The Merit executive team brings a distinct set of industry perspectives to our global growth strategies and the organizations they lead.
The Leadership Team is responsible for steering Merit through a transformational period in global healthcare. Together, this team drives the Merit strategic imperatives, focusing on enhanced system collaboration, therapy and technology innovation, global access and alignment of value within the healthcare system.
The Merit vision remains our guiding compass. We look to our senior leaders first and foremost as the stewards of our vision, to be the most customer-focused company in healthcare. Guided by our leadership team, we look forward to extending our vision to more people in more ways and in more places around the world.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Fred Lampropoulos has been in the medical device industry for over 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 over 200 patents on devices used in the diagnostic and therapeutic treatment of cardiac, peripheral, gastrointestinal and pulmonary conditions.
Lampropoulos is highly 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, CEO of the Year, and was inducted into the Utah Business Hall of Fame.
Lampropoulos is a former Army Ranger serving the nation in the 82nd Airborne Division, is an Honorary Colonel in the Utah National Guard, and holds a number of honorary doctorates including a Doctorate in Business Administration from Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah recognizing his contribution and development of industry and education within the State 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.
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.
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 Financial Officer
Bernard Birkett joins our corporate team in Utah after 17 years with Merit in Europe. He has served as Controller responsible for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) from 2000 and as Vice President of International Finance from 2010. He has been a leader in the development of Merit’s global business. He has significant international business transformation and management experience including financial management, operations and business development. Birkett is a Qualified Accountant with a Business degree from National University of Ireland Galway, a Masters in Banking and Finance from Smurfit Business School Dublin, and has completed a program at Stanford Graduate School of Business in Strategic Leadership for CFO’s.
Executive Vice President, US, EMEA, Global Marketing & Strategy
Justin Lampropoulos is the Executive Vice President of US, EMEA, Global Marketing & Strategy. 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 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. He currently serves on the Executive Board of Directors for BioUtah.
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.
Vice President, Global Human Resources
Louise Bott joined Merit in 2006 and was appointed as Vice President, Global Human Resources in 2007. She is responsible for the Human Resources function at all Merit locations. Louise has been a specialist in all areas of HR during her 25+ years of experience in the field. Prior to Merit, she held HR management positions in the medical device manufacturing, retail and software industries. She has served on the Jordan Education Foundation Board.
Chief Technology Officer
Jason Treft is the Chief Technology Officer at Merit Medical. In this role, Jason 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. Jason joined Merit in 2007 and prior to 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, he 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.