Board Members

  • Brent D. Lang, President and CEO
    Brent D. Lang

    Brent D. Lang has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer and a board member of Vocera since June 2013. He assumed the role of chairman of the board in June 2018. Since joining the company in 2001, Mr. Lang has played a pivotal role in transforming Vocera from a startup to a publicly-traded corporation with around 600 employees. Prior to being named CEO, he was the company’s President and Chief Operating Officer and a key member of the team that led Vocera’s successful IPO in March 2012. During his tenure with Vocera, Mr. Lang also served as the company’s Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for nearly six years, spearheading the initial business plan and the development of product and go-to market strategies.

    Before joining Vocera, Mr. Lang was the Senior Director of Marketing at 3Com Corporation, where he spent six years, leading several successful product management and marketing projects. He co-founded the home networking division, and managed the rapid growth of the Fast Ethernet network interface card business. Prior to working at 3Com, he was a Strategy Consultant for Monitor Company, advising Fortune 500 companies. 

    Mr. Lang graduated summa cum laude from the University of Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in industrial and operations engineering before earning an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business. While at the University of Michigan, he was a member of the 1988 U.S. Olympic Swimming Team and won a Gold Medal in the 4X100 Freestyle Relay at the Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. In 2014, he earned a CEO World Award for his visionary leadership, and was also recognized for his winning athletic and professional career, receiving the prestigious NCAA Silver Anniversary Award in 2015. In 2016, Mr. Lang was a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award in the Northern California Region.

  • Mike Burkland, Director
    Mike Burkland

    Mike Burkland has served on our board of directors and as a member of our Audit Committee since June 2016. He is currently Chairman of the Board of Five9 and was also the Chief Executive Officer of Five9 from January 2008 until December of 2017.  Five9 is a provider of cloud contact center software.  He has built a company that has experienced rapid growth, making Five9 one of the largest and fastest growing providers of cloud contact center software. Prior to joining Five9, Mr. Burkland served as Chief Executive Officer of several enterprise software and cloud companies and also led three private companies through successful acquisitions by larger public companies. Earlier in his career, Mr. Burkland held positions at Oracle and BMC. Mr. Burkland has a Master of Business Administration degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Berkeley.

  • John B. Grotting, Director
    John B. Grotting

    John B. Grotting has served on our board of directors since February 2010; and has served as a member of the Compensation Committee since February 2010 and as chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee since April 2011. Since May 2010, Mr. Grotting has served as an operating partner for Frazier Healthcare Ventures, a provider of venture and growth equity capital to emerging biopharma, medical device and healthcare service companies. From 2006 to December 2009, Mr. Grotting served as Chief Executive Officer of Ascent Healthcare Solutions, Inc. (now Stryker Corporation), a medical device reprocessor. From February 2004 to December 2006, he served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Alliance 11 Medical Corporation (now Stryker Corporation), a medical device reprocessor. From May 1999 to December 2002, Mr. Grotting served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bridge Medical, Inc., a medical software company. Mr. Grotting also served in senior executive positions at Minnesota based Allina Health System and Oregon based Legacy Health System. Since August 2010, he has served on the board of directors of Universal Hospital Services. He also serves on the boards of Solis Mammography, Northfield Repair, Vizient Inc., Provista and Ediom. Mr. Grotting earned a B.A. degree in economics from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN and a Master's degree in hospital and healthcare management from the University of Minnesota.

  • Jeffrey H. Hillebrand, Director
    Jeffrey H. Hillebrand

    Jeffrey H. Hillebrand is the owner of JNH Consulting. Mr. Hillebrand has served on our board of directors since February 2010, and has served as chair of the Compensation Committee since June 2011. Mr. Hillebrand worked at NorthShore University HealthSystem from 1979 to 2012, serving as Chief Operating Officer from 1995 to 2012. Mr. Hillebrand is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, where he previously served as a Regent. He has also served as a commissioner of the Certification Commission of Healthcare Information Technology. Currently, Mr. Hillebrand serves on the board of directors of Provista and previously served as a board member of the National Association of Healthcare Information Technology, VHA, Sage Medical Products, SilkRoad Technology, Inc., and Neoforma, Inc. He is a member of the Madison Dearborn Healthcare RoundTable and is on the Advisory Board of Becker Communications. Mr. Hillebrand earned a B.A. degree from Dartmouth College and an M.H.S.A. degree in health services administration from the University of Michigan.

