Board of Directors

Peter C. Farrell , , PhD, DSc, AM , , Founder And Chairman Of The Board

Peter Farrell is the founder and chairman of the board of ResMed and has been chairman and a director since its inception in June 1989.

Dr. Farrell also served as chief executive officer from July 1990 until December 2007, and from February 2011 until March 2013. Dr. Farrell served as executive chairman of the board from December 2007 until February 2011, and from March 2013 through December 2013. Since January 1, 2014, he has been a non-officer employee of ResMed.

From July 1984 to June 1989, Dr. Farrell served as vice president, research and development at various subsidiaries of Baxter International, Inc., and from August 1985 to June 1989, he also served as managing director of the Baxter Center for Medical Research Pty Ltd., a Baxter subsidiary. From January 1978 to December 1989, he was foundation director of the Graduate School for Biomedical Engineering at the University of New South Wales, where he currently serves as a visiting professor and as chairman of the UNSW Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He also serves on the Visiting Committee of the Health Sciences & Technology Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and on the MIT Dean of Engineering’s Advisory Council.

Dr. Farrell also serves as independent board chairman at Arcturus Therapeutics Ltd (NASDAQ: ARCT), an RNA therapeutics company, and on two faculty advisory boards at the University of California, San Diego: the Rady Business School and the Jacobs Engineering School. He holds a B.E. in chemical engineering with honors from the University of Sydney, an S.M. in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Ph.D. in chemical engineering and bioengineering from the University of Washington, Seattle and a D.Sc. from the University of New South Wales for research contributions in the field of treatment with the artificial kidney.

From 2005 through 2018, Dr. Farrell was a director of NuVasive, Inc., a NASDAQ-listed company which develops and markets products for the surgical treatment of spine disorders. From 2007 through 2014, he was the non-executive chairman of the board of QRx Pharma, a specialty pharmaceutical company.

Dr. Farrell is a fellow or honorary fellow of several professional bodies, including being a member of the National Academy of Engineering, to which he was elected in 2012. Dr. Farrell was named 1998 San Diego Entrepreneur of the Year for Health Sciences, Australian Entrepreneur of the Year in 2001 and US National Entrepreneur of the Year for Health Sciences in 2005. Dr. Farrell joined the Executive Council of the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School in 1998, served as vice chairman from 2000 until 2010 when he became chairman; he served in that capacity until May 2013. In 2012, he joined the board of trustees of the Scripps Research Institute.

Dr. Farrell’s son, Michael Farrell, is ResMed’s chief executive officer and one of its directors.

Dr. Farrell’s role as our founder and chief executive officer for over 20 years provides him with a unique and deep understanding of our operations, technology and industry. In addition, his background reflects significant executive experience with other publicly-held medical technology companies and public company governance experience and training. This experience and training includes more than seven years of experience on the nominating and governance committee and one year of experience on the compensation committee of NuVasive, as well as coursework specific to corporate governance from the Harvard Business School.

Michael J. Farrell , , BE, SM, MBA , , Chief Executive Officer

Michael "Mick" Farrell is the CEO for ResMed and has held the role since March 2013. Prior to that appointment, Mr. Farrell served as President, Americas for ResMed from 2011 to 2013. He was previously senior vice president of the global business unit for sleep apnea therapeutic and diagnostic devices from 2007 to 2011, and before that he held various senior roles in marketing and business development at the company.

Before joining ResMed in 2000, Mr. Farrell worked in management consulting, biotechnology, chemicals, and metals manufacturing at Arthur D. Little, Genzyme Corporation (now part of Sanofi), The Dow Chemical Company, and BHP Billiton.

Mr. Farrell serves on the board of directors of Zimmer Biomet (NYSE: ZBH), a multi-billion dollar public company that provides implantable musculoskeletal medical devices for patients globally. Mr. Farrell is a member of the Compensation and Management Development committee as well as the Research, Innovation and Technology committee at Zimmer Biomet. Mr. Farrell serves on the ResMed board of directors as well as on the board of directors of the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed), based in Washington, DC. He also volunteers as a trustee for non-profit organizations: UC San Diego Foundation, Rady Children’s Hospital, the La Jolla Playhouse, and the Museum of Man in San Diego.

Mr. Farrell holds a bachelor of engineering, with first-class honors, from the University of New South Wales, a master of science in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an M.B.A. from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Ronald Taylor , , MA , , Lead Director

Ron Taylor has served as our director since January 2005 and our independent lead director since July 1, 2013. He is chair of our nominating and governance committee and a member of our compensation committee.

