Board of Directors

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

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

Dr. Farrell served as CEO from July 1990 until December 2007, and from February 2011 until March 2013. He served as executive board chairman 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.

Before founding ResMed, Dr. Farrell served as vice president of research and development at various subsidiaries of Baxter International, Inc. (NYSE: BAX), from July 1984 to June 1989, and managing director of the Baxter Center for Medical Research Pty Ltd., a Baxter subsidiary, from August 1985 to June 1989. 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 served on the Visiting Committee of the Harvard/Massachusetts Institute of Technology Health Sciences & Technology Program from 1998 through 2018, and currently serves 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 is also chair of WaveGuide, a startup leveraging nuclear magnetic resonance technology developed within Harvard’s School of Physics.

Dr. Farrell’s past board appointments include director of NuVasive, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUVA), which develops and markets products for the surgical treatment of spine disorders from 2005 through 2018, and non-executive board chairman of QRx Pharma, a specialty pharmaceutical company, from 2007 through 2014.

Dr. Farrell is a fellow or honorary fellow of several professional bodies. In 2012, he became an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering and joined the board of trustees of Scripps Research. He was named 2005 U.S. National Entrepreneur of the Year for Health Sciences, 2001 Australian Entrepreneur of the Year, and 1998 San Diego Entrepreneur of the Year for Health Sciences. He has served on the Executive Council of the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School since 1998, served as vice chairman from 2000 until 2010, and chairman until May 2013.

Dr. Farrell has a B.E. in chemical engineering with honors from the University of Sydney, an S.M. in chemical engineering from MIT, 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, Sydney, for research contributions in the field of treatment with the artificial kidney.

Ronald Taylor , , MA , , Lead Director

Ron Taylor has served as ResMed’s director since January 2005 and its independent lead director since July 1, 2013. He is chair of ResMed’s nominating and governance committee and a member of its audit committee.

In 1987, Mr. Taylor founded Pyxis Corporation, a manufacturer of automated drug dispensers for hospitals, where he served as chairman, president, and CEO 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 (NYSE: AGN), a pharmaceutical company. From 1998-2001, he was a general partner at Enterprise Partners Venture Capital.

Mr. Taylor’s past public company board experience includes service as a director at Allergan from 1994 through 2018. 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 has a B.A. from the University of Saskatchewan and an M.A. from the University of California, Irvine.

Carol J. Burt , , BBA , , Director

Carol Burt has served as ResMed’s director since November 2013, and is chair of its audit committee.

Ms. Burt has been a principal of Burt-Hilliard Investments since 2008, and since January 2013, has served as a senior advisor and operating council member 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 IQVIA (NYSE: IQV), a global leader in healthcare information, innovative technology solutions, and contract research services; and WellDyne RX, a privately held pharmacy benefit management company, where she chairs the audit committee. Previously, she served on the public boards of Envision Healthcare, Inc., WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG), Vanguard Health Systems, Inc., Transitional Hospitals Corporation, and privately held KEPRO.

Ms. Burt was formerly an executive of WellPoint, Inc., now Anthem, Inc (NYSE: ANTM), where she served from 1997 to 2007, most recently as WellPoint’s senior vice president of corporate finance and development. She 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. She was responsible for Wellpoint’s corporate strategic planning and execution; mergers and acquisitions; strategic investments; finance, treasury, and real estate management; financial services; and international insurance businesses.

Before WellPoint, Ms. Burt was senior vice president and treasurer of American Medical Response, overseeing its sale to Laidlaw, Inc. Previously, she spent 16 years at Chase Securities, Inc., now JP Morgan Chase & Co (NYSE: JPM), most recently as managing director and head of the Health Care Investment Banking Group. She 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, Women’s Forum, and the National Association of Corporate Directors. 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 current chair for The Nature Conservancy of Colorado.

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

Jan De Witte , , MSE, MBA , , Director

Jan De Witte has served as ResMed’s director since May 2019, and is a member of its audit committee.

Mr. De Witte is CEO of Barco (EBR: BAR), a global leader in advanced visualization solutions for Healthcare, Entertainment and Enterprise with headquarters in Belgium, a position he has held since October 2016. 

Mr. De Witte is a global leader in service, solution, and software business who over the past 30 years has served in a variety of operational and business leadership roles.

Before joining Barco in October 2016, Mr. De Witte was an officer of the General Electric Company (NYSE: GE), and CEO of its healthcare division’s software and solutions business. During his 17-year tenure with GE, he worked in management and CEO roles in manufacturing, supply chain, quality/lean six sigma, services, and software solutions, covering business responsibilities across Europe, Middle East, China, Asia-Pacific, and the Americas. While at GE, he and his family lived in Belgium, London, Chicago, Milwaukee, and Paris. 

Before GE, Mr. De Witte held operational management positions in supply chain and manufacturing at Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG) in Europe. He also served as senior consultant with McKinsey & Company serving clients in airline, process, and high-tech industries across Europe.

