Our leadership

Kurt Azarbarzin  - President & CEO

Kurt Azarbarzin

President & CEO

Kurt is President and CEO of Verb Surgical, and a member of the board of directors. He brings over 30 years of medical device industry and surgery market experience to the company. In his most recent role, he was Chief Technology Officer at ConMed Corporation (NASDAQ: CNMD), a global medical company specializing in surgical and patient monitoring technology.

Prior to ConMed, Kurt was the founder and CEO of SurgiQuest, Inc., a venture-backed medical device company that developed and commercialized innovative technologies for minimally invasive and robotic surgery, including the AirSeal® platform, and was later successfully acquired by ConMed. Prior to SurgiQuest, Kurt held numerous R&D leadership positions at Covidien (now part of Medtronic). He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors at Standard Bariatrics, Inc. and TELA Bio, Inc., and a member of the Executive Board at the Center for Biomedical Innovation and Technology at Yale University.

Kurt earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Bridgeport and completed advanced graduate studies in mechanical design at Bridgeport Engineering Institute and manufacturing engineering at Bradley University. In his free time, he is an avid equestrian and soccer enthusiast. Kurt currently resides in Connecticut and is looking forward to relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife Massi.

Dave Herrmann  - Senior Vice President, Marketing and Business Development

Dave Herrmann

Senior Vice President, Marketing and Business Development

Dave brings more than 15 years of marketing, business development and commercialization experience to Verb Surgical, where he serves as Senior Vice President, Marketing and Business Development.

On why he joined Verb: “The chance to work in a start-up environment, while partnering with the world’s largest healthcare company and the world’s largest technology company, was the draw. We have the opportunity to impact patient care on a global scale, while at the same time transforming our industry.”

Prior to joining Verb, Dave led the U.S. Marketing organization of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care with responsibility for marketing ACUVUE™ brand contact lenses to consumers and doctors. Prior to this, Dave held positions of increasing responsibility with the Johnson & Johnson Ethicon and Ethicon Endo-Surgery divisions, most recently leading global marketing for the Ethicon $3 billion endo-mechanical business.

Throughout his career, Dave has partnered extensively with physicians, providers, and patients in leading more than 20 product launches into new and existing healthcare categories. These launches have been responsible for more than $1 billion in growth revenue.

Prior to Johnson & Johnson, Dave worked for General Electric in new product development and marketing in the technology and consumer electronics industries. He received his Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from the University of Notre Dame and his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Pablo E. Garcia Kilroy  - Vice President of Applied Research and Technology

Pablo E. Garcia Kilroy

Vice President of Applied Research and Technology

Pablo is leading Verb Surgical research in medical robotics as the Vice President of Applied Research and Technology. Prior to his role at Verb, Pablo worked at SRI International for 20 years, directing more than $50 million in novel research and development programs in robotics and medical devices.

Pablo has led numerous research programs sponsored by healthcare and robotics companies, as well as the Department of Defense, NASA, and DARPA. Some of his programs included the development of remote telementoring and robotic surgical system for the DoD, the first electrical dynamic walking humanoid (Durus) for DARPA and the development of the core robotic technologies which were adopted by Verb Surgical. Pablo is excited to see some of this technology become a reality through Verb. His research interests include medical devices, robots and machine learning. He co-founded MISTRAL, a collaboration with Stanford University and funded by the FDA, intended to foster innovation in the development of medical devices for the underserved pediatric population.

Prior to robotics, Pablo worked on the development of nuclear reactors for General Electric. He holds more than 30 U.S. and foreign patents. He earned his Master of Science in mechanical engineering from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in industrial and mechanical engineering from the Universidad Pontificia de Comillas in Madrid, Spain. When Pablo is not thinking about robots, you can find him with his family, swimming, surfing or making paellas.

Theresa L. Dadone  - Vice President of People Operations

Theresa L. Dadone

Vice President of People Operations

Theresa has dedicated her more than 20 year career to the development of corporate environments that inspire teams to do their best work. She has a passion for driving a process for planned change and understands what it takes for a company to be successful at all stages of its evolution.

Theresa has held executive leadership positions in WebMD, Synopsys, Hewlett Packard and Accuray and helped guide these companies through major business transformations by focusing on the development, implementation and management of People strategies designed to drive strategic business imperatives.

Her areas of expertise include integrated people strategy development and execution, executive and mid-level coaching, organizational design and transformation and change leadership. Additionally, she has deep experience in all aspects of mergers and acquisitions.

Theresa is active in several industry associations including Bay Area HR Executives Council (BAHREC), Executive Exchange and California Strategic Human Resource Partnership (CSHRP). She is the recipient of a numerous awards and recognitions including Gold Quill award for communications effectiveness, National Printers award for collateral material, Human Resources Innovation award, and HR Excellence recognition. She is a published author on Merger Integration, Driving Business Results with HR Strategy and Reinvention vs. Evolution. She has served on numerous Boards and held officer roles for nonprofits including the YWCA and Cancer CarePoint.

She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Counseling Psychology and completed all course work for her MS in Psychology from San Jose State University.

