BOTHELL, WA - August 11, 2008 - Sonosite, Inc. (Nasdaq:SONO), the world leader and specialist in hand-carried ultrasound for the point-of-care, announced today that it has appointed James N. Branman to the position of Vice President, US Sales and to Sonosite's Executive Committee. Mr. Branman has held sales management positions at Sonosite since 2001, most recently as Director, US Sales to which he was promoted from the position of regional business director for the Western region in 2006. Mr. Branman's career spans 18 years of increasing responsibility in sales and sales management in the medical technology industry, 16 of which are in the ultrasound industry. He began his career as an ultrasound sales representative for Corometrics Medical Systems in 1991 and among other companies worked for GE Medical Systems and ATL Ultrasound.
"Jim has a tremendous track record and breadth of industry experience," said Kevin M. Goodwin, Sonosite President and CEO. Under his leadership we integrated the US hospital and physician office channels and his team has made a major contribution to the growth in total US sales which accelerated to 19% in the second quarter of this year. Jim is richly deserving of this promotion and I welcome him to the executive management team." As vice president of US sales, Mr. Branman oversees a sales channel consisting of six regions and over 100 direct sales consultants and clinical specialists, the largest dedicated, direct sales force for hand-carried ultrasound in the industry. Mr. Branman holds a bachelor of science degree in history with a minor in political science from Illinois State University. At Sonosite he received the Chairman's Award and was named to the President's Club for four consecutive years from 2002 - 2005 for sales achievement.
Sonosite, Inc. (www.sonosite.com) is the innovator and world leader in hand-carried ultrasound. Headquartered near Seattle, the company is represented by ten subsidiaries and a global distribution network in over 100 countries. 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 over 600 people worldwide.