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Michael Paolucci and QuentinBlackford/NuVasive

Executive Changes at NuVasive

Elizabeth Hofheinz, M.P.H., M.Ed. • Wed, March 26th, 2014

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NuVasive, Inc., a company focusing on minimally disruptive products and procedures, is announcing major executive leadership changes.

Quentin Blackford has been promoted to the Executive Leadership Committee as Executive Vice President of Finance and Investor Relations. Blackford joined NuVasive in 2009, and with nearly 15 years of financial experience within medical device organizations, his effort and insight will be invaluable as NuVasive drives toward $1 billion and beyond in revenues with improved profitability.

The company also announced the resignation of Craig Hunsaker, Senior Vice President of Global Human Resources, which will be effective March 31, 2014. Hunsaker will assist in the transition of his responsibilities to Mike Paolucci, who has been appointed Executive Vice President of Global Human Resources, effective immediately.

Mike Paolucci joins NuVasive from Life Technologies Corporation, a global life sciences company with over $4 billion in revenue, which was recently acquired by Thermo Fisher Scientific. He brings more than 20 years of broad global human resources experience at the executive and board level that will be instrumental to NuVasive’s evolution into a larger, global business. At Life Technologies, Paolucci was responsible for the global compensation and benefit programs that encompassed more than 10, 000 employees in nearly 40 countries. He also served as a human resources business partner for various business segments and was responsible for the company’s human resources technology systems. Prior to Life Technologies, he served as vice president in various human resources capacities at Hewlett-Packard and EDS Corporation, from 2000 to 2009.

Chairman and CEO Alex Lukianov said, “We are exceptionally grateful to Craig for all of his contributions during his tenure with NuVasive. I am thrilled to welcome both Quentin and Mike to the NuVasive Executive Committee. Their strong propensity for outstanding standards, steadfast focus, and wealth of experience in achieving excellent outcomes will be instrumental to our executive leadership team. I look forward to their contributions and have tremendous confidence in the team we have organized to help us achieve our market share taking strategy.”

Mike Paolucci told OTW, “NuVasive has a rich history and culture that has enabled the organization to be the spine industry leader. I see my role as enhancing the current culture through improving the effectiveness of Human Resource programs, policies and processes that will also allow the business and our customers to achieve their goals. This will also allow us to attract the best talent in our industry and continually grow and development our Shareowners—the most important asset we have.”

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