  • Howard E. Janzen, Director
    Howard E. Janzen

    Howard E. Janzen has served on our board of directors since May 2007; and has served as a member of the Audit Committee since February 2010. From May 2012 to December 2016, Mr. Janzen served as President and Chief Executive Officer, and in December 2016 became the Executive Chairman of CoolPlanet Energy Systems, a clean energy technology company. From March 2007 through April 2011, Mr. Janzen served as the Chief Executive Officer of One Communications Corporation, a supplier of integrated advanced telecommunications solutions to business. From January 2004 to September 2005, Mr. Janzen served as president of Sprint Business Solutions, the business unit serving Sprint Corporation's business customer base. From May 2003 to January 2004, he was president of Sprint Corporation's Global Markets Group responsible for Sprint's Long Distance business. From 1994 until October 2002, Mr. Janzen served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Williams Communications Group, Inc., a network solutions provider; and served as Chairman of the Board of Directors from 2001. Mr. Janzen currently serves on the board of directors for Sonus Networks Inc., Global Telecom & Technology, Inc., and Bye Aerospace, Inc. Mr. Janzen also served on the board of directors of MacroSolve, Inc. from April 2006 to May 2012. Mr. Janzen earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in metallurgical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and completed the Harvard Business School Program for Management Development. Janzen serves as a board member for a number of non-profit organizations and is a Commissioner and Chairman Emeritus of the Global Information Infrastructure Commission (GIIC).

  • Alexa King, Director
    Alexa King

    Alexa King has served on the board of directors since July 27, 2016. Ms. King is the executive vice president and general counsel at FireEye, where she has led the legal, stock and privacy team since 2012. Before FireEye, Ms. King was vice president, general counsel, and secretary of Aruba Networks, Inc. Her early career included working at Pillsbury Madison & Sutro (now Pillsbury Winthrop) and Fenwick & West. Additionally, Alexa served as founding director of Pathbrite, Inc. (formerly known as RippleSend, Inc.) from 2008 to 2009 and as advisor from 2009 to 2011. Alexa graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College with a degree in Eastern European Studies and received her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, where she was named to the Order of the Coif.

  • John N. McMullen, Director
    John N. McMullen

    John McMullen has served on our board of directors since June 2011; and has served as chair of the Audit Committee since June 2011. In July 2016, Mr. McMullen was named Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for 3D Systems. Prior to his position with 3D Systems, Mr. McMullen was the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Kodak from June 2014 to June 2016. Mr. McMullen also served as Senior Vice President and Treasurer of Hewlett-Packard Company from March 2007 to July 2013; and from May 2002 to March 2007 he served as Vice President of Finance for Hewlett-Packard’s Imaging and Printing Group. From June 1998 to May 2002, Mr. McMullen held a variety of executive positions with Compaq Computer Corporation (now a division of Hewlett-Packard) including Vice President of Finance and Strategy, Vice President of Finance (North America Sales and Services), and Director of Finance. Over a 17 year period, Mr. McMullen held a variety of finance positions with Digital Equipment Corporation, a computer manufacturer. Mr. McMullen earned a B.A. degree in finance from the University of Massachusetts.

  • Sharon L. O'Keefe, Director
    Sharon L. O'Keefe

    Sharon L. O'Keefe has served on our board of directors since March 2012; and has served as a member of the Governance and Nominating Committee since May 2012. Since February 2011, Ms. O'Keefe has served as President of the University of Chicago Medical Center. From April 2009 through February 2011, Ms. O'Keefe served as President of Loyola University Medical Center. Prior to her role at Loyola, she served from July 2002 to April 2009 as Chief Operating Officer for Barnes Jewish Hospital, a member hospital of BJC Healthcare, St. Louis. In addition, Ms. O'Keefe has served in a variety of senior management roles at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Montefiore Medical Center, University of Maryland Medical System and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. She has also served as a healthcare consultant with Ernst & Young. In addition, Ms. O'Keefe has served on the National Institutes of Health Advisory Board for Clinical Research, the Finance Committee of the National Institutes of Health Advisory Board, the Board of Trustees of the Illinois Hospital Association, and an Examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. In 2013, Ms. O'Keefe was named one of Modern Healthcare's Top 25 Women in Healthcare. Ms. O'Keefe holds an M.S. degree in nursing from Loyola University of Chicago and a B.S. degree in nursing from Northern Illinois University.

  • Ronald A. Paulus, MD, Director
    Ronald A. Paulus, MD

    Ronald A. Paulus, MD, has served on our board of directors since July 2018. Dr. Paulus is the president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Mission Health, a $1.9 billion regional integrated delivery system serving western North Carolina. He has been at Mission Health and in this role since September 2010.

    Prior to joining Mission Health, Dr. Paulus served as executive vice president of clinical operations at Geisinger Health System, where he was responsible for the operations of its $1.3 billion clinical enterprise, including two hospitals, an 800+ physician multispecialty group practice, and more than 40 ambulatory care facilities. Dr. Paulus also served as Geisinger's chief innovation officer (CIO), where he was responsible for ensuring system-wide innovation. Before his tenure at Geisinger, Dr. Paulus was co-founder, president and CEO of CareScience, a clinical solutions and data analytics provider now part of Premier health alliance, which is listed on the NASDQ.

    In 2018, Dr. Paulus co-founded and launched the National Taskforce for Humanity in Healthcare (NTH). This taskforce is convening physicians, nurses, and other leaders from healthcare and social change to explore the crisis of clinician burnout and create a movement to help care team members achieve their highest healing potential.

    Dr. Paulus received his bachelor’s degree, medical degree and MBA in healthcare management from the University of Pennsylvania. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and speaks regularly on the topics of healthcare quality and efficiency, human-centered innovation, physician leadership, and new models of care.


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