Branislav Vajdic

Chief Executive Officer, Director

Branislav Vajdic, PhD, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of HeartBeam, Inc, combines over 30 years of experience in technology development and senior management positions. Dr. Vajdic has been deeply involved with the development of HeartBeam’s technology to fit his vision for the Company. Prior to HeartBeam from 2007 to 2010, Dr. Vajdic was CEO and Founder of NewCardio, a publicly traded company in the cardiovascular devices space. From 1984 to 2007, Dr. Vajdic was at Intel, where he held various senior management position. At Intel, Dr. Vajdic and was the designer of first Flash memory and two key inventions that enabled Flash as a product and led engineering groups responsible for Pentium 1 through Pentium 4 designs. Dr. Vajdic was awarded two Intel Achievement Awards, the highest level of award for outstanding contributions to Intel. Dr. Vajdic is author of numerous patents and publications in the fields of cardiovascular devices as well as chip design. Dr. Vajdic holds a PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota.

Richard Brounstein

Chief Financial Officer

Richard D. Brounstein, Chief Financial Officer, combines over 30 years of experience in health technology senior management. Since 2017 Mr. Brounstein has been and is currently a partner of Hardesty, LLC, a financial services firm, and Mr. Brounstein is currently a managing director of CTRLCFO, LLC, a firm Mr. Brounstein founded in 2016 to support funded start-ups in life science and technology. Previously, from 2008 to 2011, Mr. Brounstein was Chief Financial Officer and Secretary on a part-time basis of NewCardio, Inc., a microcap public company in the Cardiology space, and over his career has been with nine other companies in life science or technology, holding positions including Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Treasurer and Accounting Manager. From June 2001 through November 2007, Mr. Brounstein held several positions at Calypte Biomedical Corporation, a publicly traded medical device company, including Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President. Mr. Brounstein served on the Board of CIMR (California Institute of Medical Research) from 2012 to 2018. Since 2000 Mr. Brounstein has been on the Board of Financial Executives International (FEI)’s Silicon Valley Chapter. In January 2007, Mr. Brounstein was appointed as the National Member Representative for the 2007 COSO Monitoring Project, which published new guidelines for monitoring internal financial controls in February 2009; Mr. Brounstein subsequently was a member of the FEI task force that issued the updated COSO Internal Control Framework in 2013. In March 2005, Mr. Brounstein was appointed to the SEC Advisory Committee on Smaller Public Companies. Mr. Brounstein earned his Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certification while working at Arthur Andersen LLP, formerly a public accounting firm. Mr. Brounstein holds a B.A. in accounting and an M.B.A. in finance, both from Michigan State University.

Jon Hunt

Executive Vice President and Chief Business Officer

Jon Hunt has over 34 years’ experience in the Medical/Medical Device Industry with extensive domestic and international experience in general management, clinical/regulatory, sales and marketing. He also has diverse experience in Fortune 500 companies as well as start-up environments. Dr. Hunt was the Vice President of Clinical Science and Technology, Medical Device Innovation Consortium from July 2019 to July 2021, Vice President of Clinical and Regulatory Affairs, Cryterion Medical from January 2018 to June 2019 (acquired by Boston Scientific Corporation in July 2018 for $202M). Dr. Hunt was the Founding President and CEO of Bardy Diagnostics, Inc. from October 2013 to November 2017 (acquired by Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc.). Prior to joining Bardy Diagnostics, Jon spent the previous 11 years as the Vice President of Clinical & Regulatory Affairs with Cameron Health, Inc. (acquired by Boston Scientific Corporation). Dr. Hunt spent the previous 10 years with Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc., St. Jude Medical and Cardiac Pathways Corporation. Dr. Hunt began his career with Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc. (now Boston Scientific Corporation) as the Director of Clinical Programs; he subsequently held positions at St. Jude Medical in Clinical Affairs and as the Business Unit Director for the Cardiac Rhythm Management division for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. At Cardiac Pathways Corporation, Dr. Hunt held various executive positions as Vice President of International Sales and Marketing and Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing (acquired by Boston Scientific Corporation). Dr. Hunt received his Ph.D. in Motor Control from The Pennsylvania State University, his Master’s from California State University, Long Beach and his undergraduate degree from Keele University in the United Kingdom.

Alan Baumel

Chief Operating Officer

For over 35 years, Mr. Baumel has built a reputation as a highly experienced product development, manufacturing, quality assurance, and regulatory affairs professional. He has a strong record of ensuring efficient and successful product commercial approvals and launches at small and large organizations. Before joining HeartBeam, Mr. Baumel was Program Director of the Case for Quality Collaborative Community at Medical Device Innovation Consortium, where he elevated the focus of all medical device stakeholders from baseline quality and regulatory compliance to sustained, predictive practices that advance medical device quality and safety to achieve better patient outcomes. Previously he was Senior Vice President overseeing Product Development, Manufacturing, Quality Assurance, and Regulatory Affairs at Bardy Diagnostics (acquired by Hillrom), a medical device venture that developed the first and only P-wave centric ambulatory ECG monitor. He has also served with multiple medical device companies, including W. L. Gore & Associates, Ablation Frontiers (acquired by Medtronic), and Cameron Health (acquired by Boston Scientific).