Executive Management Team

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Charles H. Sherwood, Ph.D.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Biography PhotoCharles H. Sherwood, Ph.D.
President and Chief Executive Officer


Charles H. Sherwood, Ph.D. has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Anika Therapeutics since 2002. Dr. Sherwood joined Anika in 1998 with extensive experience in research, engineering, manufacturing, quality assurance, regulatory affairs and business management. He first served at Anika in the position of Vice President of Research, Development and Engineering. Prior to joining Anika, he was a senior director with Chiron Vision, responsible for medical product development and commerc... 
Sylvia Cheung
Chief Financial Officer
Biography PhotoSylvia Cheung
Chief Financial Officer


On April, 1, 2013, Sylvia Cheung was appointed as Chief Financial Officer. Ms. Cheung brings to Anika a substantial number of years of financial and general management experience. Prior to her current position as Vice President of Strategic Processes, Sylvia served as General Manager for the company’s Italian-based subsidiary, Anika Srl. She joined Anika as Controller in 2005. In addition to fulfilling wide-ranging financial responsibilities as Controller, Sylvia led the company’s integration... 

John W. Sheets, Jr., Ph.D.
Chief Scientific Officer
Biography PhotoJohn W. Sheets, Jr., Ph.D.
Chief Scientific Officer


John W. Sheets, Jr., Ph.D. joined Anika Therapeutics, Inc. as its new Chief Scientific Officer on September 30, 2013. Most recently, Dr. Sheets was at Boston Scientific, where he was Senior Vice President, Corporate Research. At Boston Scientific, he was responsible for revitalizing product development by establishing new global processes, creating worldwide technology strategies, and establishing new product sourcing and development networks with a focus on emerging markets.

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Carol Barnett
Chief Commercial Officer
Biography PhotoCarol Barnett
Chief Commercial Officer


Carol Barnett was appointed Chief Commercial Officer in August, 2012. Carol’s responsibilities include all global commercial and marketing functions and activities in Anika’s locations in both Bedford and Abano Terme, Italy. Carol has more than 20 years business experience with the last fifteen with Medtronic, Inc. in Minneapolis, MN, a leading medical technology company. While at Medtronic, Carol served in a variety of marketing and general management capacities including VP and General Manager... 
William  Mrachek
Vice President, Human Resources
Biography PhotoWilliam  Mrachek
Vice President, Human Resources


Mr. Mrachek has served as Vice President of Human Resources at Anika Therapeutics since April 2007. He joined Anika in 2001 and in 2003 became the Executive Director of Human Resources. He previously served as the Vice President of Human Resources for iQ NetSolutions, a start-up engaged in Massachusetts proprietary enterprise telephony solutions converging voice and data. From 1994 to 2000, Mr. Mrachek was Director of Human Resources for Programart Corp., a private software company developing... 
Ed Gaj, Jr.
Vice President, Business Development
Biography PhotoEd Gaj, Jr.
Vice President, Business Development


Ed Gaj, Jr. is Vice President Business Development. Ed rejoined Anika in March 2012 after serving as Partner for Praxis Advisors LLC and Vice President Corporate Development at Nucryst Pharmaceutical Corp from 2007 to 2008 where he was responsible for marketing, business development and intellectual property. Previously, he was at Anika in the capacities of Aesthetics Franchise Director and Executive Director for Marketing and Business Development from 1998 to 2007. Ed’s career includes posit... 

Carol  Pekar
Vice President Regulatory and Clinical Affairs
Biography PhotoCarol  Pekar
Vice President Regulatory and Clinical Affairs


Carol Pekar joined Anika in May, 2013, as Vice President Regulatory and Clinical Affairs. Most recently, Carol served as Senior Director of Global Clinical and Regulatory Affairs for Abiomed, Inc. where she was responsible for the development of clinical and regulatory strategies for a product line of Class III implantable devices. Previously, she worked at Palomar Medical Technologies Inc. as Director of Clinical Affairs. In addition, Carol has been employed at Parexel, Clinical Assista...