In 1987, Mr. Taylor founded Pyxis Corporation, a manufacturer of automated drug dispensers for hospitals, where he served as chairman, president, and chief executive officer until its purchase by Cardinal Health, Inc., in 1996. For six years before founding Pyxis, Mr. Taylor was responsible for operations and international sales at Hybritech, Inc., a biotechnology company. Before joining Hybritech, he served for 10 years in management roles at Allergan plc, a NYSE listed pharmaceutical company.

Mr. Taylor is a director of Allergan plc. From 1998 through 2014, he served as a member of the Red Lion Hotels governance, compensation and audit committees. From 2002 until his appointment to the ResMed board in 2005, he served as chairman of the ResMed Foundation.

Mr. Taylor received a B.A. from the University of Saskatchewan and an M.A. from the University of California, Irvine.

Mr. Taylor’s background reflects significant executive and operational experience with publicly-held medical technology and pharmaceutical companies, including experience in evaluating and investing in healthcare companies as a partner in a venture capital firm, and public company governance experience. He has been a director of approximately 20 public and privately held companies over the past 27 years. In addition, he has more than 15 years of experience as a member of the Red Lion Hotels governance, compensation and audit committees, and more than 20 years of experience as a member of the Allergan audit, compensation and governance committees.

Carol J. Burt , , BBA , , Director

Carol Burt has served as our director since November 2013. She is chair of our audit and compliance committee.

Ms. Burt has been a principal of Burt-Hilliard Investments since 2008, and since January 2013, serves on the operating council and acts as a senior advisor to Consonance Capital Partners, a New York-based private equity firm focused on investing in the U.S. healthcare industry.

In addition to ResMed, Ms. Burt serves on the boards of Envision Healthcare, a publicly-held company providing integrated facility-based physician services, ambulatory surgery and comprehensive patient care management and WellDyne RX, a privately-held pharmacy benefit management company. Ms. Burt chairs Envision’s nominating and governance committee and serves on the audit committee. In addition, Ms. Burt chairs WellDyne’s audit committee. Previously, Ms. Burt served on the public boards of WellCare Health Plans, Inc., Vanguard Health Systems, Inc., Transitional Hospitals Corporation, and privately-held KEPRO.

Ms. Burt was formerly an executive of WellPoint, Inc. (now Anthem, Inc.), where she served from 1997 to 2007, most recently as WellPoint’s senior vice president, corporate finance and development. Ms. Burt was a member of the executive team that built WellPoint from a small single state Blue Cross plan to one of the country's leading health benefits companies with nationwide reach, revenues of $61 billion and market cap of $50 billion. In her time at WellPoint, Ms. Burt was responsible for, among other things, corporate strategic planning and execution, mergers and acquisitions, strategic investments, finance, treasury, and real estate management. In addition, WellPoint’s financial services and international insurance business units reported to her.

Prior to joining WellPoint, Ms. Burt was senior vice president and treasurer of American Medical Response overseeing its sale to Laidlaw, Inc. Ms. Burt spent 16 years at Chase Securities, Inc. (now JP Morgan), most recently as managing director and head of the Health Care Investment Banking Group. Ms. Burt founded and built Chase’s Health Care Group into the industry leader in health care financing.

Ms. Burt is a member of Women Corporate Directors and NACD where she is a Board Fellow. She most recently served as Chair of the Fortune 1000 Working Group for the Women’s Leadership Foundation of Colorado. Over the years, Ms. Burt has served in leadership positions on numerous not for profit boards including currently as the incoming chair for The Nature Conservancy of Colorado.

Ms. Burt graduated magna cum laude, from the University of Houston, earning a Bachelor of Business Administration.

Ms. Burt’s skills and experience, particularly her over 35 years of experience in executive management, operations, strategy, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, accounting, and investment banking in the health insurance, healthcare services and financial services industries, combined with her board experience, led the board to the conclusion that she should serve as a director.

Karen Drexler , , BSE, MBA , , Director

Karen Drexler has served as our director since November 2017. She is a member of our audit committee.

Ms. Drexler is currently chief executive officer and a board member of Sandstone Diagnostics, Inc., a private company developing instruments and consumables for point-of-care medical testing. She has been on its board since 2014, and became CEO in 2016. Ms. Drexler also serves on the board of directors of AP360, a for-profit subsidiary of Medicines360, a women's health company. From 2011 to late 2017, Ms. Drexler served as chairman of the board of directors of Hygieia, Inc., a private digital insulin therapy company. She remains involved as an advisor to the CEO. Ms. Drexler also acts as a senior strategic advisor for several other early stage companies and is on the board of directors for the Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education at Princeton University.

