Decades of it.
At Sientra, we believe that
shared expertise and values
are essential components of
success. Our leadership is driven
by decades of experience and
skill that help bring your goals
and aesthetic visions to life.
Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer
Hani Zeini, founded Sientra in 2006 and has since held the position of Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Zeini has over 26 years of relevant healthcare experience in Pharmaceuticals and Medical Device industries, and is an 11-year veteran in the Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery market. He previously served as Executive Vice President of Inamed Aesthetics responsible for both the Breast Aesthetics and Facial Aesthetics businesses at Inamed Corporation (now Allergan Medical). His responsibilities included North America and International markets, with a demonstrated success record of market share gains and business growth in these highly competitive markets.
Mr. Zeini had been deeply involved in the Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery market, and its development over the past decade. He pioneered the concept of the Plastic Surgery Ecosystem™ and has been passionately presenting and promoting its principles. Mr. Zeini has lectured and presented at numerous prestigious Plastic Surgery meetings in the United States and internationally. Mr. Zeini served twice on the American Society of Plastic Surgeons Annual Meeting Committee as the industry representative. He also served on the Industry Relations Council for the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Mr. Zeini has been a long-time advocate and a driving force for the adoption of Evidence-Based Outcomes in Aesthetic surgery.
Mr. Zeini started his career at the Dupont Pharmaceuticals Company where he spent over 12 years in a variety of positions with increasing responsibility in sales, marketing and general management culminating with his role as Senior Vice President, Global Health Systems. Prior to joining Inamed, Mr. Zeini was the Chief Operating Officer at Acurian, Inc., a development stage venture capital backed clinical trials company. Before Acurian, he held the position of President and Chief Executive Officer at Pharmasmarket.com, an Internet-based healthcare marketplace. Mr. Zeini holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. In 2003, Mr. Zeini completed the Stanford Executive Program at Stanford University, Graduate School of Business.
Customer Experience and Corporate Administration
Deborah Bettencourt joined Sientra in 2007. Ms. Bettencourt has nearly 20 years of experience in corporate operations and information technology within the medical device industry. She spent much of her professional career at Inamed Corporation (currently Allergan Medical). Ms. Bettencourt served as Director of Information Technology at Inamed Corporation where she was as an integral part of global information technology implementations, business acquisitions, system and process integrations, and international manufacturing expansions. Ms. Bettencourt is a member Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and holds a BA in Psychology from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Ms. Bettencourt also serves on the Board of Trustees for Marymount of Santa Barbara.
Vice President of Product Technology and Manufacturing
Dan Carlisle joined Sientra in 2007. Mr. Carlisle has nearly 30 years of innovative product design and development experience as well as technical expertise in the aesthetic/surgical market. Prior to joining Sientra, Mr. Carlisle was Senior Director, Technical Marketing at Inamed Corporation (currently Allergan Medical) where he was responsible for designing, refining and improving new products for the global aesthetic market. Additionally, he served as Director of the internationally recognized Inamed Academy™ (currently Allergan Academy ®), a global education and training platform for surgeons. He is named inventor or co-inventor on numerous patents in the aesthetic plastic surgery field. Before Inamed, Mr. Carlisle held various management positions at Silimed Corporation based out of Brazil and at McGhan Medical. Mr. Carlisle holds a BA in Art from California State University at Northridge.
Vice President, Clinical Operations
Rosalyn d’Incelli joined Sientra in 2009. Ms. d’Incelli has more than 13 years of Clinical Research experience coupled with an accomplished record of clinical achievements. Prior to joining Sientra, she was the Director of Clinical Studies at Mentor Corporation, where she oversaw many of the company’s studies and managed their clinical resources. Ms. d’Incelli was a significant contributor to Mentor’s successful Silicone-Gel PMA approval, and at the time led the company’s large Post-Approval Silicone-Gel study. Additionally, she served as Clinical Director for Mentor’s phase 3 botulinum toxin studies and was previously involved in multiple urology studies. Prior to joining Mentor, Ms. d’Incelli was employed at Inamed Corporation (currently Allergan Medical) in Clinical Operations where she was a member of the clinical study team seeking approval for the company’s Silicone-Gel PMA. She has a demonstrated successful track record in the area of clinical operations with notable clinical studies completions in the areas of Breast and Facial Aesthetics and marketing approvals. Ms. d’Incelli holds a BA from the University of California Santa Barbara and is SoCRA board certified in Clinical Research.
Vice President Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance
JoAnn Kuhne joined Sientra in 2006. Ms. Kuhne has more than twenty years of global regulatory and clinical experience. Prior to joining Sientra, Ms. Kuhne served as Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs at Inamed Corporation (now Allergan Medical) where she was instrumental in the company’s efforts to obtain PMA approval for the company’s silicone gel breast implants. Before Inamed, Ms. Kuhne was Director of Regulatory & Clinical Affairs at Medtronic PS Medical, leading the company’s global regulatory and clinical efforts for its neurosurgical implants. Preceding her career at Medtronic PS Medical and Inamed, Ms. Kuhne spent several years in the orthopedic implant industry as Manager of Regulatory Affairs for Smith and Nephew Orthopedics and Intermedics Orthopedics. Ms. Kuhne received her BSN from Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan and an MSN from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society and is board certified in Regulatory Affairs. Ms. Kuhne is an active volunteer at the Santa Ynez Valley Therapeutic Riding Center and is a sponsor for Threshold Ministries and Impact 2818.
