Leadership

Our team of medical device industry veterans provides leadership, vision, strategy, and direction for the organization.

ALTON SHADER

Chief Executive Officer

Alton Shader leads the development and execution of Viant’s business strategy, spearheading the Company’s continuing expansion and driving accelerated growth, ensuring that Viant’s customers receive exceptional solutions and service. Joining Viant in 2019, Alton brings more than 20 years of global medical device leadership experience to the team and is highly regarded for driving growth across a range of companies. As President of Hill-Rom’s global Front Line Care business, which includes Welch Allyn, he established the company’s fastest-growing and most profitable global business. He achieved similar results when he led North America for Hill-Rom. Prior to joining Hill-Rom, Alton held senior positions in Europe for Baxter International before being promoted to General Manager of its U.S. Renal business. In his most recent role, Alton served as President and CEO Of Vein Clinics of America. Alton earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and psychology from Claremont McKenna College and an MBA from Stanford University.

 

NINO GILARDE

Chief Financial Officer

Nino Gilarde brings nearly 25 years of strategic financial management experience to the Viant Leadership Team. Over his career, he has held executive positions providing leadership and financial expertise in working capital management, cost accounting, mergers and acquisitions, investor relations, and audit management. 

Nino joined Viant in 2018. Previously, he was Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for OrthoLite. Prior to that, he served as CFO for Vention Medical, where he had responsibility for all financial activity including accounting, information services, controllership, risk management, acquisitions, and restructuring activities. He has also held financial leadership positions at Tyco Healthcare and Covidien. Nino earned an MBA from Suffolk University and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Boston University. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Lupus Foundation of New England.

 

SEAN CROWLEY

Chief Operating Officer

Sean Crowley oversees the operations of Viant’s worldwide facilities and leads the company’s Operational Excellence, Supply Chain Management, and Engineering initiatives. Sean joined Viant in 2018 with more than 20 years of global operations and supply chain experience. Previously, he served as vice president of global operations for the Medtronic Minimally Invasive Therapies Group, where he led supply chain, engineering, and manufacturing operations for 29 manufacturing facilities supporting $7.5 billion of revenue. Prior to that, he worked in manufacturing and operational excellence at Xerox Corp. He began his career as an officer in the U.S. Army. Sean has a master’s degree in engineering and global operations management from Clarkson University and a bachelor’s degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He is a Master Black Belt in Six Sigma and a Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma.

 

BILL FLAHERTY

Chief Commercial Officer

Bill Flaherty leads Viant’s sales and marketing organization, driving strategy to build the Viant brand and partnering with customers to find cost-effective solutions to their medical device needs. Bill joined Viant in 2017 through the acquisition of Vention Medical, where he served as President, Device Manufacturing Services. Previously, he was President of FlexMedical, a division of Flextronics, and held several executive roles in high-technology industries. He spent more than 15 years at GE in divisions ranging from Industrial to Financial Services. Bill has a bachelor’s degree in business administration with concentrations in marketing and finance from the University of Vermont. He earned a Master Black Belt Certification from GE and participated in Stanford University’s Executive Management Program.

 

GREG KAYATA

Chief Human Resources Officer

Greg Kayata leads Viant’s global human resources function including employee engagement, compensation and benefits, talent acquisition and development, and performance management. Greg came to Viant in 2018 with over 30 years of human resources leadership experience, eleven in the medical device space. Previously he served as Chief Human Resources Officer at Acelity where he led the global human resources function including total rewards, organizational development, learning, HRMS and talent acquisition. Prior to that role, he held various leadership roles at Covidien and Tyco Healthcare (now part of Medtronic) where he oversaw the corporate total rewards function after leading the human resources function for a global business unit.  Previously, he spent more than twenty years with Invensys (now part of Schneider) and General Dynamics in a variety of progressively responsible human resources roles. He has master’s degree in industrial relations from the University of New Haven and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Providence College.

 

DECLAN SMYTH

President, Franchise

Declan Smyth is responsible for setting Viant’s strategic direction to ensure we meet the needs of the markets and customers we serve. He has significant knowledge of the medical device industry, including engineering and manufacturing components, assemblies, finished devices and enabling platform technologies. He brings a strong engineering background, combined with expertise in technology and operations. Declan joined Viant in 2018. Previously, he spent more than 15 years with Integer in executive leadership, marketing, operational and engineering management roles within the Advanced Surgical business. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Harvard University and is certified as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.

 

MARK ALLEN

President, Orthoplastics

Mark Allen leads Viant’s Orthoplastics operations in the UK, the leading supplier of premium-grade orthopedic ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) for orthopedic medical devices. Mark joined Viant in 2013 through the acquisition of Orthoplastics, where he served as Technical Director. Previously, he was a polymer research technologist at Rapra Technology (now known as Smithers Rapra) with more than 10 years of service across diverse markets, including the medical device industry. He earned a bachelor’s degree in polymer science and technology and additional credentials in production and mechanical engineering. He is a member of the Orthopedic Research Society and a committee member of the American Society for Testing and Materials.

 

TRISH ALBERT

Corporate Vice President and General Counsel

Trish Albert is responsible for Viant’s legal affairs, including overseeing the company’s corporate governance, contracts, compliance, intellectual property, and business policy. Trish brings 20 years of legal experience to her role. Previously, she served as Vice President and Corporate Counsel for Vention Medical (formerly known as Advanced Polymers). Prior to that, she was an attorney with a law firm in Nashua, New Hampshire. Trish serves on the Board of Directors for Nashua Children’s Home. She earned a bachelor’s degree in History and English from the University of Southern Maine and a JD from Suffolk University Law School.

 

DAVE ROSE

Corporate Vice President of QA/RA

Chief Compliance Officer

Dave Rose leads the evolution of Viant’s quality and regulatory functions. He sets the direction for our commitment to providing quality medical devices and components and maintaining compliance with all quality and regulatory requirements. Dave brings more than 25 years of medical device manufacturing experience to this role. Most recently, he was Senior Quality Director at Becton Dickinson, where he oversaw Peripheral Interventional Division manufacturing sites. Before that, he served in senior leadership roles at Getinge (Maquet Medical Systems), Delcath Systems, Navilyst Medical (Boston Scientific), and Tyco Healthcare. Dave is a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt and is certified in Lean Manufacturing. He has a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Boston College.