Board of Directors

Board of Directors

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Mark Braganza, MD

Executive Partner, GHO Capital

Mark is an experienced healthcare investor with 17 years of healthcare experience and a foundation of medical training, strategic management consulting, and operational roles in the pharmaceutical industry. For seven years he was part of the core healthcare investment team at TPG, initially in San Francisco and subsequently London, where he gained experience with healthcare transactions across growth, novel products / business models, LBO, and structured finance solutions.

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Prior to joining TPG in 2006, he led US Oncology Medical Affairs at Chiron Corporation in California. From 1999 to 2003, Mark worked with Boston Consulting Group in London, advising clients in pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and healthcare strategy. Mark has degrees in Medicine and Physiology from Clare College, University of Cambridge.

Edward De Nor

Edward De Nor

Executive Partner, GHO Capital

Edward is an experienced private equity executive with 25 years of financial and principal investing experience. He has spent the last ten years focused on growth investments in the European mid-market, firstly with Carrycastle, an advisory and investment firm partnering with private family enterprise, and latterly as a Partner with G Square, a private equity firm dedicated to the European healthcare sector.

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Prior to that, he was Regional Head of the UK and Northern European private equity business for Goldman Sachs’ Principal Investments Area, where he was responsible for over $1bn of investment in five portfolio companies in Europe and North America. Edward began his career with IBM in engineering and corporate development, working then with technologies that are prevalent in the healthcare industry today. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University and an MBA from the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University.

Connie Hallquist

President & CEO, DDC

Ms. Hallquist is President and CEO of DNA Diagnostics Center (DDC), a leading DNA testing company based in Fairfield, Ohio which offers DNA testing services such as paternity, immigration, ancestry, veterinary, and forensics through multiple channels including direct to consumer, retail, distributors and government bodies. Prior DDC, she was President of Healthy Directions, a Helen of Troy company (NASDAQ: HELE).

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She joined Healthy Directions, LLC in 2010 as Executive Vice President, Merchandising and New Product Development, and in 2012 she became President and CEO. Previously, she served as President, New Business Ventures, for Orchard Brands, a $1 billion catalog holding company. In 2007, Orchard Brands acquired the company that Ms. Hallquist founded in 2000, Gold Violin, a multi-channel retailer offering helpful products for independent living. Prior to Gold Violin, Ms. Hallquist held the position of Managing Director at Prophet, a brand strategy consulting firm, where she oversaw the firm’s flagship clients including Williams-Sonoma, Audi, UBS, and Levi Strauss & Co. Ms. Hallquist started her marketing career in brand management at Kraft Foods. She received a BA in French Language & Literature from the University of Virginia and an MBA degree from the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia.

Lori Tauber Marcus

Founder, Courtyard Connections

Lori Marcus is an independent board director and the founder of Courtyard Connections – an advisory firm focused on Marketing and Leadership in the consumer goods, retail, foodservice, and consumer electronics industries. Most recently, Lori was Chief Global Brand and Product Officer at Keurig Green Mountain.

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With more than 30 years of broad-based marketing and general management experience, Lori was responsible for global brand and product management for the Keurig system of innovative coffee brewers and beverages. She also drove the development of the groundbreaking cold beverage system, Keurig KoldT, partnering with world-class companies like The Coca-Cola Company & Dr. Pepper Snapple Group. During her tenure at Keurig Green Mountain, she also led the company’s global marketing efforts and all aspects of e-commerce, digital/social media, marketing insights, and graphic design.

Previously, Lori was the SVP, Chief Marketing Officer of The Children’s Place Retail Stores. Prior to that, she spent 24 years with PepsiCo in marketing positions of increasing responsibility, culminating in her appointment as Senior Vice President, Marketing Activation for PepsiCo Beverages, North America. Her previous PepsiCo experience included responsibility for global strategic initiatives, product innovation, customer marketing, brand marketing, and strategy in their beverage and foodservice divisions.

She earned her BS degree in Marketing from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Marcus currently serves as the non-executive Chairman of the Board for DDC, DNA Diagnostics Center. She is also the Vice-Chairman of the Board for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF). Additionally, she serves on the CMO advisory board for VentureBeat and is a board advisor to Carrington Farms.

Peter Vitulli

Former President & CEO, DDC

Peter Vitulli, former President and Chief Executive Officer of DDC retired in March 2016. He has 35 years experience within the consumer products and healthcare industries in both large corporation and entrepreneurial companies. Prior to DDC, he served as the President and CEO of Sciona, Inc., a pioneering Personal Genetics company that provided customized health and wellness solutions. Before Sciona, he was the President and CEO of Amerifit Nutrition, Inc., a nutritional supplement company focused on women’s health.

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Before that he served as the President and CEO of Everfresh Beverages, a private equity backed juice drink company. He spent the first 16 years of his career at the Quaker Oats Company, most recently as President of the North American Gatorade Business, one of the premier functional food products in the world. During his tenure at Quaker, he worked in several divisions including a two-year tenure in Quaker’s United Kingdom subsidiary. Peter received his Bachelor’s Degree from Holy Cross College and an MBA from New York University. He currently serves on the Boards of DDC and Woodbury Health Products.

