and Green who are also executive officers of the Company.
In making its independence determination of Mr. Kennedy, the Board of Directors considered the fact that Mr. Graziano serves as a director of Nova Ventures Corporation, which formerly employed Mr. Kennedy as its President and Chief Financial Officer until his retirement in October 2008.
The positions of Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer are currently occupied by one individual, Chane Graziano
Our Board of Directors believes that this leadership structure has served our Company well in the past and continues to serve it well at present, as Mr. Graziano’s nearly five decades of experience in the laboratory products and analytical instruments industry, his knowledge and understanding of the Company and his significant ownership interest in Harvard Bioscience uniquely qualify him to serve as both Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
combined role, Mr. Graziano
sets the strategic direction for our Company and provides day-to-day leadership.
also sets the agenda for Board meetings with input from the Lead Director and presides over all meetings of the full Board.
This promotes unified leadership and direction for the Board and management.
Since the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer positions are currently occupied by Mr. Graziano, our Board appointed Earl R. Lewis, an independent Director, to serve in the role of Lead Director.
Chane Graziano has served as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Company since March 1996.
Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Graziano served as the President of Analytical Technology Inc., an analytical electrochemistry instruments company, from 1993 to 1996 and as the President and Chief Executive Officer of its predecessor, Analytical Technology Inc.-Orion, an electrochemistry instruments and laboratory products company, from 1990 until 1993.
Mr. Graziano served as the President of Waters Corporation, an analytical instrument manufacturer, from 1985 until 1989.
has over 46 years experience in the laboratory products and analytical instruments industry.
Mr. Graziano serves on the Board of Directors of Nova Holdings LLC and certain of its subsidiaries, including Nova Ventures Corporation, and Advion BioSciences, Inc.
We believe Mr. Graziano’s qualifications to sit on our Board of Directors include his experience in the laboratory products and analytical instruments industry and his executive leadership experience and knowledge and understanding of our Company from serving as our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.