Our leadership

Scott  - President and CEO


President and CEO

Scott Huennekens

President and CEO

Scott is a successful entrepreneur in medical devices with some dabbling in biotech. He has been CEO, board member or investor in 10+ start-ups with market valuations totaling over $5 billion. More importantly, more than 20 million patients have benefited from the therapies and diagnostics of these companies. He is currently Chairman, President and CEO of Verb Surgical—Google and Johnson & Johnson’s new surgical robotics start-up to revolutionize the future of surgery. The company was founded in August 2015 and Scott joined as employee #1. Verb is located on the Google campus in Mountain View, CA, so Scott is now enjoying free lunches and riding Google bikes meeting to meeting.

The big vision is to democratize surgery globally so the 5 billion people without access to surgery can have those benefits along with improved outcomes, lower costs and access to more procedures. More than 200 engineers are working on the project, including team members at Verb, Google/Verily (formerly Google Life Sciences) and Johnson & Johnson. Verb will make a tremendous difference in the world and for the world, improving surgery and enabling surgery globally.  Previously, Scott led Volcano Corp. (NASDAQ: VOLC) as its first and only President and CEO, from start-up in 2002 to its IPO in 2006 and sale to Philips in 2015. Volcano 2015 revenue was more than $400 million and its market capitalization peaked at nearly $2 billion. He was at Digirad Corporation, a diagnostic imaging solutions provider, from 1997 to 2002, serving as President and CEO from 1999 to 2002. Digirad went public in 2004.

Scott graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Southern California in 1986 and earned his MBA from the Harvard Business School in 1991. Current professional affiliations include: board member, Reva Medical (RVA.AX); board advisor, Patara Pharma; Board of Advisors, Peloton Ventures; board member and past Chairman, Medical Device Manufacturer’s Association (MDMA).

He counts as his biggest accomplishments climbing Mt. Fuji six times post-karaoke hangovers, coaching and having fun with 30+ kids’ sports teams, signing 1+ million emails “go, go, go”, and being happily married for 28 years and helping to raise three wonderful children—though not necessarily in that order.

Dave  - Chief Operating Officer


Chief Operating Officer

Dave Scott

Chief Operating Officer

Dave is the Chief Operating Officer at Verb Surgical. Dave has more than 20 years of experience building and leading high-performing teams at both start-ups and Fortune 500 companies related to surgical robotics, medical imaging and diagnostics. He was part of the start-up and leadership team at Xradia, Inc. (acquired by ZEISS) where he received a Research and Development award for the development of the Nano-XCT, a 50nm resolution x-ray tomography system. He is a co-founder of Varioscale, Inc. a start-up venture dedicated to bringing ultra-high resolution laser etching technology to the semiconductor community.

At Intuitive Surgical, he led the next generation medical imaging and advanced imaging technologies team for the da Vinci robot surgical platform. Most recently he was the Divisional Vice President of Research and Development for Abbott Medical Optics, where he led programs in both Laser Cataract Surgery and Laser Vision Correction surgery. He was the Vice President of Research and Development for OptiMedica (acquired by Abbott Medical Optics), where he led the team that developed the Catalys system for laser cataract surgery.

Dave has been awarded several patents in x-ray imaging, medical endoscopy and laser surgery applications. Dave holds a Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering from the University of Kansas and a Masters of Science in aerospace engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Pablo E. Garcia  - Vice President of Applied Research and Technology

Pablo E. Garcia

Vice President of Applied Research and Technology

Pablo E. Garcia Kilroy

Vice President of Applied Research and Technology

Pablo is leading Verb Surgical research in medical robotics as the Vice President of Applied Research and Technology. Prior to his role at Verb, Pablo worked at SRI International for 20 years, directing more than $50 million in novel research and development programs in robotics and medical devices.

Pablo has led numerous research programs sponsored by healthcare and robotics companies, as well as the Department of Defense, NASA, and DARPA. Some of his programs included the development of remote telementoring and robotic surgical system for the DoD, the first electrical dynamic walking humanoid (Durus) for DARPA and the development of the core robotic technologies which were adopted by Verb Surgical. Pablo is excited to see some of this technology become a reality through Verb. His research interests include medical devices, robots and machine learning. He co-founded MISTRAL, a collaboration with Stanford University and funded by the FDA, intended to foster innovation in the development of medical devices for the underserved pediatric population.

