President and Chief Executive Officer
Shervin brings to BVI over 25 years of general management, operational, financial, and investment experience across a diverse array of industries including healthcare, consumer products, industrial manufacturing and financial services. Prior to BVI, Shervin was a senior executive with Swiss headquartered Novartis Group AG, one of the largest global healthcare companies, holding roles which included Global Head of Corporate Finance and several country/regional commercial roles. Before Novartis, he started his career and spent 15 years with The Blackstone Group, one of the world’s leading alternative investment firms, most recently as a Managing Director with experience in both the Restructuring and Private Equity businesses. In addition, Shervin is a co-founder of Sight Sciences (Nasdaq: SGHT), a growth-stage medical device company focused on transforming glaucoma and dry eye treatment. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of BVI (member of the Compensation Committee), Hain Celestial (Nasdaq: HAIN; member of the Compensation Committee and Chair of the Strategy Committee) and Motus GI (Nasdaq: MOTS; member of the Compensation Committee). In addition, Shervin serves on the Wharton Leadership Advisory Board, established by the Center for Leadership and Change Management at the University of Pennsylvania. Shervin graduated with a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Chief Financial Officer
Todd Patriacca brings more than 25 years of financial experience with an extensive background in handling complex matters including M&A, IPOs, debt and equity financing, commercial agreements, financial accounting and controls, compliance, information systems, and investor relations. Prior to BVI, Todd was Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer at Altra Industrial Motion, a publicly traded global industrial manufacturer of motion control, power transmission, and automation products with 9,000+ employees and sales in 100+ countries. He was a core member of an executive team that successfully executed a strategy to grow the business from $300 million to $2 billion in annual revenues through a combination of organic growth and strategic M&A. In addition, Todd has affiliations at the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants, American Institute of Certified Public Accounts, Chartered Global Management Accountant, and Manufacturers Alliance (MAPI) CFO Council. Todd holds two Masters’s degrees in Business Administration and Science in Accounting from Boston Northeastern University.
Vice President of Research and Development
Mikhail Boukhny brings over 25 years of leadership experience in Surgical Ophthalmology. Until 2018 he lead Alcon’s Surgical Instrumentation R&D in Cataract, Vitreoretinal, Refractive and Diagnostics areas. Mikhail has grown through the ranks at Alcon, developing many breakthrough products, including Torsional ultrasound and Centurion Vision System. He combines a deep understanding of unmet clinical and business needs with the ability to bring breakthrough innovation to commercial success as well as to create strong teams. Mikhail holds over 70 patents; while at Alcon he was repeatedly recognized for his accomplishments, including the prestigious Novartis VIVA award. Most recently Mikhail was leading Zeiss MediTec Surgical R&D, Ophthalmology where, in addition to equipment, he was responsible for IOLs, IOL delivery systems and OVDs. Dr. Boukhny received his M.S. in Biophysics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Virginia.
Andrew (Andy) Dawson
Chief Human Resources Officer & Head of Corporate Communications
Andrew (Andy) Dawson brings more than 20 years of experience in human resource strategy and management with some of the world’s leading Healthcare and Biopharma companies. Mr. Dawson started his career in Human Resources with Eli Lilly and Company and continued to grow his career through progressive HR leadership roles at both Novartis and Roche around the globe, including the formation of the Vaccines and Diagnostics Business following Novartis’ acquisition of Chiron. Upon joining Shire in 2014, he played a key leadership role in re-imagining the global HR function during a significant time of transformation. While there, he helped lead the organization through significant change and growth following numerous mergers and acquisitions including the leadership of the new global site strategy following the $32bn acquisition of Baxalta, and the design and execution of the new organization design for the expanded company. Following this, Mr Dawson held roles of increasing scope and responsibility at TripAdvisor and most recently leading the Human Resources function for emerging, pre-commercial companies in the Biotech space. Mr Dawson is a member of the Forbes HR Leadership Council, serves on the advisory board(s) for LEAP HR and BioPharma Talent / CBI. Mr Dawson holds a Masters Degree in Human Resources Management and Development from the University of Salford (Manchester, UK).
