from George Mason University and a BS degree from the U.S. Naval Academy.