Todd A. Norbe
President and Chief Executive Officer
Todd Norbe was named President and CEO of BIOLASE, Inc. on August 8, 2018. Just prior to becoming CEO, Todd joined the BIOLASE Board of Directors in June 2018. Todd brings broad experience in the global dental industry, most recently as President, North America of KaVo Kerr, a subsidiary of the Danaher Corporation. KaVo Kerr delivers dental instruments, imaging solutions, dental treatment units and premier consumables worldwide. Previously, he served as Vice President and General Manager of Metrex Medical - Sybron Dental Specialties, continuing in that role after it was acquired by Danaher in 2006.
Todd has an MBA in Management from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a BS in Marketing from Bloomsburg University. He has also served on the Board of the Dental Trade Association Foundation and the National Children's Oral Health Foundation.
John R. Beaver
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
John R. Beaver was named Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of BIOLASE on October 1, 2017. John was promoted to Executive Vice President and CFO following his brief role as Interim Chief Executive Officer of BIOLASE ending on August 8, 2018. He brings substantial leadership and technical experience in finance and business management in both public and private companies.
Prior to joining BIOLASE, John served as the Chief Financial Officer of Silicor Materials, Inc., a global leader in the production of solar silicon, from 2009 to 2013 and 2015 to 2017. John also served on Silicor's Board of Directors from 2013 to 2015. While at Silicor, John led debt and equity fundraising efforts to finance the company's transition from start-up to commercial production. He also supported revenue growth from zero to nearly $100M (annualized) in less than one year, and he developed and implemented many of the company's business processes.
From 2013-2015, John was Chief Financial Officer for Modumetal, Inc., a nano-laminated alloy coatings company focused on oil and gas applications. Previously, John was Senior Vice President - Finance and Chief Financial Officer at Sterling Chemicals, a mid-sized public commodity chemical manufacturer, from 2007 to 2009. He also served as Vice President, Corporate Controller at Sterling Chemicals from 2001 to 2007 and as Financial Reporting Manager and Plant Accountant from 1987 to 1995.
From 1997 to 2000, John served as Vice President, Controller at Pioneer Companies, Inc., where he coordinated two major acquisitions which tripled the size of the company. Previously, John was Controller at Borden Chemicals and Plastics from 1995 to 1997. John started his career in Finance at Monsanto Company.
John holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Samuel B. Low, D.D.S., M.S., M.Ed.
Vice President, Dental and Clinical Affairs and Chief Dental Officer
Samuel B. Low, D.D.S., M.S., M.Ed., was named Vice President, Dental and Clinical Affairs, and Chief Dental Officer of BIOLASE in October of 2016. Dr. Low is Professor Emeritus, University of Florida, College of Dentistry and Associate faculty member of the Pankey Institute, with 30 years of private practice experience in periodontics, lasers and implant placement. He is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and past President of the American Academy of Periodontology.
Dr. Low provides dentists and dental hygienists the tools for successfully managing the periodontal patient in general and periodontal practices. He was selected "Dentist of the Year" by the Florida Dental Association, Distinguished Alumnus by the University of Texas Dental School, and the Gordon Christensen Lecturer Recognition Award. He is a Past President of the Florida Dental Association and past ADA Trustee.
Dr. Low received his Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) and Master of Science (M.S.) degrees from the University of Texas at Houston. He also completed his residency in Periodontics at the University of Texas at Houston, and received a Masters of Education from the University of Florida.
Ryan T. Meardon
Vice President, US Sales
Ryan T. Meardon was named the Vice President, US Sales of BIOLASE in October of 2017. He brings successful sales and leadership experience from within BIOLASE as well as from previous dental and medical device experiences.
Ryan has been with BIOLASE for seven years, where he served as a successful Account Manager before being promoted to the Western Regional Sales Director in 2013. While a Regional Sales Director, Ryan partnered with other leaders in the organization to develop the organization's sales talent and build a healthy, high-performance culture.
