President and Chief Executive Officer
Fred Lampropoulos has been in the medical device industry for almost 30 years. After serving as the Chairman and Chief Executive of Utah Medical, Lampropoulos founded Merit Medical Systems, Inc. in 1987, where he currently serves as Chairman and CEO. He has invented and holds almost 200 patents on devices used in the diagnostic and therapeutic treatment of cardiovascular disease. Lampropoulos is extremely involved in his community and serves on many boards. He is also the recipient of numerous awards, including the Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology, and was inducted into the Utah Business Hall of Fame. He is an Honorary Colonel in the Utah National Guard and received the 2011 Bronze Minuteman Award.
Chief Financial Officer
Kent Stanger is co-founder (1987), Director, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary/Treasurer of Merit Medical. He was formerly controller of Utah Medical, Laser Corporation, American Laser and Modulair Industries, Inc. Prior to his association with these firms, Stanger spent five years as a certified public accountant. Stanger plays a key role in the development, growth and management of the Company's headquarters and expanded satellite facilities.
Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Marty Stephens came to Merit with 27 years’ experience in sales management. Prior to joining the Company, he was Vice President of the Property and Casualty Division of Zions Insurance Agency. During his time with Zions, he established the Commercial Sales Department and organized it into one of the largest and fastest growing in the state of Utah. He also managed the sales and service departments for both personal and commercial sales. Stephens is a former Speaker of the Utah House of Representatives, the only Speaker in Utah history to have been elected for three terms.
President of Merit Technology Group
Joe Wright joined Merit in 2005 as VP, International, responsible for sales in Canada, Asia Pacific, and Latin America. He also served as VP of Marketing in 2006-2007 and was then promoted to President, Merit Technology Group, overseeing Merit OEM, Merit Sensor, and MCTec B.V. Wright manages these divisions and Merit’s businesses in all global markets outside the U.S. and Europe. He oversaw the creation of Merit China in Beijing and Merit Asia in Hong Kong, the company’s headquarters in Southeast Asia. Previously, Wright held sales, marketing and business development positions with several companies, including Motorola and Micron. Wright speaks Japanese and received his BA and MBA from Columbia University.
Executive Vice President of EMEA
Justin Lampropoulos is the Executive Vice President of Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). He began his career in medical device technology as a member of Merit's sales organization. In 2010, Lampropoulos was promoted to Executive Vice President of EMEA and began leading business operations in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and emerging markets from Merit Medical’s European Headquarters in Maastricht, The Netherlands. Lampropoulos was recognized as one of the 40 Medtech Innovators Under 40 by Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry magazine. He is academy trained in commercial aeronautics holding advanced certifications both as an instructor and commercial pilot. Lampropoulos is an alumnus of Oxford University having completed postgraduate studies in strategic management.
Chief Operating Officer
Ronald Frost has been employed by Merit for more than 22 years, serving in multiple positions, including as a Quality Engineer, a Manufacturing Engineer, Custom Kits Manager, Customer Service Manager, Production Planning and Warehouse Manager, General Manager of the Company’s Richmond, Virginia operations and Vice President of Technology Transfer. At the time of his appointment as Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Frost was serving as the Company’s Vice President of Materials and Operations, a position he has held since December, 2007.
Chief Legal Officer
Rashelle Perry, Chief Legal Officer, joined the company in 2001 and directs all worldwide legal issues related to mergers and acquisitions, sales and distribution, commercial transactions, intellectual property, corporate governance, international law, securities, compliance, litigation and employee relations. Prior to joining Merit, Perry worked in the software and medical technology industries. She graduated from the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah in 1992. Perry currently serves as a Board Member for the University of Utah Museum of Fine Arts and the Utah Legal Aid Foundation.
Chief Information Officer
Joseph Pierce has been the Chief Information Officer at Merit Medical Systems since 2006. He first joined the company as Head Software Developer in 1991, and became Director of Applications in 1999. During his time as CIO he has overseen the expansion of IT operations in Europe, Asia and North America. Prior to joining the Company, he worked in IT for Rocky Mountain Helicopters and FX Energy.
Chief Accounting Officer
Greg Barnett was promoted Chief Accounting Officer in November of 2003. He is responsible for all aspects of the Company’s accounting and tax functions, including financial reporting. Prior to this appointment, Barnett served as the Company’s Controller from June 1990 to November 2003. Prior to joining Merit, Barnett worked as an auditor for the accounting firm of Price Waterhouse. Barnett earned a Bachelors of Accounting from the University of Utah.
Chief Regulatory Affairs Officer
John Knorpp came to Merit Medical in 2010 as Director of Regulatory Affairs, Endotek Division, and was promoted to his current position, Chief Regulatory Affairs Officer, in 2013. In this role, he directs all global Regulatory and Medical Affairs activities. Mr. Knorpp has been in the medical device industry since 1996 in both Quality and Regulatory roles. Prior to joining Merit he was Director of Regulatory Affairs for C.R. Bard, Inc. Mr. Knorpp holds a BS in Statistics-Quality Science from Brigham Young University and an MBA from the University of Utah. Currently, he also serves on the Executive Board of Directors for BioUtah.
President of Merit Endotek
Darla Gill is one of the founders of Merit Medical, serving early in 1988 as its Executive Vice President of Marketing & Sales and as a Director on the Company’s Board. She is currently President of Merit Endotek. Gill has held several executive positions with Merit Medical: Executive Vice President of New Business Development, Executive Vice President of Merit Medical Europe, and Executive Vice President of Human Resources and Organizational Development. She has worked in the medical device industry for 29 years.