Prior to robotics, Pablo worked on the development of nuclear reactors for General Electric. He holds more than 30 U.S. and foreign patents. He earned his Master of Science in mechanical engineering from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in industrial and mechanical engineering from the Universidad Pontificia de Comillas in Madrid, Spain. When Pablo is not thinking about robots, you can find him with his family, swimming, surfing or making paellas.

Dave  - Vice President of Marketing and Business Development


Vice President of Marketing and Business Development

Dave Herrmann

Vice President of Marketing and Business Development

Dave brings more than 15 years of marketing, business development and commercialization experience to Verb Surgical, where he serves as Vice President of Marketing and Business Development.

On why he joined Verb: “The chance to work in a start-up environment, while partnering with the world’s largest healthcare company and the world’s largest technology company, was the draw. We have the opportunity to impact patient care on a global scale, while at the same time transforming our industry.”

Prior to joining Verb, Dave led the U.S. Marketing organization of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care with responsibility for marketing ACUVUE™ brand contact lenses to consumers and doctors. Prior to this, Dave held positions of increasing responsibility with the Johnson & Johnson Ethicon and Ethicon Endo-Surgery divisions, most recently leading global marketing for the Ethicon $3 billion endo-mechanical business.

Throughout his career, Dave has partnered extensively with physicians, providers, and patients in leading more than 20 product launches into new and existing healthcare categories. These launches have been responsible for more than $1 billion in growth revenue.

Prior to Johnson & Johnson, Dave worked for General Electric in new product development and marketing in the technology and consumer electronics industries. He received his Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from the University of Notre Dame and his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Mary Lynn  - Director of Clinical Marketing and People Operations

Mary Lynn

Director of Clinical Marketing and People Operations

Mary Lynn Gaddis

Director of Clinical Marketing and People Operations

Mary Lynn is a successful medical device clinical marketing professional who has been in the medical device and biotech industry for more than 25 years. She has been a key player at large and small companies including start-up organizations. Mary Lynn is currently the Director of Clinical Marketing and People Operations at Verb Surgical Inc. where she was hired as the second employee. Mary Lynn has been integral to the hiring of more than 200 employees and contractors at Verb and implementing the employee culture.

Prior to working at Verb Surgical Inc., Mary Lynn was the Senior Director of Scientific Affairs and Communications at Volcano Corp., where she was hired as the third employee. From 2002-2015 at Volcano (NASDAQ:VOLC), she led global efforts in clinical research, investigator initiated studies, scientific publication strategies, regulatory reviews and clinical material reviews while working closely with key opinion leaders (physicians) and the chief medical officers at the company. Volcano was purchased by Philips (NYSE:PHG) in 2015. Mary Lynn worked at Baxter Healthcare (now Edwards Lifesciences - NYSE: EW) as the Clinical Marketing Manager for minimally invasive cardiac surgery. Mary Lynn was an independent consultant for medical start-ups and venture capital firms (Domain Associates) where she led clinical marketing communication and clinical protocols development and implementation. Mary Lynn spent more than 2 years in Milan, Italy working as a registered nurse at Clinic Columbus (Antonio Colombo, MD) in the cardiac catheterization laboratory. She holds more than 10 patents in medical devices and is a co-author on 10 scientific articles.

Mary Lynn has been married for 24 years and has 4 children. She is an active volunteer in her community and enjoys time with family and friends. Mary Lynn dedicates much of her spare time to mentoring at Newport Harbor High School and volunteering as Vice President Philanthropy for the National Charity League Newport Beach Chapter, where she strives to encourage others to be the best they can be.

Maria  - Vice President of People Operations


Vice President of People Operations

Maria Chung

Vice President of People Operations

Maria is the Vice President of People Operations at Verb Surgical. Bringing more than 17 years of experience, she leads the company’s People Operations functions, including talent acquisition, organizational development, compensation and benefits, performance management and learning and development.