Anand Sethuraman  - Vice President of Legal

Anand Sethuraman

Vice President of Legal

Anand has been practicing law for more than 22 years in private practice law firms and with corporations as in-house counsel. His career started at the intellectual property law firm Blakely Sokoloff Taylor & Zafman in Los Angeles focusing on patents and trademarks. After five years, Anand opened his own law practice focused on patents, licensing and commercial agreements. He subsequently spent two years in a senior role at the AmLaw 100 firm of Pillsbury Winthrop. In 2002, Anand joined Siemens as in-house IP Counsel. There he managed all IP matters for a variety of business divisions including Ultrasound, Oncology Care, Light Rail, OLED and Enterprise Software. In 2007, he joined Apple as patent counsel leading patent and IP matters for the iPhone/iPod division. There he spent seven years leading and coordinating iPhone patent development, IP counseling on commercial agreements and support of major mobile device litigation including matters involving Nokia, HTC, Samsung and others. After managing a team of attorneys at Apple, Anand joined the Licensing and Strategy team at Apple focusing on third-party pre-litigation matters, licensing and IP strategy, as well as business conduct and employment issues.

Anand is currently the Vice President of Legal. He joined Verb Surgical to influence technology development that impacts the world. In Apple’s case, this was the iPhone. At Verb, it is the democratization of surgery.

He has been active in volunteering for local school boards, PTAs and National Junior Basketball as a coach. Anand is married with three children and Leia, a golden retriever. He enjoys basketball and investing in his spare time. He graduated cum laude from Northwestern University with a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering and a J.D. from Notre Dame. He is a member of the State Bar of California and a Registered Patent Attorney and holds four issued US patents.

John Magnasco  - Vice President of Quality and Regulatory

John Magnasco

Vice President of Quality and Regulatory

John is an engineer, entrepreneur and technical executive who has brought more than 50 products to market and holds 16 U.S. patents. John currently serves as Associate Vice President of Quality and Regulatory for Verb Surgical. Intrigued by the partnership of Johnson & Johnson and Google, John joined Verb in January 2016 to act as a right arm for Research and Development by building a strong, scalable quality system, driving quality into the product and defining an integrated regulatory strategy.

Before joining Verb, John was Vice President of Operations and Quality at Broncus Medical, a computer-aided surgical navigation company for biopsy, access and treatment of lung cancer, where he led all functions except Research and Development and Clinical, including raising more than $13 million in equity. In 2002, John took a position with Intuitive Surgical, where he led Program Management and NPI for the da Vinci Surgical system through the IS1100, IS1200 and IS2000 Research and Development and launch efforts. John played a significant role in the development and launch of the first four-arm robotic surgical system, first 3DHD visualization system, and first robotic beating heart stabilizer, while growing the company from 75 employees in 2002 to 500+ employees, with revenue exceeding $500 million five years later. Having worked at Hello Direct prior as Vice President of Research and Development and Quality, John helped close an acquisition by GN Netcom in 2000 for $100 million after 13 quarters of record revenue/earnings growth. John also worked with a number of start-ups as a functional head or founder, including a small fluidics robot that sampled blood of ICU patients, a Stanford-based brain imaging, post-stroke perfusion company and Geneva CleanTech as President and CEO where he secured $1 million in NRE contracts with Siemens, Sumitomo and NTT.

Notable achievements in the consumer electronics space includes the first high-speed ATA voice coil-based hard drives in the early 1990s with Control Data, the first full-duplex cellular hands-free car kit in 1996 which was sold to Delco Electronics and integrated into OnStar and the first Bluetooth headset in 2000 with GN Netcom. He graduated magna cum laude from San Jose State University in 1994 with a Bachelor’s in industrial and systems engineering. In his spare time, John curates a fine mineral collection, conducts mining and mineral collecting operations and enjoys travel around the world with his wife.

Frank Schembri Jr.  - Associate Vice President of NPI and Manufacturing

Frank Schembri Jr.

Associate Vice President of NPI and Manufacturing

Frank started his professional career at Varian Associates designing airborne electronic countermeasures during the Reagan era. He transitioned to medical products, gathering 30+ years of experience with the design, manufacture and service of complex capital equipment and sterile disposable devices. He has led research and development, manufacturing, supply chain, document control, facilities and service organizations at start-ups and multinational companies.

He led the production and factory design for large scale MRI equipment at Resonex (acquired by GE) and led manufacturing and engineering teams at Acuson/Siemens Ultrasound Division for 14+ years.

Frank served as Vice President Manufacturing and Service at Hansen Medical, a start-up catheter robotics company where he was in charge of developing teams, processes, equipment and facilities for both dispoables and capital equipment.

As a manufacturing consultant, Frank worked with venture capital and start-up firms developing home healthcare devices and medical diagnostic products produced in Asia.

Just prior to joining Verb Surgical as head of New Product Introduction and Manufacturing, Frank consulted for SRI and Ethicon, contributing to the manufacturing strategy for the Verb product.

At Verb, Frank leads New Product Introduction teams, including Test and Manufacturing Engineering, Prototyping, Supply Chain and Service. Frank says “the opportunity to work with the combined ONE Team resources of Ethicon, Verily and Verb, and to contribute to changing surgery is both exciting and gratifying.”

Frank graduated in engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo when cows still outnumbered students. He is a licensed professional manufacturing engineer in California and holds a Regulatory Affairs Certificate-International Focus from the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society.

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