management team

David A. Smith, Chairman & CEO,  joined Freedom Innovations in 2016.  Previously, he was General Partner with Health Evolution Partners, LLC  where he led a turnaround and sale or disposition of several healthcare providers and service portfolio companies.  Smith previously held the position of Chairman and CEO of PSS World Medical, Inc., a high growth medical distributor with over $2 billion in revenue.  His leadership is best exemplified by PSSI 1,000% stock appreciation during his tenure.  He successfully led the organization through a dynamic shift in business strategies, which produced $1.1 billion in market value, over $100 million of EBITDA, revenue growth at two times market, and record customer satisfaction.

Mr. Smith served his community as Chairman of Florida TaxWatch Inc., where he assisted bringing the State of Florida to a complete recovery of the global recession by leading a bi-partisan governmental and business Task Force that identified opportunities to save Florida $3.2 and $4.5 billion heralded by Governor Rick Scott as his platform of action.  Smith started his career as a CPA with the State of Florida and Price Waterhouse Coopers.  Smith graduated from the University of North Florida with a degree in Business Administration.  For over 10 years, Smith served as guest lecturer at Columbia School of Business, MBA program.  He serves on several industry and community boards, with a presence across national, state and local communities.

Maynard Headshot Maynard Carkhuff, Vice Chairman, Chief Innovation Officer, joined Freedom Innovations in 2005 with over 25 years of leadership in the pharmaceutical, dental and prosthetic industries. Formerly CEO of Ossur Prosthetics, he previously served as CEO of Flex-Foot, which was acquired by Ossur in 2000. He also held senior executive positions with Allergan and Denar. Under Maynard’s leadership, Freedom has achieved exceptional financial growth and strategic expansion by attracting and motivating a results-oriented team of accomplished professionals with proven track records in the medical device market. Maynard holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing, Management and Research from California State University, Los Angeles, and he attended the University of Southern California’s Graduate School of Business Administration. Current and former positions include founding board member of Pacific Enterprise Bank, board member of the American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association, Southern California Biomedical Association, Clean Ones Corporation, president of Orange County’s chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth and member of the University of Irvine’s Chief Executive Roundtable

Lee Kim Head ShotLee Kim, Chief Financial Officer, has experience spanning both public and private companies. Prior to joining Freedom, Lee served as Chief Financial Officer of Netlist, Inc., a manufacturer of customized, high-end memory solutions for the server and communications markets. Lee led Netlist’s initial public offering in November 2006. He has served as a Financial Leadership Partner for Tatum LLC, a national professional services firm, where he served several clients as chief financial officer on both a permanent and interim basis. Prior to Tatum, Lee was Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of Epicor Software Corporation, a publicly-traded developer of enterprise resource planning software for midmarket companies. Lee holds a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in accounting from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Claudia_Gerhmann_colour_jpegClaudia Gehrmann, General Manager, Europe, brings over 20 years of experience in healthcare industry throughout the European marketplace with a strong entrepreneurial background in start-up businesses and general management, with a special focus on sales and marketing. As a key member of executive management teams, she has been responsible for strategic planning and the development of key marketing strategies and innovative services for physicians, patients, insurers and retailers focused on disease management programs for private health insurers, dental prosthetics, refractive surgery and physiotherapy providers. Claudia is German and holds a university diploma from University of Giessen in business administration with a focus in international business, sales and marketing in combination with English and Spanish language skills.

Jeremy Mathews, Vice President, US Sales, Jeremy brings over 20 years of healthcare sales and marketing leadership to the Freedom Team.  He blends senior field sales management experience with a corporate management background in marketing program development, business development outreach, and manufacturing.  With his 12 plus years at PSS World Medical and McKesson, he created a sales culture that maximized visibility in the marketplace, built synergy across the product portfolio, and placed a premium on results & accountability.  Most recently, he successfully led a team in the laboratory segment that was acquired by McKesson Medical Surgical.  Prior to that, he managed a marketing team that delivered strategic marketing direction to the largest, most profitable segment of business valued at over $800M for PSS World Medical.

John Robertson- headshotJohn Robertson, Vice President, R & D, has more than 25 years of experience in leading development of high quality, high reliability and safety-critical systems in both R&D and Operation management roles. John previously held the position of Senior Director of New Product Introduction at Masimo in Irvine. He also0 directed R&D for Cameron Health, which was acquired by Boston Scientific, successfully developing and commercializing the world’s only Subcutaneous Implantable Cardiac Defibrillator (S-ICD). Prior to this, John was the Chief Engineer at Delphi, where he provided the overall leadership of the R&D organization for their automotive safety electronics product line. John earned his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University and holds the prestigious Six Sigma Green Belt Certification for quality in manufacturing and management process control.

