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Election of Sheryl L. Conley to Board of Directors
On October 28, 2021, the Board of Directors voted to increase the size of the Board from seven authorized directors to eight authorized directors and elected Sheryl L. Conley as a member of the Board effective as of October 28, 2021.
Sheryl L. Conley will serve as one of our Class I directors, with a term expiring at the 2024 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, and as a member of the Board’s Audit Committee. Ms. Conley has served AcceLINX, Inc., a musculoskeletal health business accelerator, as President and Board Member since March 2017. Since 2019, Ms. Conley has also served as a Board Director for Neuronetics, Inc. (NASDAQ: STIM), a medical technology company focused on developing products that improve the quality of life for patients suffering from psychiatric disorders, and since May 2021, Ms. Conley has served as a Board Director of Surgalign Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: SRGA), a global medical technology company focused on elevating the standard of care by driving the evolution of digital surgery, and is a member of its Compensation Committee. She served OrthoWorx, Inc., a community-based initiative that works strategically and collaboratively with the orthopedic industry, as President and CEO from September 2012 to May 2017. Ms. Conley spent 25 years with Zimmer, Inc. (now Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc., an NYSE-listed (NYSE: ZBH) medical device company) in a number of escalating management roles across a variety of product segments and geographies, during which she provided key leadership in the development and commercial release of more than 50 industry leading brands, including as Group President, Americas and Global Brand Management, and Chief Marketing Officer from December 2005 until May 2008. She received a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry and a Master of Business Administration from Ball State University. She is 61 years old. The Board believes it will benefit from Ms. Conley’s extensive orthopedic medical device industry knowledge and, in particular, her significant experience focusing on global brand management, marketing, sales, product development and operations.
There are no arrangements or understandings between Ms. Conley and any other persons pursuant to which Ms. Conley was selected as a director and there are no transactions involving Ms. Conley required to be disclosed under Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K.
As a non-employee director of the Company, Ms. Conley will receive cash and equity compensation pursuant to the Company's non-employee director compensation program, as described in the Company's proxy statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 30, 2021, as may be adjusted by the Board from time to time. Upon election to the Board, as provided under the referenced non-employee director compensation program, Ms. Conley was awarded 8,179 restricted stock units under our 2017 Omnibus Incentive Plan. Each restricted stock unit gives the grantee the right to receive one share of common stock and is valued at $42.79 per unit, the fair market value of a share of our common stock on October 28, 2021. The restricted stock units will vest in three (3) equal annual installments on the anniversary of the grant date.
On November 1, 2021, we issued a press release entitled “Anika Appoints Sheryl Conley to Board of Directors.” A copy of the press release is furnished as Exhibit 99.1 to this report.
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|Anika Therapeutics, Inc.|
|Date: November 1, 2021||By:||/s/ CHERYL R. BLANCHARD|
|CHERYL R. BLANCHARD|
|President and Chief Executive Officer|
Anika Appoints Sheryl Conley to Board of Directors
Appointment brings experienced orthopedic industry commercial leader to Anika’s Board
BEDFORD, Mass., Nov. 01, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Anika Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ANIK), a global joint preservation company focused on early intervention orthopedics, today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Sheryl Conley as independent director, effective October 28, 2021.
Sheryl Conley joins the Anika Board of Directors with over 35 years of orthopedic and healthcare industry experience, most recently as President and CEO of OrthoWorx, Inc., and previously as Group President, Americas and Global Brand Management, and Chief Marketing Officer for Zimmer, Inc. Ms. Conley brings extensive orthopedic medical device industry knowledge with a focus on global brand management, marketing, sales, product development and operations. Ms. Conley will serve on the Audit Committee. This appointment brings the total number of independent directors to seven.
“We are pleased to have Sheryl join our Board of Directors as Anika executes on its strategy to transform into a leading joint preservation company,” commented Cheryl R. Blanchard, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Anika. “I have known Sheryl for many years as an innovator and leader in the orthopedic industry and her commercial experience in orthopedics is second to none. She spent more than 25 years at Zimmer in escalating management roles, including as Group President across a variety of product segments and geographies, during which she provided key leadership in the development and commercialization of over 50 industry leading brands. We are very excited for her to bring those experiences to the Anika Board.”
Jeff Thompson, Anika’s Chair of the Board, commented, “Adding Sheryl brings a high degree of industry knowledge, including significant experience in operating fully integrated orthopedic businesses, which will help guide Anika through its transformational journey as it becomes a leading joint preservation company. I look forward to working with Sheryl in her new role.”
Sheryl Conley is currently President and Board Member of AcceLINX, Inc., a musculoskeletal health business accelerator. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Neuronetics, Inc. (NASDAQ: STIM), since October 2019, where she is a member of the Audit and Nominating and Governance Committees. She also serves on the Board for Surgalign, Inc. (NASDAQ: SRGA), since May 2021, where in addition to her role as Chair, she is a member of the Audit Committee. She holds a Bachelor of Science (Biology and Chemistry) and an MBA from Ball State University (IN).
Anika Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ANIK), is a global joint preservation company that creates and delivers meaningful advancements in early intervention orthopedic care. We partner with physicians to understand what they need most to treat their patients and we develop minimally invasive products that restore active living for people around the world. We are committed to leading in high opportunity spaces within orthopedics, including osteoarthritis pain management, regenerative solutions, soft tissue repair and bone preserving joint technologies. For more information, please visit www.anika.com.
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