SOURCE: Health Hero Network

October 17, 2005 08:00 ET

Health Hero Network Expands Executive Team to Support Explosive Growth

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 17, 2005 -- Health Hero Network has appointed new members to its executive team to support and accelerate the growth of the company and its home health monitoring technology, the Health Buddy® system. The new positions include a Chief Operating Officer and Vice Presidents of account management, business development, engineering, finance, manufacturing and logistics and quality assurance and regulatory affairs.

"Our company is growing as our customers and the health care industry as a whole recognize that a better system of care is possible for people with chronic illness," said Steve Brown, CEO of Health Hero Network. "We are excited to bring together a team with such extensive experience to support and further develop the success of the Health Buddy system."

The new members of the executive team are:

Philip Bouchard, Chief Operating Officer.

Mr. Bouchard brings more than 21 years of telecom, software publishing, network infrastructure, business application development and application management experience to Health Hero Network. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Health Hero Network and is a key contributor to the organizational strategy. Prior to joining the company, Bouchard was CFO of Synfora, an enterprise software company for semiconductor design, COO and Director of Avasta, an enterprise application management company, CFO for ThinkLink, an application service provider for messaging and communications, and Vice President of Operations at GTE Internetworking, a provider of e-commerce applications and hosting solutions. His previous experience includes being CFO of Genuity, acquired by GTE, CFO of CAPS Productions, Director of Finance at Electronic Arts and senior management positions at ROLM/IBM. Mr. Bouchard holds a BA degree in Economics from Princeton University and an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago. He also served in the United States Navy's SEAL Team 2. Mr. Bouchard joined the company in December 2004.

Steven L. Barbato, VP of Manufacturing and Logistics.

Mr. Barbato has 33 years of operations experience in chemical, medical, diagnostics, and biotechnology businesses. He recently served as Vice President of Operations for BD Biosciences. Prior roles included Vice President of Operations for Cholestech Corporation; taking the company's operations from late-stage development into full-scale commercialization. In 15 years with Baxter International, Inc., he held various responsible positions including Vice President of Operations at Pandex, a biotechnical instrument and reagent development division; Director of Manufacturing at Paramax, manufacturing blood chemistry analyzers and consumables. He has also served as an advisor for the Haas School of Business. Mr. Barbato has BS degree in Chemical Engineering from Northeastern University and an MBA from Xavier University. Mr. Barbato joined the company in June 2005.

Karen Flores, VP of Account Management.

Dr. Flores has over 24 years of operations, business management, and organizational development experience in the health care field. She is responsible for overall account management and the development of new business and customer relationships for Health Hero Network. Prior to joining the company, Dr. Flores most recently provided health care consulting services to a diverse national client base as President of Health Management Group, Inc. She previously served as President of Advanced Infusion Systems, taking the company from start-up mode into a leading role in the California home infusion industry and through to acquisition by Hillhaven, a Fortune 500 company. Dr. Flores has served on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Health System Pharmacists and is currently a Board of Directors member for the National Home Infusion Association. She has a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy. Dr. Flores joined the company in September 2005.

Michael Howells, VP of Engineering.

Mr. Howells brings over 20 years of experience in software, semiconductors, embedded systems and IT systems management to Health Hero Network. He is responsible for the company's software and hardware development and IT/Datacenter operations. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Howells co-founded App2App, an embedded systems organization targeting biometric access control. During his 10-year career at LogicVision, he held the role of VP Engineering and, for a time, was Acting VP Marketing. Mr. Howells has also held senior positions in semiconductor engineering and marketing at Mitsubishi Electronics. He holds a BS and MS degree in Electrical Engineering from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Mr. Howells joined the company in October 2005.

Andrea Kappenman, VP of Finance.

Ms. Kappenman has over 14 years of experience in financial management with an expertise in high growth technology and consumer products industries. She is responsible for managing Health Hero Network's financial reporting, planning, compliance and control functions. Prior to joining Health Hero Network, Ms. Kappenman was the Controller, Americas Sales & Marketing at Palm Inc. She also held the positions of Vice President Finance and Vice President Corporate Controller at Wireless Facilities Inc., where she launched the company's Initial Public Offering. Her previous experience includes being Controller at Orca Bay Capital Corporation and Manager in the accounting and auditing department at the public accounting firm, Clark Nuber & Company. Ms. Kappenman is a Certified Public Accountant and holds an MBA and Certificate in Global Management from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. Ms. Kappenman joined the company in September 2005.

Naghmeh Nouri, VP of Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs.

Ms. Nouri joins Health Hero Network bringing 14 years of experience with the medical device industry and her expertise in national and international quality systems and regulations. She leads the regulatory compliance and submissions as well as the quality engineering and systems activities within the company. Prior to joining Health Hero Network, Ms. Nouri held the positions of VP of Quality Assurance and Operations at Radiant Medical Inc. She was a Product Assurance Manager at Revivant Corporation, and at Aradigm. Ms. Nouri has also held Senior Design and Quality Engineering positions at Ventritex and Siemens Medical. She holds a MS and a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University and New Jersey Institute of Technology. Ms. Nouri joined the company in October 2005.

Suneel Ratan, VP of Business Development.

Mr. Ratan has 17 years of experience as a journalist and product- and business-development executive. He is responsible for developing strategic alliances for the company. Mr. Ratan started his career as a Washington-based economics correspondent for TIME and FORTUNE magazines, both part of Time Warner. His coverage included the growing impact of entitlement programs such as Medicare and Social Security on the federal budget. He went on to hold executive positions in the online efforts of Electronic Arts and Channel One, the national in-school news network that is a unit of Primedia. He holds a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and a BA degree in Political Science from Columbia University. Mr. Ratan joined the company in December 2003.

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About Health Hero Network

Health Hero Network develops and markets the Health Buddy® system for health improvement. The Health Buddy system serves as the interface between patients at home and care providers, facilitating patient education and monitoring of chronic conditions. The system includes monitoring technologies, clinical information databases, Internet-enabled decision support tools, health management programs and content development tools. Through increased communication, behavior modification, and prevention, the Health Buddy system improves the quality of care. Based in Mountain View, California, Health Hero Network's systems are protected by over 55 issued US patents.

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