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Mark Braganza, MD | Executive Partner, GHO Capital

Mark is an experienced healthcare investor with 17 years of healthcare experience and a foundation of medical training, strategic management consulting, and operational roles in the pharmaceutical industry. For seven years he was part of the core healthcare investment team at TPG, initially in San Francisco and subsequently London, where he gained experience with healthcare transactions across growth, novel products / business models, LBO, and structured finance solutions.

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Prior to joining TPG in 2006, he led US Oncology Medical Affairs at Chiron Corporation in California. From 1999 to 2003, Mark worked with Boston Consulting Group in London, advising clients in pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and healthcare strategy. Mark has degrees in Medicine and Physiology from Clare College, University of Cambridge.

Edward De Nor

Edward De Nor | Executive Partner, GHO Capital

Edward is an experienced private equity executive with 25 years of financial and principal investing experience. He has spent the last ten years focused on growth investments in the European mid-market, firstly with Carrycastle, an advisory and investment firm partnering with private family enterprise, and latterly as a Partner with G Square, a private equity firm dedicated to the European healthcare sector.

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Prior to that, he was Regional Head of the UK and Northern European private equity business for Goldman Sachs’ Principal Investments Area, where he was responsible for over $1bn of investment in five portfolio companies in Europe and North America. Edward began his career with IBM in engineering and corporate development, working then with technologies that are prevalent in the healthcare industry today. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University and an MBA from the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University.

Connie Hallquist | President & CEO, DDC

Ms. Hallquist is President and CEO of DNA Diagnostics Center (DDC), a leading DNA testing company based in Fairfield, Ohio which offers DNA testing services such as paternity, immigration, ancestry, veterinary, and forensics through multiple channels including direct to consumer, retail, distributors and government bodies. Prior DDC, she was President of Healthy Directions, a Helen of Troy company (NASDAQ: HELE).

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She joined Healthy Directions, LLC in 2010 as Executive Vice President, Merchandising and New Product Development, and in 2012 she became President and CEO. Previously, she served as President, New Business Ventures, for Orchard Brands, a $1 billion catalog holding company. In 2007, Orchard Brands acquired the company that Ms. Hallquist founded in 2000, Gold Violin, a multi-channel retailer offering helpful products for independent living. Prior to Gold Violin, Ms. Hallquist held the position of Managing Director at Prophet, a brand strategy consulting firm, where she oversaw the firm’s flagship clients including Williams-Sonoma, Audi, UBS, and Levi Strauss & Co. Ms. Hallquist started her marketing career in brand management at Kraft Foods. She received a BA in French Language & Literature from the University of Virginia and an MBA degree from the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia.

Lori Tauber Marcus | Founder, Courtyard Connections

Lori Marcus is an independent board director and the founder of Courtyard Connections – an advisory firm focused on Marketing and Leadership in the consumer goods, retail, foodservice, and consumer electronics industries. Most recently, Lori was Chief Global Brand and Product Officer at Keurig Green Mountain.

Read More

With more than 30 years of broad-based marketing and general management experience, Lori was responsible for global brand and product management for the Keurig system of innovative coffee brewers and beverages. She also drove the development of the groundbreaking cold beverage system, Keurig KoldT, partnering with world-class companies like The Coca-Cola Company & Dr. Pepper Snapple Group. During her tenure at Keurig Green Mountain, she also led the company’s global marketing efforts and all aspects of e-commerce, digital/social media, marketing insights, and graphic design.

Previously, Lori was the SVP, Chief Marketing Officer of The Children’s Place Retail Stores. Prior to that, she spent 24 years with PepsiCo in marketing positions of increasing responsibility, culminating in her appointment as Senior Vice President, Marketing Activation for PepsiCo Beverages, North America. Her previous PepsiCo experience included responsibility for global strategic initiatives, product innovation, customer marketing, brand marketing, and strategy in their beverage and foodservice divisions.

She earned her BS degree in Marketing from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Marcus currently serves as the non-executive Chairman of the Board for DDC, DNA Diagnostics Center. She is also the Vice-Chairman of the Board for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF). Additionally, she serves on the CMO advisory board for VentureBeat and is a board advisor to Carrington Farms.

Peter Vitulli | Former President & CEO, DDC

Peter Vitulli, former President and Chief Executive Officer of DDC retired in March 2016. He has 35 years experience within the consumer products and healthcare industries in both large corporation and entrepreneurial companies. Prior to DDC, he served as the President and CEO of Sciona, Inc., a pioneering Personal Genetics company that provided customized health and wellness solutions. Before Sciona, he was the President and CEO of Amerifit Nutrition, Inc., a nutritional supplement company focused on women’s health.

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Before that he served as the President and CEO of Everfresh Beverages, a private equity backed juice drink company. He spent the first 16 years of his career at the Quaker Oats Company, most recently as President of the North American Gatorade Business, one of the premier functional food products in the world. During his tenure at Quaker, he worked in several divisions including a two-year tenure in Quaker’s United Kingdom subsidiary. Peter received his Bachelor’s Degree from Holy Cross College and an MBA from New York University. He currently serves on the Boards of DDC and Woodbury Health Products.