Mardil Inc. (Mardil), a cardiac medical device company, has appointed Daniel A. Pelak to its board of directors. Currently Pelak is senior advisor to the private equity firm Welsh, Carson, Anderson and Stowe. Earlier he served as the chief executive officer (CEO) of InnerPulse Inc. and as the CEO of Closure Medical Corp. until its acquisition by Johnson & Johnson in 2005.
Pelak began his career at Medtronic Inc., where he advanced through multiple management roles over a 20-year period. His executive positions at Medtronic included vice president of cardiovascular marketing as well as vice president and general manager of three operating divisions: Nortech, Cardiac Surgery Technology, and Perfusion Systems.
Pelak’s significant experience in the field of cardiac medical devices will serve as a guiding force for Mardil, a company that has rapidly advanced its unique device from the development stage to human trials within a span of 2 years, according to Gopal Muppirala, CEO and co-founder of Mardil.
“Dan has a long history as a senior executive in the medical device industry, garnering multiple successes in growing young companies and managing corporate operating divisions,” said Jai Ramon Mardil co-founder and professor of surgery and director of adult cardiac surgery and cardiothoracic surgical research at the University of Chicago. “He has a wealth of experience commercializing cardiac devices, and we look forward to adding someone with Dan’s background to our board.”