Prior to joining Verb Surgical, Maria was the Vice President of People at RadiumOne, an international advertising technology company where she built all aspects of human resources from the ground up and managed it on a global scale. Prior to RadiumOne, she was the Senior Director of Human Resources at Coupons.com Inc., a leading digital promotions and media platform company where she built the HR infrastructure and supported the growth from fewer than 100 employees to more than 600 worldwide, including the company’s IPO in 2014. Maria also held previous human resources roles at Yahoo!, Wells Fargo Bank and Elance. While advertising and banking are exciting in their own right, Maria is thrilled to be part of a company whose mission and passion is to help people around the world and to make a significant impact. She holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in sociology and Asian American studies from University of California, Santa Barbara, and SPHR designation through HR Certification Institute.

In her spare time, Maria enjoys going to the gym and blasting through back-to-back workout classes, binge-watching her favorite shows such as “Game of Thrones” or “Homeland” and spending quality time with her family and friends. Her other favorite pastimes include exploring new restaurants, baking, planning her next exotic vacation and stocking her office with new Haribo gummy candies. She is also a “mom” to her 15-year-old Yorkie, Chip.

Anand  - Vice President of Legal


Vice President of Legal

Anand Sethuraman

Vice President of Legal

Anand has been practicing law for more than 22 years in private practice law firms and with corporations as in-house counsel. His career started at the intellectual property law firm Blakely Sokoloff Taylor & Zafman in Los Angeles focusing on patents and trademarks. After five years, Anand opened his own law practice focused on patents, licensing and commercial agreements. He subsequently spent two years in a senior role at the AmLaw 100 firm of Pillsbury Winthrop. In 2002, Anand joined Siemens as in-house IP Counsel. There he managed all IP matters for a variety of business divisions including Ultrasound, Oncology Care, Light Rail, OLED and Enterprise Software. In 2007, he joined Apple as patent counsel leading patent and IP matters for the iPhone/iPod division. There he spent seven years leading and coordinating iPhone patent development, IP counseling on commercial agreements and support of major mobile device litigation including matters involving Nokia, HTC, Samsung and others. After managing a team of attorneys at Apple, Anand joined the Licensing and Strategy team at Apple focusing on third-party pre-litigation matters, licensing and IP strategy, as well as business conduct and employment issues.

Anand is currently the Vice President of Legal. He joined Verb Surgical to influence technology development that impacts the world. In Apple’s case, this was the iPhone. At Verb, it is the democratization of surgery.

He has been active in volunteering for local school boards, PTAs and National Junior Basketball as a coach. Anand is married with three children and Leia, a golden retriever. He enjoys basketball and investing in his spare time. He graduated cum laude from Northwestern University with a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering and a J.D. from Notre Dame. He is a member of the State Bar of California and a Registered Patent Attorney and holds four issued US patents.

Frank  - Associate Vice President of NPI and Manufacturing

Schembri Jr.

Associate Vice President of NPI and Manufacturing

Frank Schembri Jr.

Associate Vice President of NPI and Manufacturing

Frank started his professional career at Varian Associates designing airborne electronic countermeasures during the Reagan era. He transitioned to medical products, gathering 30+ years of experience with the design, manufacture and service of complex capital equipment and sterile disposable devices. He has led research and development, manufacturing, supply chain, document control, facilities and service organizations at start-ups and multinational companies.

He led the production and factory design for large scale MRI equipment at Resonex (acquired by GE) and led manufacturing and engineering teams at Acuson/Siemens Ultrasound Division for 14+ years.

Frank served as Vice President Manufacturing and Service at Hansen Medical, a start-up catheter robotics company where he was in charge of developing teams, processes, equipment and facilities for both dispoables and capital equipment.

As a manufacturing consultant, Frank worked with venture capital and start-up firms developing home healthcare devices and medical diagnostic products produced in Asia.

Just prior to joining Verb Surgical as head of New Product Introduction and Manufacturing, Frank consulted for SRI and Ethicon, contributing to the manufacturing strategy for the Verb product.

At Verb, Frank leads New Product Introduction teams, including Test and Manufacturing Engineering, Prototyping, Supply Chain and Service. Frank says “the opportunity to work with the combined ONE Team resources of Ethicon, Verily and Verb, and to contribute to changing surgery is both exciting and gratifying.”

