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 Global OEM and Europe, the Middle
East, and Africa
Justin Lampropoulos is the Executive Vice President of Global OEM, Distributor Sales,
and Emerging Markets in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Russia for Merit Medical.
He oversees sales, marketing, engineering, customer services, and support for its
global OEM business. In addition, he is responsible for distributor sales, marketing,
and support services for more than 70 countries. Lampropoulos directs commercial
development and the company’s entrance into new markets in Europe, the Middle East,
Africa, and Russia from Merit Medical’s corporate office in The Netherlands. He
has been recognized as a “40 Under 40” industry innovator by Medical Device and
Diagnostic Industry magazine. He is formally trained in aeronautical sciences.
Chief Operating Officer
Arlin Nelson joined Merit in 1988 as a manufacturing and research and development
engineer. He served as Manager of Molding before becoming Director of Research and
Development in 1999. In 2004, Nelson was promoted to Vice President of Research
and Development and was then named Chief Operating Officer in 2006. Prior to joining
Merit, Nelson served as the Vice President of Operations of Intermountain Packing,
Inc. from 1985 to 1987 and as Co-Founder and Vice President of Operations of Willow
Technology, Inc. from 1979 to 1984.
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.
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.