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
Bernard Birkett joined Merit in 1997 and has served as Merit’s Controller responsible for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) since 2000 and as Merit’s Vice President of International Finance since 2010. He has been a leader in the development of Merit’s global business and has experience in management, operations and business development. Birkett is a certified accountant with a business degree from the National University of Ireland Galway and a Master’s degree in banking and finance from the University College Dublin’s Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School. He also completed a program in Strategic Leadership at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. Birkett recently relocated to Salt Lake City from Galway, Ireland.
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 Sales & Marketing
Justin Lampropoulos is the Executive Vice President Sales & Marketing. He began his career in medical device technology as a member of Merit’s sales organization. Most recently, he spent five years leading Merit’s Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) business from Maastricht, The Netherlands before returning to Utah to lead the US commercial organization in addition to global marketing and strategy. Lampropoulos was recognized as one of the "40 Medtech Innovators Under 40" by Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry magazine, a national publication, as part of "Generation Next." Lampropoulos completed postgraduate studies at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School in Oxford, England in strategic management and is an alumnus of Harvard Business School.
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 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.