Bryan Scott Ganz
Chief Executive Officer, President and Chairman of the Board
Bryan Scott Ganz has been a Director since June 2016 and served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the Company since April 1, 2019. He became the Company’s President effective July 13, 2018. 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 had been the founder, majority shareholder and a principal of Northeast Industrial Partners LLC, a consulting firm that owns and operates privately held businesses. In addition, he has been a principal in Scudder Bay Property Management LLC, a captive private REIT. Mr. Ganz has a J.D. from Columbia Law School where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and a B.S. in Business Administration from Georgetown University.
Chief Operating Officer
Mike has more than 30 years of experience managing large domestic and international manufacturing operations. Since 1996, Mike was with Linear Technology (now part of Analog Devices), a semiconductor manufacturer. Most recently, from 2016 to 2019, he was the General Manager of Wafer Fab Operations in their Camas, WA plant, the largest fab in the company. There, he significantly reduced site expenses, shortened cycle times, optimized work-in-process inventory and increased operator productivity. In this role, Mike was responsible for a division that generated over $1.1 billion in revenue with annual profits of over $100 million.
Prior to his role as General Manager, Mike was a Managing Director of Global Assembly Operations from 2014 to 2016. In that role, he was responsible for the turnaround of underperforming operations, including inventory management, cycle times, and back-end output, among other things. During his 23 years with Linear Technology, Mike also held roles as Director of Sales in the Western U.S. and Canada, Pacific Northwest Sales Manager, and Technical Sales Engineer. Prior to starting at Linear Technology, Mike began his career as a wafer fab process engineer at International Rectifier Corporation from 1991 to 1996, and at Unisys Corporation from 1989 to 1991. Mike has also served on numerous boards of directors including Linear Semiconductor Sdn Bhd, Frepenca Business Association, and the Pacific Northwest Academy.
Mike holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at San Diego with a focus on semiconductor physics and IC processing.
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 Marketing Revenue Officer
Luan is a multifaceted marketing executive with more than 25 years of experience collaborating with some of the world's largest brands. Most recently, from 2017 to 2020 he was the Chief Revenue and Marketing Officer of Laird Superfood, Inc., a creator of plant-based food products, where he developed brand go-to-market strategies across a broad range of sales channels. Over the course of his tenure with Laird, Luan was a major contributor to the company's explosive revenue growth over the period, and its $400 million equity valuation upon its successful IPO in September 2020.
Prior to Laird, Luan was Head of Marketing for Condé Nast's Golf Digest from 2012 to 2017. In this capacity, he led 360 marketing efforts across Golf Digest brands in print, digital, mobile, social media, and high-profile events. Before he became Head of Marketing, Luan was Golf Digest's Director of Integrated Marketing from 2007 to 2011 where he managed the national golf equipment category, working intimately with brands such as Nike, TaylorMade, Toyota and Apple. During his ten years with Condé Nast, Luan's contributions earned him multiple awards including the 2016 National Addy Award, the 2015 Golf Digest Brands "Marketer of the Year" Award, 2009 Golf World "Marketer of the Year" Award and 2008 Golf Digest "Marketer of the Year" Award, among others. Between his two roles at Condé Nast, Luan was Senior Director of Marketing for Golf and Tennis at Ralph Lauren from 2011 to 2012. There he contributed to double-digit sales growth in the category and was responsible for consumer brand experiences at high profile golf and tennis championship tournaments. Luan began his career at Kiplinger's Personal Finance where, from 1996 to 2007, he served in sales and marketing roles of increasing responsibility, most recently as Sales Development Director. Over the course of his tenure with the publication, he received Kiplinger's "Marketing Excellence" Award for his accomplishments, which included the launch of Kiplinger's Podcasting initiative and online media kit platform.
Luan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from California State University, Fullerton.
Lisa Klein Wager
Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Lisa Wager is Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel of Byrna Technologies Inc. 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 Strategy Officer
Michael Wager was named our Chief Strategy Officer, effective June 28, 2021. From January 2018 to present, Mr. Wager has served as Senior Counsel to Taft, Stettinius & Hollister LLP (Partner, 2011-2017), outside legal counsel to the Company. In addition, from 1988 to present, Mr. Wager has served on the board of Michael Anthony Holdings, Inc. (formerly Michael Anthony Jewelers, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAJJ) and on the board of Cascal N.V. (NYSE:HOO) from 2008 to 2010
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 People Officer
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.
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.