Boon Yang TeoBoon Yang Teo, General Manager Asia Pacific, brings over 20 years of experience in the medical devices industry across Asia encompassing Laboratory Diagnostics, Blood Glucose Monitoring, Point of Care Testing, Blood Banking and Dialysis. He has held various senior leadership positions and comes with extensive management experience in business and organizational development for both Direct Operation and Distributor Management. Prior to joining Freedom Innovations, he was the General Manager of Gambro SEA and India with full Profit and Loss responsibility for this vast and diverse region. Teo was with Abbott Diagnostics before joining Gambro. Teo graduated with a Bachelor of Science in BioChemistry and Master in Business Administration.

Headshot - Eric Ferris Eric Ferris, Director of Marketing, Eric comes to Freedom with over 15 years of marketing experience in the medical device and consumer healthcare marketplaces. Eric started his medical device career in the pharmaceutical space as a Product Manager for UCB Pharma, responsible for downstream marketing initiatives. From there, he moved into implantable devices with Allergan, where he managed both upstream and downstream marketing initiatives in the company’s Breast Aesthetics product portfolio. Eric took on a larger role in the Neurovascular space with Covidien as their Director of Global Marketing. In this global role, Eric held P&L responsibility for the marketing organization and clinical services team for the company’s $100M+ vascular access and liquid embolics product portfolio.  Most recently, Eric has functioned as the Group Director of Marketing for Johnson & Johnson (Biosense Webster Division) where he was responsible for the US Commercial Marketing and Field services teams for hardware/software services. Eric manages the Marketing and Customer Service teams, as well as, direct the management of our Smart technologies products.

kf bio pic2Karla Fosburg, Director of Human Resources, brings over 25 years of human resources management experience in the pharmaceutical, medical device, healthcare and consumer packaged goods industries. Most recently she served as Vice President, Human Resources for Pacific World Cosmetics where she was responsible for strategy and execution of the global human resources function. Prior to Pacific World, she spent fifteen years in various human resource roles at Allergan providing HR leadership to multiple organizations including R&D, Sales and Marketing, Manufacturing, and Corporate clients. Prior to Allergan, she had national responsibility for human resources in a dynamic start up environment, where her responsibilities included managing the HR function for nine offices nationwide. Current and former positions include President of the National Human Resources Association, Board Member of the Youth Employment Services and Alumni Board Member for Chapman University. Karla received her Bachelor of Arts from Chapman University. Karla is responsible for the identification, development and implementation of Freedom Innovation’s human resource strategies in support of the organization’s global objectives. She is responsible for all aspects of human resources globally, including organization development, talent management, compensation, benefits, and learning and development.

Headshot - Tom Nomura WebTom Nomura, CPO & Director of Clinical Services – Tom comes to Freedom Innovations with over 20 years of experience practicing the trade.  Following his education and certification at Cal State Dominguez Hills, Tom started his career in central fabrication and worked up to a lead technician and eventually as a practice manager.  His experience as a clinician in hospital settings, independent clinics, and also for Hanger, has given him a good perspective of the unique needs within different settings.  When Tom worked for Kaiser Permanente as a Regional CPO, and spent time working for the payer, he learned more of the business and reimbursement side of prosthetics.  Most recently, Tom was the practice manager for a local Hanger clinic in Orange County.

Headshot - Ross WibergRoss Wiberg, Director of Operations, joined Freedom Innovations in 2015. Ross comes to Freedom with over 20 years of manufacturing leadership and lean manufacturing implementation. Ross spent 15 years working various functional leadership positions in the automotive industry at Autoliv ANA and in the aerospace industry at ATK and ITT Exelis. Ross’ background includes a heavy emphasis on continuous improvement and he holds a six sigma black belt. During his time at Autoliv ANA, he worked as a green belt guiding the plant leadership and facilitating continuous improvement training for all functional departments at every level of the organization. As a Continuous Improvement Specialist, he was also a member of the Autoliv Lean Consulting group and specialized in helping outside organizations develop strategic deployment, lean management practices, and quality improvement programs. Ross later transitioned to the aerospace industry as a Continuous Improvement Manager at ATK and helped develop a continuous improvement program for multiple sites and grow a continuous improvement organization.  Later, Ross joined ITT Exelis as the Sr. Manager of Continuous Improvement for Aerostructures and later became the Sr. Manager of Operations overseeing all aspects of operations and cross-functional management.  In addition to his six sigma and lean certifications, Ross also holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management.