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Octane Announces the Appointment of Seven New Board Members

Octane Announces the Appointment of Seven New Board Members

They have all demonstrated their passion for our mission to retain and attract talent, and cultivate innovation, to make Orange County a global force. 

Octane recently announced the appointment of seven to the board of directors. “We look forward to 2023 where we can continue to support startups and entrepreneurs in the fields of ophthalmology, medtech, and aesthetic medicine, among other sectors, and expand into two new verticals with Haystax and healthsocal.ai,” said Janelle Brunette, COO of Octane. “Our Board of Directors is comprised of a dedicated team of community leaders committed to building the SoCal of tomorrow by helping us connect people, resources, and capital to fuel technology growth here in Southern California.” 

Orange County Business Journal recently highlighted our most recently-appointed Board Members Octane Board Members in their Startups & Innovations section. These leaders have all demonstrated their passion for our mission to retain and attract talent, and cultivate innovation, to make Orange County a global force. “Their insight and leadership will be invaluable as we enter the next phase of our organization’s work,” said Bill Carpou, CEO of Octane.

Laurent Attias, SVP Business Development, Alcon

Laurent Attias is a member of the Executive Committee of Alcon (ECA). In his role as Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy, Mr. Attias leads the cooperate development strategy for Alcon which includes all Business Development and Licensing (BD&L), Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) activities.

Akin Ceylan, COO, Home Entertainment & Global Content Delivery, Lionsgate Entertainment

Akin Ceylan has spent the last 27 years in the Entertainment industry and is currently the COO of Home Entertainment and Global Content Delivery for Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B). Akin joined Lionsgate in October 2005 and sets the strategic direction and architect design for Operations in Home Entertainment. Akin is responsible for the global delivery of commercialized feature film and television content to theatres and all platforms that is backed by a 17,000+ title library. Akin oversees all activities related to technical operations, inventory, manufacturing, and distribution for theatrical, digital, and physical media content, system development, supplier partner agreements & relationships, operational P&L, and operational governance – all with an emphasis on revenue maximization & cost efficiency, collaboration & execution, and service & performance optimization.

Andrew Guarni, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Hoag

Andrew Guarni is a Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Hoag. In this role, Mr. Guarni oversees all hospital accounting, including general accounting, payroll, accounts payable, and treasury for Hoag. He is responsible for the finance and accounting, supply chain, materials management, revenue cycle, risk management, health information management, and contracting.

Michael Hedge, Managing Partner, Orange County Office, K&L Gates 

Michael A. Hedge is a partner in the firm’s Orange County office. His practice focuses on capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, corporate governance, and commercial transactions. Michael regularly provides legal advice to some of the leading emerging growth companies in Southern California, particularly in the life sciences and technology industries, during all stages of their corporate life cycle where he has gained vast experience in counseling entrepreneurs on the successful growth and development of their business.

Celine Martin, Company Group Chairman, Cardiovascular & Specialty Solutions Group, Johnson & Johnson

Celine Martin is Company Group Chairman, Cardiovascular & Specialty Solutions (CSS) Group. CSS is a collection of Johnson & Johnson’s high-growth global MedTech businesses. This includes Acclarent, Biosense Webster, Cerenovus, and Mentor, which collectively generate more than $5 billion in annual sales and employ more than 12,000 purpose-driven, high-performing individuals. These businesses harness the power of science, innovation, and technology to help more than 1.2 million patients each year in the areas of Electrophysiology, Neurovascular, Ear, Nose & Throat, and Breast Reconstruction and Aesthetics.

Dominique Worthington, VP & GM Advanced Energy, CSF Management, and Critical Care, Medtronic

Dominique Worthington is Vice President of the Cerebral Spinal Fluid (CSF) Management and Critical Care business and Advanced Energy business at Medtronic. The CSF business supports patients and physicians across the globe with therapies that treat hydrocephalus and traumatic brain injury. The Advanced Energy business supports surgeons with tools designed to minimize scarring and blood loss. 

Kamakshi Zeidler, Founder and Managing Partner, Aesthetx 

Dr. Kamakshi R. Zeidler, a board-certified plastic surgeon, is the founder of Aesthetx, the premier plastic surgery and dermatology practice in the Silicon Valley. A thought leader and visionary in aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery, her exquisite plastic surgery outcomes have earned her renown around the world.


View the full list of Octane Advisors and Board Members here.

Octane ignites innovation and investment in Orange County, aligning high-growth tech and medtech companies with capital and resources to create exponential impact. Its members represent technology executive leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, venture capitalists, academicians, and strategic advisors, all working together to fuel innovation in the OC. The organization has helped more than 1,400 companies via the LaunchPad SBDC accelerator. LaunchPad companies have received more than $4.6 billion in investment and equity exits. Octane annually welcomes more than 7,000 people to its programs and events. More than 2,000 business leaders throughout the region are Octane members. For more information, visit www.octaneoc.org.


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