BOTHELL, WA, October 23, 2002 - SonoSite, Inc. (SONO) today announced the appointment of Kathy Surace-Smith as vice president and general counsel for the corporation, effective immediately. In her role at SonoSite, Surace-Smith will have responsibility for all corporate legal affairs and management of outside counsel for the Bothell, Washington-based leader in the development and manufacturing of hand-carried ultrasound. She will report directly to Kevin M. Goodwin, president and CEO of SonoSite.
"We are pleased to have Kathy join our team to develop the in-house legal function," said Kevin M. Goodwin, SonoSite's president and CEO. "Her proven legal intellect and wide breadth of experience in handling the legal needs of a growing public company make her a great match for us. We are fortunate to have her knowledge of international law and commerce as we continue to grow our global business and expand our direct operations in Europe.
" Surace-Smith joins SonoSite from her previous position as vice president and general counsel at Redmond, Washington-based Metawave Communications Corporation. Prior to her work with Metawave, Surace-Smith served as International Counsel for Alcatel Telecom in Paris and as Counsel to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London. After receiving her law degree from Columbia University, where she served as editor of the Columbia Law Review, she was in private practice with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. She received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University.
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 eight subsidiaries and a global distribution netwok in over 75 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 approximately 450 people worldwide.