Mr. De Witte holds a Master’s degree in electromechanical engineering with Greatest Distinction from the KU Leuven in Belgium, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Karen Drexler , , BSE, MBA , , Director

Karen Drexler has served as ResMed’s director since November 2017, and is a member of its compensation committee.

Ms. Drexler is CEO 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 subsidiary of Medicines360, a women's health company. From 2011 to late 2017, she served as chairman of the board of Hygieia, Inc., a private digital insulin therapy company, and remains involved as an advisor to the CEO. She also acts as a senior strategic advisor for 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 fields of diagnostics, medical devices, and digital health. She is an active mentor and advisor with Astia, 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, and a lead mentor with StartX, the Stanford University incubator. She is also on the Life Science Council for Springboard, an accelerator for women-led technology-oriented companies. Through her work with Astia, Springboard, and StartX, she interacts with many promising young medtech companies.

Ms. Drexler was founder, president, and CEO 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. Before Amira Medical, she held management roles at LifeScan and played a key role in its sale to Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ).

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.

Harjit Gill , , BA , , Director

Harjit Gill has served as ResMed’s director since November 2018, and is a member of its compensation committee.

Ms. Gill is CEO of the Asia Pacific Medical Technology Association (APACMed), the first and only regional association to provide a unified voice for the medical device, equipment, and in-vitro diagnostics industry in Asia Pacific. Since 2016, she has been an advisor to Delmedica Investments, a Singapore-based company focused on respiratory healthcare and inventors of the X-Halo breath thermometer. She is also a member of the board of directors of Apollo Education and Training, a private company providing English teaching in Vietnam, where she has served since 2017. She is the current Chapter Chair Gold of the YPO Singapore Chapter.

From 2015 to 2016, Ms. Gill served as chief operations and marketing officer for HTC, Taiwan (OTCMKTS: HTCKF). From 1990 to 2015, she worked for Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG) in various roles. From 2012 to 2015, she was executive vice president and chief executive officer for Philips ASEAN & Pacific, based in Singapore, responsible for Healthcare/Lighting and Consumer Lifestyle. From 2009 to 2012, she was senior vice president of International Sales, and from 2006 to 2009, was vice president of Asia for Philips Consumer Lifestyle Products. Before 2006, she held progressive roles in the Netherlands, Hong Kong, Dubai, and Singapore for Consumer Electronics.

From 2012 to January 2018, Ms. Gill served as a board member of the National University of Singapore, Entrepreneurship Committee. From 2012 to 2015, she was a board member of the Singapore International Chamber of Commerce. She was also a 2014–15 member of the World Economic Forum South East Asia Council.

Ms. Gill has a bachelor of arts (honors) in combined studies from the University of Manchester.

Richard Sulpizio , , BA, MS , , Director

Rich Sulpizio has served as ResMed’s director since August 2005. He is chair of its compensation committee, and a member of its nominating and governance committee.

Mr. Sulpizio retired as president and chief operating officer of Qualcomm, Inc. (NASDAQ: QCOM) 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 rejoined 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. His last assignment, from December 2009 to November 2013, was president and CEO of Qualcomm Enterprise Services (QES), which was sold to a private equity firm.

Before joining Qualcomm, Mr. Sulpizio worked at Unisys Corporation (NYSE: UIS) and Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR).

From 2009 through 2018, Mr. Sulpizio served as a director of CA, Inc. (NASDAQ: CA), an information technology management software company. He currently serves as an honorary board member of the advisory board of the University of California San Diego’s Sulpizio Family Cardiovascular Center.

He holds a B.A. from California State University, Los Angeles, and an M.S. in systems management from the University of Southern California.

John Wareham , , BS, MBA , , Director

John Wareham has served as ResMed’s director since January 2005, and is on its audit committee and nominating and governance committee.

From September 1993 to January 2004, Mr. Wareham was the president of Beckman Coulter, Inc. (NYSE: BEC), a biomedical company that develops and markets instruments, chemistries, software and supplies to simplify and automate laboratory processes. He also served as CEO from August 1998 to February 2005 and chairman from January 1999 to April 2005. Before joining Beckman Coulter in 1984, he was president of Norden Laboratories, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of SmithKline Beckman. He first joined a predecessor of SmithKline Beckman Corporation in 1968.

From 2000 through 2018, Mr. Wareham was a director and, from 2005 through 2018, non-executive chairman, of STERIS Corporation (NYSE: STE), a market leader in infection prevention, decontamination, and health science technologies, products, and services. He previously served as a director on the boards of Beckman Coulter, Inc., Greatbatch, Inc. (now a subsidiary of Integer Holdings Corp [NYSE: ITGR]) and Accuray Incorporated (NASDAQ: ARAY). 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


Harjit Gill, BA


Richard Sulpizio, BA, MS


Ronald Taylor, MA


John Wareham, BS, MBA


Chairperson Member Financial Expert
Member Member
Chairperson Chair
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