Vice President, North America Commercial
Darin Dixon brings over 22 years of sales and sales leadership in both global and domestic capacities with the majority of his career in the Ophthalmology sector. Prior to BVI, Darin led AcuFocus as the Vice President of Global Sales through FDA approval and effectively commercialized the KAMRA™ Corneal Inlay as a disruptive, first of its kind technology within the corneal and refractive markets. Prior to AcuFocus, he served as Vice President of US Sales at MicroSurgical Technologies (MST) managing all direct, and distributor sales teams. Most of his career in ophthalmology, he served as a Senior Director at Abbott Medical Optics (AMO) with increasing responsibilities over its US cataract, refractive, and premium surgical business units. Prior to medical devices, he held several senior director level positions with a successful track record within the Executive Search industry. Darin earned a B.A. from University of Utah with a major in Organizational Communications and minor in Japanese.
Vice President, Corporate Development & General Counsel
Jean-Nicolas (“JN”) Fassin has 15 years of experience in M&A, corporate finance, strategy and law. He joined the BVI leadership team following the acquisition of PhysIOL® by BVI in late 2018. Prior to joining PhysIOL® in 2017, JN was a Senior Manager at BDO Corporate Finance in Belgium advising clients on small- and mid-sized M&A transactions, valuation and financial due diligence across various industries. He also worked as management consultant at McKinsey & Company focusing on strategy assignments and as lawyer in top tier law firms advising clients on M&A, litigation and corporate law matters. He has an MBA from London Business School, an LLM from Columbia Law School and is a graduate of Sciences Po Paris and the University of Liège, Faculty of Law.
Senior Vice President, International Commercial
Denis Hinaut brings more than 30 years of experience in sales, marketing, dealer management, and sales management in the medical field. Prior to BVI, Mr. Hinaut served as Director of International Sales and Marketing for BD Medical-Ophthalmic Systems. In 2000, he was given the task to develop and build the BD ophthalmic business in Europe. He successfully grew the European region to be the largest worldwide for BD in sales and revenue. Mr. Hinaut has a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Economics from ESC Lille, France.
Senior Vice President, Global Operations and Technology
Christine Lucas brings more than 20 years of progressive experience in global operations including manufacturing, supply chain and engineering. Serving most recent as Vice President of Operations at Zimmer Biomet Holding, Inc., where she was focused was on end-to-end global supply chain, operations excellence and new product introductions. Christine was responsible for leading the Dental business unit supply chain organization including its global distribution and manufacturing footprint. Prior to Zimmer, Christine held a variety of operating roles at Biomet 3i, Boston Scientific and King Systems. Christine earned an Associate of Science degree in Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering from the Institute Universitaire de Technologie in France and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from the Université de Technologie in Compiègne, France.
Vice President, Global Marketing and Product Strategy
Erin Schallhorn Powers is a passionate and dedicated ophthalmic industry professional, bringing over 15 years of experience to BVI. Prior to joining the team, she held leadership positions at Carl Zeiss Meditec, Alcon, and Abbott Medical Optics. Her previous experiences include establishing strategic business functions, driving ophthalmic and optometric marketing segments, as well as global organizational design. She is the President-Elect and on the Board of Directors of the Ophthalmic World Leaders organization, Co-Chair of the Women of Dartmouth Leadership Committee, and holds an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and the London Business School.
Devang V. Shah, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President, Business Operations and Quality Assurance
Devang Shah brings to BVI over 15 years of experience building and leading teams in medical device R&D, Strategy and Business Development. Throughout his tenure at Bard, Devang held roles of increasing responsibility focused on creating and executing against product development pipelines that addressed significant unmet clinical needs and delivered organic revenue growth. While co-leading Bard’s Tissue Regeneration Franchise, Devang and his team supported the development and commercial launch of innovative new product lines which have generated organic revenues of >$100 million. His career began at Boston Scientific as a Consultant in the Urology & Women’s Health Division. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute followed by a Master of Engineering in Chemical Engineering from Tufts University. He subsequently earned a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Northeastern University and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.