Vice President of Marketing
Rich Low brings more than 17 years of experience in the aesthetic medicine industry to Sientra. Prior to joining Sientra, Mr. Low held senior positions at Mentor Corporation WW LLC, a division of Johnson & Johnson, where he was responsible for a wide variety of upstream and downstream marketing initiatives in the plastic surgery and non-surgical markets including new technology development and market creation. Mr. Low has introduced a significant number of new products to the aesthetic surgical market including top-selling breast implants and breast tissue expanders. Additionally, he led the introduction of new injectable products to Europe, Latin America, Canada, and Asia, and topical skin care treatments in the US. Mr. Low holds an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA, an undergraduate degree from UC Riverside with a year of undergraduate work at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. Mr. Low is on the Board of Directors of the Immune Deficiency Foundation which works to raise funds and awareness for people born with primary immune deficiencies.
Vice President of Sales
Jason O’Hearn brings more than 18 years of aesthetic medical device experience to Sientra, 10 of those years were spent in senior/executive management positions. Prior to joining Sientra, Mr. O’Hearn was Vice President of Sales at Mentor Corporation WW LLC, a division of Johnson & Johnson. He was responsible for leading a team of approximately 110 sales professionals and his efforts resulted in Mentor becoming a world leader in breast implant sales. Mr. O’Hearn played a vital role in the introduction and acceptance of silicone gel implants into the U.S. market, and he has demonstrated a successful track record of moving market share in a highly competitive market. Mr. O’Hearn holds BA in Business Management and a minor in Finance from San Diego State University. Mr. O’Hearn is a volunteer for the Mesa Beautification Committee, which raises funds and awareness on how to keep our Santa Barbara beaches and parks clean.
Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
Matt Pigeon joined Sientra in 2010. Mr. Pigeon has strong financial and operating capabilities with more than 15 years of investment banking experience. Prior to joining Sientra, Mr. Pigeon served as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Strategy Officer for FRS Healthy Energy, a functional beverage company. At FRS, he led all finance, accounting and reporting, including the funding efforts that successfully resulted in completing Series A and B preferred rounds led by Oak Investment Partners. Before FRS Healthy Energy, Mr. Pigeon was a Principal at Banc of America Securities/Montgomery Securities and served in both the equity capital markets group and investment banking group. While at Banc of America Securities, he was focused on multiple sectors including Consumer Products, Media & Telecommunications, Technology and Real Estate. Mr. Pigeon was responsible for the origination and execution of public and private equity transactions, convertible debt, structured products, and mergers and acquisitions. He also provided senior management teams and board of directors with structuring and execution advisory services to achieve an extensive array of financing goals including acquisition capital, de-leveraging, restructuring, and growth capital. Mr. Pigeon received his B.A. degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara and his MBA from the University of Southern California. Mr. Pigeon currently serves on the Board of Directors for Elings Park, Santa Barbara.
General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary
Joel Smith has been with Sientra since 2007. Mr. Smith has more than 15 years of experience in the leadership of new life science ventures. Prior to joining Sientra, Mr. Smith was a Vice President at Tavistock Life Sciences where he had leadership roles across a portfolio of development-stage companies operating in the fields of drug discovery and medical-device development. Previously, Mr. Smith had senior business development roles at Triad Therapeutics and at BioQ where he was also the General Counsel. Mr. Smith’s extensive experience in private equity finance began as an associate at Brobeck, Phleger and Harrison in its business and technology group where Mr. Smith represented clients in dozens of private and public equity financings. Mr. Smith’s early career included work as a research economist and entrepreneur. Mr. Smith holds an MBA, with highest distinction, from the University of Michigan Business School; a JD, cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School; and a BS in both economics and cellular & molecular biology also from the University of Michigan.
Chief Strategy and Corporate Development Officer
Charlie Huiner joined Sientra in 2014 and brings with him a successful track record of more than 20 years in business development, marketing and strategy, where, in the past 11 years, he served in senior roles in the medical technology and device industries. Mr. Huiner's medical device and aesthetics experience includes 3 years at INAMED (now Allergan Medical) where, as Senior Director of Corporate Development and Strategy, his responsibilities spanned business development, strategy, corporate communications and investor relations. At INAMED, Mr. Huiner served a core role in a number of important partnership and in-licensing transactions including the acquisition of JUVÉDERM®, and he was also part of the senior transaction team that executed the $3.3 billion sale of INAMED to Allergan Medical. Immediately prior to joining Sientra, Mr. Huiner was at InTouch Health where he served as Vice President of Business Development and Marketing. At InTouch Health, he led a number of important strategic growth initiatives including conceiving of, building, and leading the Company's B-to-B surgical collaboration business. His extensive transactional and strategy transformation expertise is grounded by early career experience in operating and investing roles with Security Capital Group (now GE Capital) and ProLogis Trust. He began his career as an M&A financial analyst for NatWest Bancorp. Mr. Huiner earned a BA in History from Williams College, and an MBA in finance and marketing from Northwestern University's Kellogg School where he concentrated in healthcare management.
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Founder, President &
Chief Executive Officer
Vice President, Customer Experience & Corporate Administration
Vice President of Product Technology & Manufacturing
Chief Strategy & Corporate Development Officer
Vice President, Regulatory Affairs & Quality Assurance
Vice President of Marketing
Vice President of Sales
Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer
General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer & Corporate Secretary