Officers

 

A. Malachi Mixon, III

Chairman of the Board

Mixon has led the Company since 1979 when he and a group of Cleveland-based investors bought Invacare from then-parent Johnson & Johnson. He serves on the boards of several Cleveland-area corporations and civic organizations, including chairmanship of the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic. Mixon is highly regarded in the Cleveland business community and has been recognized nationally for his entrepreneurial skills and leadership. He received his B.A. and M.B.A. from Harvard and served four years in the Marine Corps prior to launching his business career.

Robert K. Gudbranson

Interim President and Chief Executive Officer; Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Gudbranson was appointed Interim President and Chief Executive Officer on August 1, 2014. He also is responsible for all aspects of finance, treasury, internal auditing and investor relations in his role as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. He began his career at J.P. Morgan in corporate financial management and banking. He spent a number of years with Invacare in various financial positions in business development, investor relations and treasury. He then served as vice president of strategic planning and acquisitions for a global manufacturer before returning to Invacare to assume the CFO position. He holds a B.A. in applied mathematics from Yale University and a master's degree in politics and economics from Oxford University.

Joseph B. Richey, II

President — Invacare Technologies Division and Senior Vice President — Electronic and Design Engineering

Previously, Richey was Senior Vice President of Product Development from July 1984 to September 1992 and Senior Vice President and General Manager of North American Operations from September 1989 to September 1992. He was a director of Invacare from 1980 until he retired from his director role in May 2013. Richey has numerous patents in the medical field registered in his name, is the author or co-author of several technical publications and has been honored for his inventions by several engineering and scientific organizations. He is a member of the Board of Trustees for Case Western Reserve University and The Cleveland Clinic Foundation and received his B.S.E.E. from Case Institute of Technology.

Anthony C. LaPlaca

Senior Vice President and General Counsel

LaPlaca is responsible for all legal affairs, risk management and intellectual property. He also serves as the corporate secretary. Before joining Invacare, LaPlaca was vice president and general counsel of Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, and its predecessor businesses at Honeywell International Inc. from 1997 through 2008. Prior to that time, he was a partner at a Cleveland-based national law firm. He holds a B.S. in economics from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law.

Patricia Stumpp

Senior Vice President — Human Resources

Stumpp is responsible for all aspects of global human resources, including employee relations, compensation, benefits, employee training and development, and safety and health. Stumpp joined Invacare in 1991 and was promoted to her current position in 2009. She also has experience in health care, small business and the service industry. She holds a B.A. in psychology and M.B.A. from the University of Toledo.

John Remmers

Executive Vice President and General Manager, North America and Global Product Development

John Remmers is responsible for global engineering and operations, as well as Invacare’s North American commercial operations. Remmers joined Invacare in 2010 as the Senior Vice President, Global Supply Chain and Operations. His background includes a breadth of general management experience including his prior role as Executive Vice President and General Manager at TTI Floor Care where he was responsible for select business units, product marketing, engineering, operations and supply chain. Prior to that, he spent thirteen years with Robert Bosch Tool Corporation, where he had multiple executive level positions, including Senior Vice President of New Product Development. Remmers holds a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology and obtained his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.