Dr. Wrighton-Smith is our Chief Executive Officer and a Director. He has held both positions since founding Oxford Immunotec in 2002. Before founding Oxford Immunotec, Dr. Wrighton-Smith held senior positions with PowderJect Pharmaceuticals PLC, including senior projects director, a business development role, and managing director of PowderJect Diagnostics Ltd., a subsidiary of PowderJect engaged in the development of cellular immune based diagnostics. During his tenure with PowderJect, the company became a global vaccines business with more than 1,000 employees. Dr. Wrighton-Smith has a Masters in Engineering, Economics & Management, and a Doctorate in Medical Engineering, both from Oxford University.
Mr. Altieri is our Chief Financial Officer, a position he has held since joining our company in 2012. Before joining Oxford Immunotec, from 2007 through 2011, Mr. Altieri was vice president and chief financial officer of Salient Surgical Technologies, Inc., a medical technology company that developed and marketed surgical advanced energy products. From 2004 to 2007, Mr. Altieri was senior vice president of finance and chief financial officer of Straumann USA, a global leader in the field of implant dentistry and dental tissue regeneration. Earlier in his career, beginning in 1992, Mr. Altieri was vice president and chief financial officer of Mitek Surgical Products, Inc., which was acquired by Johnson & Johnson in 1995. Following the acquisition, Mr. Altieri continued to oversee the financial operations of DePuy Mitek as vice president – finance through 2004. Mr. Altieri earned his Bachelors degree in Accounting from Northeastern University and his Masters in Business Administration from Babson College.
Mr. Schroeder has been our Chief Commercial Officer since 2013, overseeing worldwide sales and marketing operations. Prior to becoming our Chief Commercial Officer, Mr. Schroeder served as our President, North America from 2007 to 2013, overseeing sales and marketing operations in the United States. Before joining Oxford Immunotec, from 2002 to 2007, he served as vice president of sales, breast health and vice president of marketing at Cytyc Corporation, which manufactured and sold tests used in the diagnosis of cervical cancer and other women's health-related illnesses and merged with Hologic Corporation in 2007. Before working at Cytyc, from 2000 to 2002, Mr. Schroeder was vice president, sales and marketing for CytoLogix Corporation, a cellular diagnostics company. Earlier in his career, from 1984 to 2000, Mr. Schroeder held various sales positions with increasing levels of responsibility for the diagnostics division of Abbott Laboratories, ultimately becoming director of worldwide marketing for the division. Mr. Schroeder earned his Bachelors degree from Southeast Missouri State University.
Dr. Edwardson has been our Chief Operations Officer since 2013, overseeing our operations worldwide, including all manufacturing, research and development activities, quality assurance and regulatory affairs and laboratory operations. Prior to becoming our Chief Operations Officer, Dr. Edwardson served as General Manager of our operations in the United Kingdom, with primary responsibility for all manufacturing and research and development activities. Dr. Edwardson joined Oxford Immunotec in 2008 and has over 20 years of experience in the medical device industry in both small start-up companies and large corporations. Immediately before joining Oxford Immunotec, from 2003 to 2008, Dr. Edwardson was vice president of medical technologies for Prometic Biosciences Ltd., a subsidiary of Prometic Life Sciences Inc., which designed, developed, manufactured and commercialized affinity adsorbents sold to biopharmaceutical companies for use in their drug manufacturing processes. From 1999 to 2003, he served as technical director at Tayside Flow Technologies and Tissuemed Ltd, two start-up companies focused on development and commercialization of implantable devices. Dr. Edwardson earned his Bachelors degree in Biochemistry and Physiology from Leeds University and his Doctorate from Cambridge University.
Ms. Keiley is our Senior Vice President, General Counsel, having been promoted in March 2017. From January 2015 to March 2017, she held the position of Vice President, General Counsel. In this role, Ms. Keiley has had responsibility for all of our legal affairs. She joined us in September 2012 and served as Associate General Counsel until her promotion in January 2015 to Vice President, General Counsel. Before joining us, from July 2008 to March 2012, Ms. Keiley was Assistant General Counsel, Americas of Zimmer, Inc., a subsidiary of Zimmer Holdings, Inc., the world’s largest pure-play orthopedic device manufacturer. Before working at Zimmer, Ms. Keiley was a trial lawyer and partner with Wildman, Harrold, Allen & Dixon in Chicago, Illinois where she represented clients in a wide variety of commercial disputes and transactions. Ms. Keiley earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology/Philosophy from Boston College and her juris doctor from Loyola University School of Law.
Mr. Gansler joined Oxford Immunotec as our Senior Vice President and Global Head of Human Resources, overseeing our Human Resources functions worldwide. Before joining us, Mr. Gansler was Senior Vice President, Human Resources, for Millennium Pharmaceuticals, now Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company, where he played a key leadership role, implementing employee engagement and integrated talent management programs which contributed to Millennium's consistent ranking during his tenure as one of the best places to work in the United States. Prior to Millennium, Mr. Gansler spent more than twenty years with Johnson & Johnson, holding a variety of roles of increasing responsibility, including Worldwide Vice President, Human Resources. During his tenure with J & J, he led the human resources function for four separate business units and managed several post-acquisition integrations. He also designed innovative compensation programs that aligned rewards with performance and implemented fundamental changes to leadership development and succession planning for J &J's 80,000 employees. Mr. Gansler received his Bachelor Industrial Administration from the General Motors Institute and a Master of Business Administration-Finance and Juris Doctor from Seton Hall University.