Management Team

Howard Zauberman
President & Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Zauberman, 60, has over 30 years of experience as a leader in the medical products industry. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Zauberman was Vice President of Business Development at Henry Schein, Inc., a leading global healthcare distributor serving office based medical practitioners, from 2005 through 2012. Mr. Zauberman also served as a Special Venture Partner at Galen Partners, a healthcare growth equity and late stage venture capital firm, focused on technology enabled services, medical devices and specialty pharmaceuticals. Prior to this, Mr. Zauberman held senior management positions at ETHICON, Inc. a Johnson & Johnson company and Pfizer, Inc. Mr. Zauberman has a Masters of Engineering Management from Northwestern University, a Bachelor of Science from Columbia University in mechanical engineering and a Bachelors degree from Queens College.

Mark S. Calak
Vice President of Sales
Mark S. Calak currently serves as Vice President of Sales.  Mark has over 30 years of experience in the medical device industry, in sales management where he has grown revenue and built highly successful sales teams. Mark began his sales career at Smith and Nephew in their wound care division.  He spent 18 years working at Sherwood Medical/Covidien Healthcare where he held various sales management positions with increasing responsibility. Most recently, he has worked as Vice President of Sales at both CCS Medical and Phonak USA, a division of Sonova Inc. Mark earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration from the State University of New York at Fredonia, NY.  

Mark S. Landman
Vice President, Disposables Operations

Mark S. Landman currently serves as Vice President, Disposables Operations.  Mr. Landman has over 30 years experience in the medical device business, and is inventor or co-inventor of several medical device patents.  Mr. Landman joined the Company in January 1991 and has served in a variety of leadership roles in operations, product development, manufacturing engineering, and project management.  Prior to joining Vision-Sciences, Mr. Landman was employed by Boston Scientific where he held various positions of increasing responsibility and led teams in the development of innovative angioplasty and guidewire products.  Mr. Landman earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University. 

Jitu Patel
Vice President, Machida
Jitu Patel joined Vision-Sciences (then known as Machida) in 1975.  From 1975 to 1980, Mr. Patel worked in various medical and industrial capacities and was responsible for setting up new departments necessary to keep pace with the Company’s growth.  From 1980 to 1985, Mr. Patel worked in sales in both the medical and industrial areas, and since 1985 Mr. Patel has managed Vision-Sciences’ Machida industrial division, currently as its Vice President.

Gary Siegel
Vice President, Finance
Mr. Siegel currently serves as Vice President of Finance. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Siegel was Vice President of Finance at Genta Incorporated. Previous positions during his ten years at Genta included Senior Director, Financial Services and Director, Financial Services. Prior to joining Genta, Mr. Siegel worked for two years at Geller & Company, a private consulting firm, where he led the management reporting for a multi-billion dollar client. He also spent 18 years at Warner-Lambert Company and Pfizer Inc., where he held positions of progressively increasing levels of responsibility including Director, Corporate Finance and Director, Financial Planning & Reporting. Mr. Siegel holds a Master of Business Administration from Carnegie-Mellon University and a Bachelor of Science in accounting from the University of Connecticut.

Gerald A. Zukowsky
Vice President, Operations and R&D

Mr. Zukowsky currently serves as Vice President of Operations and R&D. Mr. Zukowsky has over 20 years of leadership experience in the medical device industry. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Zukowsky was Director of Operations at AngioDynamics, a provider of Peripheral Vascular, Vascular Access, and Oncology products. Previously, Mr. Zukowsky held the role of VP of R&D in the NAMIC division of Pfizer, and subsequently Boston Scientific. He also held the role of VP of Operations at Fiberoptic Sensor Technologies, a start-up medical device firm utilizing a novel fiberoptic pressure transducer in a variety of clinical applications. Mr. Zukowsky earned his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is certified in Lean and Six Sigma.

Aaron J. Polak, Esq.
General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

Mr. Polak has served as our General Counsel and corporate secretary on an independent consulting basis since 2008. Mr. Polak has practiced law for 20 years in the medical device, technology, entertainment and retail business area in law firms and as in-house counsel. Mr. Polak served as the general counsel for a number of medical device companies, as assistant general counsel at Ernst & Young and for several years as an associate at Arnold & Porter.  Mr. Polak received his J.D. (magna cum laude) and his B.A. (cum laude) from Boston University. Mr. Polak also maintains his own law firm, focusing on corporate law and business transactions, including representing businesses and investors in private equity, M&A and general commercial matters. Mr. Polak is admitted to the New York and Pennsylvania bars and serves as an adjunct faculty member at New York Law School and the University of Pennsylvania School of Law.

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