Chief Executive Officer, President and Chairman of the Board
Mr. Ganz brings more than 30 years of global business experience in sales management, manufacturing, new product design and development as well as mergers & acquisitions. Mr. Ganz will assist SDI with sales & marketing, expansion of the company's product range, review of operations, implementation of cost control measures, development of strategic alliances and financial oversight. During his career Mr. Ganz has bought, built and sold more than half a dozen global businesses with combined sales in excess of $1.0 billion. Most recently, Mr. Ganz sold Maine Industrial Tire LLC to Trelleborg (based out of Sweden) for $67 million, generating a 7.0x return to investors over a three-year period.
Mr. Ganz is a graduate of Columbia Law School in New York City and completed his accounting designation at Georgetown University in Washington DC.
André J. Buys
Chief Technology Officer
Mr. Buys is an experienced mechanical engineer, innovator and entrepreneur. He received his Bachelors and Honors degree in engineering from the University of Pretoria in 2006 and is currently completing his Masters degree in Engineering (Engineering Management). André has over 14 years of product design, innovation and technology management experience and founded several successful engineering consultant businesses. Previously, he designed mine-resistant ambush protected (MRAP) military vehicles used by the US Army in both Iraq and Afghanistan at BAE Systems and was the mechanical design authority on a new submarine periscope system developed at Carl Zeiss Optronics, still in production today. Most recently, André has focused his activities on developing less lethal munitions, launchers and security related products, registering an impressive collection of patents and design registrations in the process, most notably a less lethal projectile that achieves industry leading accuracy, range, payload capacity and safety.
Chief Accounting Officer and Controller
Mr. Dunfey has served as the Company’s Controller since September 2019, a position he will also continue to hold. Mr. Dunfey’s accounting and controls experience include experience in costing, analysis, planning and controls for manufacturing enterprises running on SAP. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Dunfey served as Chief Accountant and Cost Controller at Anika Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ANIK), an integrated joint preservation and regenerative therapies company, where he worked for 15 years. Mr. Dunfey has a BA in Finance from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Lisa Klein Wager
Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Lisa Wager is Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel of SDI. She is responsible for all the Company's legal functions and serves as principal counsel to the CEO, senior management team, and Board of Directors. Ms. Wager's responsibilities include all corporate and regulatory matters, legal risk management, and securities, litigation, and government affairs. She also serves as Secretary to Board of Directors.
Ms. Wager previously was with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, where she worked from 1988 and became a partner in 1990. She has co-chaired the membership committee and securities litigation subcommittee of the Business Section of the American Bar Association and has spoken and published extensively on issues related to securities law and risk management. Earlier in her career Ms. Wager worked at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, and was a law clerk to the Honorable John F. Keenan in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Ms. Wager holds a Juris Doctor degree from Columbia University School of Law and a Bachelor of Science degree from Union College.
Chief Financial Officer
David North, Byrna's new Chief Financial Officer, brings 35 years of financial management experience to the Company. After starting his career as an auditor at Deloitte & Touche, he held various titles of increasing responsibility before his most recent role at Velcro Group Corporation, where he was a Vice President and Corporate Controller. In this position, Mr. North was responsible for the operational turnaround of all global accounting functions, board and annual reporting, external audit coordination, and other internal controls. Prior to that, Mr. North spent six years as the Corporate Controller at The L.S. Starrett Company, a publicly traded multinational manufacturer of measurement tools. Mr. North is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and received a BA from Dartmouth College and an MS in Accounting from New York University Stern School of Business.
Chief Supply Chain Officer
David Schultz, the Company's new Chief Supply Chain Officer, has held various leadership roles in relation to supply chain management, including 14 years as President and General Manager of Perimeter Brand Packaging, a joint venture with Nypro, Inc. (A Jabil Company) which he co-founded and successfully sold his position in 2014. Most recently, David served as Chief Procurement Officer of ConMed Corporation, where he was responsible for all global procurement and sourcing activities for direct and indirect materials. Earlier in his career he was Director of Global Sourcing at Boston Scientific Corporation and spent 13 years at General Electric in various roles including in technical sales and marketing, business development and operations and, in his final 3 years, as Vice President, Sourcing & Dealer Operations for the Fleet Services Division of GE Capital. Mr. Schultz graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BS in Chemical Engineering from University of Massachusetts – Lowell and completed his graduate MBA degree with a concentration in Finance and International Business from Bentley University. He also continued his education by completing the Start Smart Executive Education Program, of the MIT Enterprise Forum, the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, and the GE Executive Leadership Program.
Executive Vice President of International Sales & Marketing
Etienne has over 10 years of successful sales and marketing management, business development and brand positioning. Most recently, Etienne was responsible for developing markets for lasers, optical sights and mil-spec communication gear for international customers in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
Director of Human Resources
Sandra Driscoll, Byrna's new Head of Human Resources, also brings with her a wealth of experience in her field. She previously worked at Eze Castle Integration (ECI), a managed services and technology company, catering to the investment management industry. At ECI, Ms. Driscoll was a Manager, Director and Vice President of Human Resources and Operations, before being promoted to the role of Vice President of Global Human Resources, a position she held for the past nine years. Ms. Driscoll attended the University of Colorado, Boulder.