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PRE 14A
STEREOTAXIS, INC. filed this Form PRE 14A on 03/28/2019
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Class II Directors (terms expiring at the 2021 Annual Meeting)

David L. Fischel

Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board since February 2017

Director since September 2016

 

Mr. Fischel, 32, was named chief executive officer and chairman of the board on February 3, 2017. He has served as a director of Stereotaxis since leading the equity investment and positive strategic initiatives announced in September 2016. He has served for over nine years as Principal and portfolio manager for medical device investments at DAFNA Capital Management, LLC. In addition to his research responsibilities, Mr. Fischel has been deeply involved in all aspects of DAFNA Capital’s operations including legal, accounting, IT, compliance, human resources and marketing. Prior to joining DAFNA Capital, he was a research analyst at SCP Vitalife, a healthcare venture capital fund. Mr. Fischel completed his B.S. magna cum laude in Applied Mathematics with a minor in Accounting at the University of California at Los Angeles and received his MBA from Bar-Ilan University in Tel Aviv. He is a Certified Public Accountant, Chartered Financial Analyst and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst. Mr. Fischel’s financial experience and understanding of the medical device industry enables him to make valuable contributions to our strategic initiatives and general management matters.

 

Joe Kiani

Director since September 2016

 

Mr. Kiani, 54, is the founder, Chairman, and CEO of Masimo, a global medical technology innovator. He has been a beacon for patient safety and innovation in healthcare for more than 25 years. He founded Masimo in 1989 to improve patient outcomes and reduce the cost of care by taking noninvasive monitoring to new sites and applications. Under his leadership, Masimo has grown from a “garage start up” into a successful publicly traded company (NASDAQ: MASI) employing more than 3,500 people. Masimo has helped to solve the “unsolvable” problems plaguing patient monitoring through significant inventions with more than 600 issued and pending patents worldwide. Committed to patient safety, Mr. Kiani founded the Patient Safety Movement Foundation in 2012 and the World Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit. The Patient Safety Movement Foundation (PSMF) has the goal of eliminating preventable deaths by 2020 in the US, and to significantly reduce preventable deaths in hospitals worldwide. Today, PSMF has over 1700 hospitals from around the world that have committed to patient safety. In January 2016, the hospitals that had joined Patient Safety Movement reported 24,643 lives saved annually. Mr. Kiani’s deep understanding of the healthcare industry as well as his broad experience in strategic planning, strategic innovations, engineering and product innovation are valuable in supporting and guiding our product development, growth, technology innovation and operational excellence.

 

CORPORATE GOVERNANCE INFORMATION

 

Board Leadership Structure and Board Role in Risk Oversight

David L. Fischel became chief executive officer and chairman of the Board on February 3, 2017. Since February 2015, David W. Benfer has served as the lead independent director. The Board believes that it should have flexibility to make the determination of whether the same person should serve as both the chief executive officer and chairman of the board or if the roles should be separate. The Board believes that its current leadership structure, with the positions of chief executive officer and chairman of the Board held by the same individual and Mr. Benfer serving as lead independent director, provides appropriate leadership for the Company and best serves the shareholders. Mr. Benfer provides independent leadership on the Board and interacts with the chief executive officer and the independent directors to facilitate communications. Our independent directors regularly have executive sessions as part of our regular meeting schedule, during which only the independent directors are present. Mr. Benfer leads these sessions and provides feedback to the chief executive officer.

 

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