Frank graduated in engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo when cows still outnumbered students. He is a licensed professional manufacturing engineer in California and holds a Regulatory Affairs Certificate-International Focus from the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society.

Erik  - Senior Director of Finance, IT & Facilities


Senior Director of Finance, IT & Facilities

Erik Beuckelaers

Senior Director of Finance, IT & Facilities

Erik joined Verb Surgical in November 2015 to lead the Finance, IT and Facility functions. He has 10+ years of experience in all aspects of finance management.

While working at Verb Surgical, Erik has the great opportunity of mixing his passion for helping patients and surgeons, out of the box thinking and crunching numbers.

Erik started his career at Philip Morris International where he supported the supply chain and sales and marketing activities in the BENELUX countries. In 2006, Erik joined the finance leadership development program at Johnson & Johnson. Through international positions supporting medical device and pharm/bio companies, he accumulated a wealth of financial expertise in sales and marketing, supply chain, research and development, and tax. His Johnson & Johnson journey took him to Belgium, the Netherlands, Ireland, Singapore and the United States. His last position at Johnson & Johnson was head of finance for Acclarent, an innovative ear nose and throat medical device company in the Bay Area.

After finishing high school (Latin-Mathematics) in Westmalle (Belgium), Erik embarked on an exchange student adventure to Pennsylvania.

Erik holds a Master’s Degree in commercial engineering (technology management) from the University of Antwerp, Belgium. He also holds a master’s in finance from Vlerick Business School. During his Masters studies, Erik was student and class representative and became a member of the Board of Alumni of Vlerick.

While growing up in Belgium, Erik was a passionate soccer, tennis, and quiz player. Capitals, countries and rivers have no secrets for him.

During his free time, Erik and his wife Caitlin love to spend time hiking the Bay Area hills, drinking California craft beers, skiing at the Lake Tahoe mountains, traveling the world and visiting his three little nieces in Belgium.

John  - Associate Vice President of Quality and Regulatory


Associate Vice President of Quality and Regulatory

John Magnasco

Associate Vice President of Quality and Regulatory

John is an engineer, entrepreneur and technical executive who has brought more than 50 products to market and holds 16 U.S. patents. John currently serves as Associate Vice President of Quality and Regulatory for Verb Surgical. Intrigued by the partnership of Johnson & Johnson and Google, John joined Verb in January 2016 to act as a right arm for Research and Development by building a strong, scalable quality system, driving quality into the product and defining an integrated regulatory strategy.

Before joining Verb, John was Vice President of Operations and Quality at Broncus Medical, a computer-aided surgical navigation company for biopsy, access and treatment of lung cancer, where he led all functions except Research and Development and Clinical, including raising more than $13 million in equity. In 2002, John took a position with Intuitive Surgical, where he led Program Management and NPI for the da Vinci Surgical system through the IS1100, IS1200 and IS2000 Research and Development and launch efforts. John played a significant role in the development and launch of the first four-arm robotic surgical system, first 3DHD visualization system, and first robotic beating heart stabilizer, while growing the company from 75 employees in 2002 to 500+ employees, with revenue exceeding $500 million five years later. Having worked at Hello Direct prior as Vice President of Research and Development and Quality, John helped close an acquisition by GN Netcom in 2000 for $100 million after 13 quarters of record revenue/earnings growth. John also worked with a number of start-ups as a functional head or founder, including a small fluidics robot that sampled blood of ICU patients, a Stanford-based brain imaging, post-stroke perfusion company and Geneva CleanTech as President and CEO where he secured $1 million in NRE contracts with Siemens, Sumitomo and NTT.

Notable achievements in the consumer electronics space includes the first high-speed ATA voice coil-based hard drives in the early 1990s with Control Data, the first full-duplex cellular hands-free car kit in 1996 which was sold to Delco Electronics and integrated into OnStar and the first Bluetooth headset in 2000 with GN Netcom. He graduated magna cum laude from San Jose State University in 1994 with a Bachelor’s in industrial and systems engineering. In his spare time, John curates a fine mineral collection, conducts mining and mineral collecting operations and enjoys travel around the world with his wife.