BOTHELL, WA, February 15, 2005 €“ SonoSite, Inc. (Nasdaq: SONO), the world leader in hand-carried ultrasound, today announced the appointments of Anne M. Bugge as Vice President, Corporate Affairs and John M. Lowell, Vice President, Operations.
Ms. Bugge will have responsibility for developing and managing SonoSite's investor and corporate communications worldwide and will report to Kevin M. Goodwin, SonoSite President and CEO. Ms. Bugge served as Vice President, Corporate and Investor Relations for ATL Ultrasound, Inc. and its predecessor company, Westmark International, Inc. from 1987 until its acquisition by Philips Medical Systems in 1998. Most recently, Ms. Bugge worked with the EVC Group, an investor and corporate communications firm specializing in advising small cap companies. Ms. Bugge received a BA in journalism from Michigan State University, continued academic studies at the University of Oslo and completed the Stanford University Executive Program.
As Vice President, Operations, Mr. Lowell's primary responsibilities will focus on directing manufacturing operations, supplier management and information technology functions at SonoSite and will report to Bradley G. Garrett, SonoSite's Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Lowell has an extensive background in engineering and operations management in the high technology field. Mr. Lowell was employed by ATL Ultrasound from 1989 to 1996 in a number of positions, including manager of transducer engineering and systems manufacturing engineering. Most recently, Mr. Lowell was vice president of engineering and operations for Heater Craft of Rathdrum, Idaho and also formerly served as Vice President of Operations for Advanced Input Devices of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Mr. Lowell holds a BS and MS in mechanical engineering from Montana State University.
"I am delighted to welcome two proven performers to SonoSite," Goodwin said. "Their experience and expertise will play a key role in contributing to our growth agenda over the next five years."
SonoSite, Inc. (www.sonosite.com) is the innovator and world leader in hand carried ultrasound, with an installed base of more than 20,000 systems. The company, headquartered near Seattle, Washington is represented by seven subsidiaries and a global distribution network in over 75 countries. Approximately half of its revenues are generated from international markets. SonoSite's small, lightweight systems are expanding the use of ultrasound across the clinical spectrum by cost-effectively bringing high performance ultrasound to the point of patient care. The company employs approximately 450 people worldwide.