Ms. Brooks joined Conceptus as Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary in November 2009 and was promoted to Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer in February 2010. Prior to joining Conceptus, Ms. Brooks was Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Perlegen Sciences, Inc., a Silicon Valley biotechnology company developing genetic-based diagnostic tests, from November 2007 to November 2009. Prior to her work at Perlegen, Ms. Brooks served as General Counsel for several medical device and life sciences companies, both public and private, including Westmark International, Inc. (a former Squibb company), Access Health, Inc. and Free & Clear, Inc., and for eCommerce companies including GiftCetificates.com, Inc. and eCharge, Inc. Ms. Brooks earned her law degree from Santa Clara University, her Masters of Law in Taxation from Georgetown University, and her M.B.A. degree from the University of Washington, where she also earned a B.A. degree in Comparative Literature and a B.A. degree in English Literature.
Mr. Lichtwardt joined Conceptus as Executive Vice President, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer in November 2003 and was promoted to Executive Vice President, Operations, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer in April 2008. From 2000 to 2002, he was Executive Vice President, Finance, Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary of Innoventry, Inc., a financial services company. From 1993 to 2000, Mr. Lichtwardt was Vice President, Finance, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Ocular Sciences, Inc., a worldwide developer and marketer of soft contact lenses. Prior to his employment with Ocular Sciences, Mr. Lichtwardt, from 1989 to 1993, held senior management positions in various divisions of Allergan Inc. Mr. Lichtwardt currently serves on the Board of Directors of Biolase Technology, Inc., a public medical and dental laser products company, where he also participates on the Audit, Compensation and Quality Compliance Committees. In addition to these positions, Mr. Lichtwardt has held various financial positions at AST Research, Inc. and at divisions of American Hospital Supply Corporation. He earned a B.B.A. degree from the University of Michigan and an M.B.A. degree from Michigan State University.
Mr. Sharpe joined Conceptus as the Executive Vice President of Operations in January 2013. Mr. Sharpe has 25 years of experience in the medical device field. Before joining the Company, Mr. Sharpe served as the Senior Vice President of Operations at Optovue, Inc., from September 2010 to January 2013. Before that, Mr. Sharpe served as Vice President of Operations at Thoratec Corporation from 1997 to 2006. Prior to his tenure at Thoratec Corporation, Mr. Sharpe held numerous positions in operations with Baxter Healthcare Corporation from 1983 to 1997, with increasing scale and responsibility culminating in his role as Director of Operations from 1992 to 1997. Mr. Sharpe received a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.