Merit’s executive team members bring a distinct set of industry perspectives to our global growth strategies and the organizations they lead.
The executive team is responsible for steering Merit through a transformational period in global healthcare. Together, this team drives Merit’s strategic imperatives, focusing on enhanced system collaboration, therapy and technology innovation, and global access and alignment of value within the healthcare system.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Fred Lampropoulos has been in the medical device industry for more than 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 Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
Lampropoulos has invented and holds more than 200 patents on devices used in the diagnostic and therapeutic treatment of cardiac, peripheral, gastrointestinal, and pulmonary conditions.
He is also highly involved in his community and serves on many boards. Lampropoulos is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology and CEO of the Year. He was inducted into the Utah Business Hall of Fame.
Lampropoulos is a former Special Forces Officer and an Honorary Colonel in the Utah National Guard. He holds several honorary doctorates, including Doctorate in Business Administration from Westminster College in Salt Lake City, recognizing his contribution to and development of industry and education within the state of Utah.
Chief Financial Officer
Raul Parra, CPA, has been Merit’s Chief Financial Officer since July 2018 and served as Interim Chief Financial Officer from May 31, 2018, to July 2018. He has also served as Merit’s Vice President of Accounting since February 2016 and was Merit’s Corporate Controller from July 2012 to January 2015.
Parra served in other accounting-related capacities with Merit, including Director of Financial Reporting from December 2009 to July 2012. Prior to joining Merit, Parra was employed as an auditor by Deloitte & Touche LLP from 2003 to 2009.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis in accounting, from Sonoma State University. He is a certified public accountant.
Chief Operating Officer
Ronald Frost has been employed by Merit for more than 22 years, serving in multiple positions, including Quality Engineer, Manufacturing Engineer, Custom Kits Manager, Customer Service Manager, Production Planning and Warehouse Manager, General Manager of Merit’s Richmond, VA, operations, and Vice President of Technology Transfer.
At the time of his appointment as Chief Operating Officer, Frost was serving as Merit’s Vice President of Materials and Operations, a position he has held since December 2007.
BRIAN G. LLOYD
Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary
Brian G. Lloyd was appointed Merit’s Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary in April 2016. Prior to joining Merit, Lloyd served as a member of the business transactions group at Parr Brown Gee & Loveless for more than 20 years.
His experience includes advising public and private companies as well as investors on corporate governance, securities regulation, mergers, acquisitions, and financing transactions, including public offering, private equity, and venture capital transactions.
Lloyd has been recognized as one of the top corporate/mergers and acquisitions lawyers in Utah in the 2003 to 2016 editions of Chambers USA—America’s Leading Business Lawyers and has been honored by Best Lawyers in America from 2007 to 2016, including recognition in Utah as Lawyer of the Year in Corporate Compliance in 2015 and Venture Capital in 2016.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brigham Young University and a Juris Doctor degree from Columbia University.
Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer
Rob Fredericks joined Merit in 2021 and is responsible for Business Development, M&A, R&D, Product Development, and Marketing. Fredericks has 20 years of experience in the medical device industry and has held general management, marketing, innovation, and strategy roles of increasing responsibility at several companies, such as Becton Dickinson, C.R. Bard, and Medtronic. Most recently, he was Vice President and General Manager of Vascular Access Devices at Becton Dickinson.
Prior to working in the medical device industry, Fredericks spent several years as an investment banking analyst, followed by time spent as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company.
He holds bachelor’s degrees with distinction in both civil engineering and economics from Rice University and a Master of Business Administration degree from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Chief Human Resources Officer
Mike Voigt joined Merit in 2020 with more than 20 years of progressive global human resources (HR) leadership experience in diverse industries, including medical device, pharmaceutical, and technology. Voigt has led successful organizational transformation efforts on a global scale and has deep expertise within strategic HR business partnering, global HR leadership, HR services, cultural development, organizational design, compensation, M&A, and recruiting.
Prior to Merit, Voigt was Chief Human Resources Officer at Mavenir, a rapidly growing global technology company. Prior to Mavenir, he worked at Galderma for nine years where he held multiple HR roles in the U.S., France, and Switzerland.
Voigt holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Oklahoma State University.
Joe Wright joined Merit in 2005 as Vice President of International and was responsible for sales in Canada, Asia Pacific, and Latin America. He also served as Vice President of Global Marketing in 2006 and 2007 and was then promoted to President of Merit Technology Group, overseeing Merit OEM, Merit Sensor, and MCTec B.V.
Wright now manages Merit’s businesses in all global markets outside the U.S. and Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). In 2010, he oversaw the creation of Merit China in Beijing. In 2011, he also established Merit Asia in Hong Kong, the company’s headquarters in Southeast Asia. Wright has continued to expand Merit’s presence with facilities and/or personnel in Australia, Brazil, Canada, India, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, Taiwan, and Vietnam.
Before joining Merit, Wright held sales, marketing, and business development positions with Motorola and Micron. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Business Administration from Columbia University and speaks Japanese.
NICOLE PRIEST, MD
Chief Wellness Officer
Nicole Priest, MD, joined Merit in 2016 as the physician at the Merit Care Clinic, the on-site employee clinic at Merit’s headquarters in Salt Lake City, UT. She was promoted to Chief Wellness Officer in 2019. Dr. Priest is responsible for implementing a coordinated global wellness program designed to help Merit employees live healthier, more fulfilling lives.
She received her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Utah and is board certified in family, integrative, and lifestyle medicine. Dr. Priest has more than 20 years of medical experience.
Chief Regulatory Affairs Officer
John Knorpp came to Merit in 2010 as Director of Regulatory Affairs of the Endotek Division and was promoted to his current position of Chief Regulatory Affairs Officer in 2013. In this role he directs all global regulatory and medical affairs activities.
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.
Knorpp holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Statistics-Quality Science from Brigham Young University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Utah. He currently serves on the Executive Board of Directors for BioUtah.
Chief Information Officer
Joseph Pierce has been the Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Merit since 2006. He first joined the company as Head Software Developer in 1991, and then he became Director of Applications in 1999. During his time as CIO, Pierce has overseen the expansion of IT operations in Europe, Asia, and North America. Prior to joining Merit, he worked in IT for Rocky Mountain Helicopters and FX Energy.
Chief Technology Officer
Jason Treft is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Merit. In this role, he directs global technology strategy in IT operations. The CTO organization includes technology infrastructure and architecture, cybersecurity, network engineering, systems and database administration, hardware, software and cloud platforms, enterprise mobility, and domestic and international support teams.
Treft joined Merit in 2007 and before transitioning to CTO, he served as Vice President of IT, Global Director of Network Operations, Network Operations Manager, and Sr. Systems Administrator. Prior to Merit, he owned an IT consulting firm with emphasis on IT outsourcing, cloud-based hosting services, and cybersecurity.
Since 1996, Treft has worked in many segments of the IT industry, including consulting, data center, internet services, and technical training. He is an alumnus of Weber State University and has earned numerous technical certifications from Cisco, Microsoft, CompTIA, and others.