Ms. Drexler has served on numerous private company boards in the past in the fields of diagnostics, medical devices and digital health. Ms. Drexler is an active mentor and advisor with Astia, www.astia.org, a global nonprofit that supports high potential female founders. She is a founding member of Astia Angels, a network of individual investors who fund such founders. Ms. Drexler is also a lead mentor with StartX, the Stanford University incubator. She is also on the Life Science Council for Springboard, www.sb.co, an accelerator for women-led technology-oriented companies. Through her work with Astia, Springboard and StartX, Ms. Drexler interacts with many promising young medtech companies.

Ms. Drexler was the president and chief executive officer of Amira Medical Inc., a private company focused on minimally invasive glucose monitoring technology, from 1996 until it was sold to Roche Holding AG in 2001. From 1984 to 1995, she held various positions in marketing, sales, manufacturing, business development, and research and development at LifeScan. She played a key role in the sale of LifeScan to Johnson & Johnson in 1986.

Ms. Drexler holds a B.S.E. in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University and an M.B.A. from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Ms. Drexler’s executive and board experience in the medical diagnostics and medical device industries, particularly her experience in technology and data security, and out-of-hospital care models, led our board to conclude she should serve as a director.

Richard Sulpizio , , BA, MS , , Director

Rich Sulpizio has served as our director since August 2005. He is chair of our compensation committee.

Mr. Sulpizio retired as President and COO of Qualcomm, Inc. in 2001. He served on Qualcomm’s board of directors from 2000 until 2007. Mr. Sulpizio joined Qualcomm in 1991 and in 1994, was appointed president of Qualcomm Wireless Business Solutions. Four years later, he became Qualcomm’s President and COO. In 2002, he re-joined Qualcomm to serve as interim president of Qualcomm China and then took the helm of Qualcomm Europe in 2004. He was appointed as president in 2005 of MediaFLO USA, Inc. a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qualcomm, and was chartered with overseeing the development and deployment of MediaFLO technology and bringing multimedia services to the wireless industry. Mr. Sulpizio’s last assignment, from December 2009 to November 2013, was President and CEO of Qualcomm Enterprise Services (QES), a division of Qualcomm, Inc., which was sold to a private equity firm.

Before joining Qualcomm, Mr. Sulpizio worked at Unisys Corporation and Fluor Corporation.

Mr. Sulpizio currently serves as a director of CA, Inc., an information technology management software company. He also serves as an honorary board member of the advisory board of the University of California San Diego’s Sulpizio Family Cardiovascular Center. Mr. Sulpizio holds a B.A. from California State University, Los Angeles, and an M.S. in Systems Management from the University of Southern California. Mr. Sulpizio’s background reflects significant executive and operational experience with publicly-held technology companies, including his service as the president and chief operating officer of Qualcomm, and seven years as a member of the Qualcomm board’s strategic committee. In addition, Mr. Sulpizio also serves as chair of the compensation committee and a member of the governance committee of CA Technologies. In 2015 the Corporate Directors Forum honored Mr. Sulpizio as “Director of the Year in Corporate Governance.”

John Wareham , , BS, MBA , , Director

John Wareham has served as our director since January 2005. From September 1993 to January 2004, Mr. Wareham was the president of Beckman Coulter, Inc. a NYSE-listed biomedical company that develops and markets instruments, chemistries, software and supplies to simplify and automate laboratory processes. Mr. Wareham also served as chief executive officer from August 1998 to February 2005 and chairman from January 1999 to April 2005. Before joining Beckman Coulter in 1984, Mr. Wareham was president of Norden Laboratories, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of SmithKline Beckman. He first joined a predecessor of SmithKline Beckman Corporation in 1968.

Mr. Wareham is a director and non-executive chairman of STERIS Corporation, a NYSE-listed market leader in infection prevention, decontamination and health science technologies, products and services. Mr. Wareham previously served as a director on the boards of Beckman Coulter, Inc., Greatbatch, Inc. and Accuray Incorporated. From 2000-2001, Mr. Wareham served as chairman of the Advanced Medical Technology Association, or AdvaMed, a medical device industry trade association.

Mr. Wareham holds a B.S. cum laude, in pharmacy from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, and an M.B.A., with honors, from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Committee Composition


Audit Committee Compensation Committee Nominating and Governance Committee
Carol J. Burt, BBA


Karen Drexler, BSE, MBA


Richard Sulpizio, BA, MS


Ronald Taylor, MA


John Wareham, BS, MBA


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Member Member
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