Prior to BIOLASE, Ryan served as a Key Account Manager, Regional Product Specialist and District Sales Manager at Brasseler USA. Ryan holds a Master of Science in Biomechanics/Kinesiology and a Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology and Applied Physiology from The University of Colorado at Boulder.
William E. Brown, Jr.
Vice President, Innovation and Business Development
William E. Brown joined BIOLASE in 2002, initially as Director of Marketing advancing to Vice President in 2006, then Vice President of Sales and Marketing in 2008, until achieving his current role as Vice President of Business Development since 2013.
Brown has been instrumental in the establishment of BIOLASE's U.S. and international distribution channels as well as our direct and inside sales force. Brown also serves on the Board of Directors of the World Congress of Minimally Invasive Dentistry, as Fellow of the American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery (ASLMS), and as Member of the Academy of Laser Dentistry.
Prior to joining BIOLASE, Brown was a co-founder of Kreativ, Inc., an international advanced dental equipment company, from 1995 until it was acquired in 1999 by Welch-Allyn, Inc., at which time he served as Director of New Product Development and Board Director for Welch-Allyn Kreativ, Inc. until 2002.
Prior to this, he was Vice President of Sales and Marketing at HGM Medical Laser Systems, Inc., an international medical laser manufacturer, for five years. He also held Sales and Marketing management positions at Humphrey Instruments, American Optical Division of Warner Lambert, and Coherent Medical. Brown holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from University of Alabama.
Stephen I. Jang
Vice President, APAC, EMEA & Latin America
Steve Jang was promoted to Vice President of APAC & EMEA in July 2018. Steve joined BIOLASE in December 2012 as Director of International Operations in Asia-Pacific, and he has achieved a track record of growing revenue in his area of responsibility, as well as developing and maintaining excellent relationships with business partners and key opinion leaders.
Steve brings broad general management and sales experience in the global medical device and manufacturing industry. Prior to joining BIOLASE, Steve served as Senior Director, Sales and Marketing, at Curative Medical, Inc. and as Senior Director of International Sales at Cardinal Health/Pulmonetic Systems. Previously, Steve held roles of increasing responsibility with MicroOoptix LLC and United Technologies Automotive. Steve holds both a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Richard R. Whipp
Vice President, Operations
Richard R. Whipp joined BIOLASE in 2011 as Director of Operations and was promoted to Vice President of Operations in 2011.
Whipp directs the daily operations of the Company including product manufacturing, manufacturing engineering, field service, purchasing, logistics, and maintenance.
Prior to joining BIOLASE, Whipp served as Senior Director of Operations at Discus Dental, which became a division of Philips Electronics, from 1998 until 2011, and as Director of Operations at Leica Geosystems, Inc. from 1992 until 1998.
Whipp previously held Operations management positions at Gulton Industries, Inc., Conrac Industries, Inc., and Hydril.
Vice President, Human Resources
Matthew Wilson was named Vice President, Human Resources of BIOLASE in April of 2016. He brings Human Resources leadership experience in diverse industries, including dental medical device, commercial real estate and aerospace.
Most recently, Matt was with Zimmer Biomet, Inc. (previously Zimmer, Inc.) for nearly eight years, where he served as HR Director for the company's dental business. While at Zimmer Dental, Matt partnered with other leaders in the business to develop the organization's talent, to enhance employee engagement, and to build a healthy, high-performance culture. Most recently, he worked on the integration of two large business units, following Zimmer's acquisition of Biomet.
Prior to Zimmer Biomet, Matt was HR Director at CBRE Group, Inc., where he led leadership and organization development efforts for the Americas region. He began his career in Human Resources in Raytheon Company's two-year Human Resources Leadership Development Program, followed by an additional three years as Principal HR Generalist for the company's Integrated Airborne Systems organization.
Matt holds an MBA in International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management and a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing from the University of Utah.