BOSTON, MA--(Marketwired - Sep 7, 2016) - InspireMD, Inc. (NYSE MKT: NSPR) (NYSE MKT: NSPR.WS) ("InspireMD" or the "Company"), a leader in embolic prevention systems (EPS), neurovascular devices and thrombus management technologies, today announced the appointment of Thomas Kester to the Company's Board of Directors and Chairman of the Company's Audit Committee. Mr. Kester brings over 40 years of public accounting experience as well as Board member experience with publicly traded companies.
"Tom has extensive audit and Director experience and we are pleased to welcome him to the InspireMD Board," said James Barry, PhD, Chief Executive Officer of InspireMD. "His expertise and insight will be assets for our company as we expand our commercial opportunities for CGuard™ EPS and MGuard Prime™ EPS and advance additional development programs that have the potential to transform the treatment and outcomes for patients with neurovascular and cardiovascular diseases."
Mr. Kester's experience includes 28 years at KPMG LLP, a leading global accounting firm, including 18 years as an audit partner. In this capacity a few of his major clients included BMW Manufacturing Corp, Fuji Photo Film, Kemet Electronics, Cryovac, a division of Sealed Air Corp and Bowater, Inc. He also has more than a decade of Board experience with several public and not-for-profit organizations, including over six years with Orthofix International, a global medical device company, where he was Chairman of the Compensation Committee and a member of the Audit Committee. He is currently the Chief Financial Officer of Kester Search Group, Inc, a private executive search firm specializing in sales force placement for medical, dental and diagnostic device companies. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from Harvard University.
"InspireMD has a truly innovative technology that has broad potential to improve human health and patient outcomes, and I am excited for the opportunity to join the Company's Board of Directors," said Mr. Kester. "I believe that InspireMD is positioned for growth and I look forward to working with the management team and the other Board members to realize the potential of the Company's products, pipeline, and technology."
About InspireMD, Inc.
InspireMD seeks to utilize its proprietary MicroNet™ technology to make its products the industry standard for embolic protection and to provide a superior solution to the key clinical issues of current stenting in patients with a high risk of distal embolization, no reflow and major adverse cardiac events.
InspireMD intends to pursue applications of this MicroNet technology in coronary, carotid (CGuard™), neurovascular, and peripheral artery procedures. InspireMD's common stock is quoted on the NYSE MKT under the ticker symbol NSPR and certain warrants are quoted on the NYSE MKT under the ticker symbol NSPR.WS.
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