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Executive Bios

David Nislick, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer

David Nislick is the Chief Executive Officer for Excelitas Technologies Corp.

Prior to being named CEO of Excelitas Technologies, Mr. Nislick served as the president of the Illumination and Detection Solutions (IDS) business unit of PerkinElmer. As part of Veritas Capital’s acquisition of PerkinElmer’s IDS business unit in November 2010, Mr. Nislick was appointed CEO of the newly re-launched company.

As president of IDS, Mr. Nislick had management responsibility for the $300 million business unit, which included specialty lighting, sensors and other high-performance products for a variety of medical, analytical, energy-conserving, industrial, safety and security, and aerospace and defense applications. Prior to the creation of IDS in late 2008, Mr. Nislick held various leadership positions within PerkinElmer, including President of the Lighting business and Vice President of Business Development for PerkinElmer Optoelectronics.

Prior to joining PerkinElmer, Mr. Nislick held senior marketing and corporate development roles with Corning Incorporated, Oak Industries and Axsun Technologies.

He holds a B.A. in Economics from Middlebury College and Master’s and Doctorate Degrees in Business Economics from Harvard Business School.


Jim Rao

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Jim Rao is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Excelitas Technologies Corp.

Prior to joining Excelitas, Mr. Rao served as the CFO of the Illumination and Detection Solutions (IDS) business unit of PerkinElmer. As part of Veritas Capital’s acquisition of PerkinElmer’s IDS business unit in November 2010, he retained his position in the newly
re-launched company.

Mr. Rao served from 2005 to 2009 as the CFO for TransMedics, Inc., a venture-backed medical technology company. Prior to joining TransMedics, he held senior finance and business development roles with Hewlett Packard, Philips and Medtronic. He also worked in the corporate finance group at Deloitte & Touche.

Mr. Rao holds a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from Babson College.


Michael Messier

Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Michael Messier is Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for Excelitas Technologies Corp.

Mr. Messier is responsible for developing the company’s global human resources strategy and leading core initiatives that attract, engage, retain and develop a strong global team to support Excelitas’ future growth.

Prior to joining Excelitas, Mr. Messier served as Vice President of Global Human Resources at Starent Networks Corp., a leading provider of telecommunications infrastructure solutions, where he was responsible for scaling the global human resources function to enable growth. Previously, he held senior management roles at Monster Worldwide, Inc., Progress Software Corporation, IBM/Rational Software Corp. and Open Market, Inc.

Mr. Messier holds a B.S. in Human Resource Management from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and an M.B.A. from Rivier University.


Steven Boyce

Steven E. Boyce

Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

Steven E. Boyce is Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Excelitas Technologies Corp.

Prior to joining Excelitas, Mr. Boyce served as Senior Corporate Counsel for the Mobility Internet Technology Group within Cisco Systems, where he was the lead legal counsel for that business unit.

Prior to the acquisition of Starent Networks by Cisco Systems, Mr. Boyce was the Associate General Counsel for Starent Networks and was instrumental in setting up the legal function in a pre- and post-IPO environment, along with working on global commercial deals with leading wireless service providers. Prior to Starent Networks, Mr. Boyce served as Vice President and General Counsel for the Americas and Asia Pacific Theater of Getronics, the successor to Wang Laboratories. During his career he has also held leadership roles with a number of well-regarded law firms such as Hale and Dorr (now Wilmer Hale), Skadden, Arps, Meagher & Flom, Kirkland and Ellis, and Sheehan, Phinney, Bass & Green.

Mr. Boyce earned his Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree from the University of Iowa and holds a JD degree from Harvard Law School where he is admitted to the federal and state bars in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Illinois.


Joel Falcone

Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer

Joel Falcone is Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer of Excelitas Technologies.

As COO, Mr. Falcone is responsible for overseeing all facets of Global Operations including Production, Supply Chain, and Operational Excellence throughout the over 20 manufacturing facilities in North America, Europe, and Asia. Additionally, Mr. Falcone provides leadership for the Customer Service and Order Management organizations worldwide.

Prior to Mr. Falcone’s role as COO, he served as Senior Vice President and General Manager for Excelitas’ Lighting business.

Mr. Falcone’s diverse leadership experience also includes executive positions at PerkinElmer as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the Optoelectronics Business Group along with Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the PerkinElmer Medical Imaging business. Mr. Falcone has also held numerous leadership positions with Philips, Hitachi, and RF Micro Devices.

Mr. Falcone earned a B.S. in Finance from the University of Arizona and holds an M.B.A. from San Jose State University. He is also a Certified Six Sigma Green Belt and Certified Management Accountant.


Michael Ersoni

Executive Vice President, Commercial

Michael Ersoni is Executive Vice President of the Global Commercial Business of Excelitas Technologies. 

Most recently, he was Senior Vice President and General Manager for Excelitas’ Detection division. Prior to his appointment with Excelitas, Mr. Ersoni held numerous leadership roles at PerkinElmer, starting in 1985. During his tenure at PerkinElmer, he served as Vice President and General Manager for PerkinElmer’s Commercial Sensors business, General Manager of the Industrial Sensors business, and has held a variety of engineering leadership and product marketing positions spanning applications engineering and new product development.

Mr. Ersoni holds an M.Eng from McMaster University and an M.B.A. from Queens University. Mr. Ersoni is a Certified Management Accountant.


Doug Benner

Executive Vice President, Defense and Aerospace

Doug Benner is Executive Vice President of the Defense and Aerospace business of Excelitas Technologies.

Most recently, he was Senior Vice President and General Manager for Excelitas’ Advanced Electronic Systems division. Prior to his appointment with Excelitas, Mr. Benner spent the previous four years as the Vice President and General Manager of PerkinElmer’s military/aerospace business. Earlier, he held a variety of positions with PerkinElmer Optoelectronics including Product Platform Manager, Site Operations Leader, Multi-site Operations Leader, and Military/Aerospace Product Line Leader.

Before joining PerkinElmer in 1996, Mr. Benner was co-owner of The Laser and Photonics Center, a company specializing in laser materials processing for the industrial market. He also spent several years in manufacturing and management roles with Monsanto and EG&G. He has one patent and has authored several technical publications.

Mr. Benner holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Ohio University and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Dayton.