President & CEO
Mike Carrel joined AtriCure as President and Chief Executive Officer in 2012. Under his leadership, the company has consistently grown revenue at more than 20% per year and the employee base has grown from 200 to over 500 today. Additionally, he has established a patient first company culture, in which the company is investing in ground-breaking clinical trials for the treatment of Atrial Fibrillation and Left Atrial Appendage Management. In addition, during his tenure AtriCure has acquired two companies, Estech and nContact, who have brought leading ablation technologies to further AtriCure’s market position worldwide. Mr. Carrel also serves on the boards of Lombard Medical, the Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA), and the American Heart Association Chapter in Minneapolis.
Mr. Carrel previously served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Vital Images, a publicly-traded medical imaging software company, from 2008 until 2012. He originally joined Vital Images in January 2005 as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. During his tenure at Vital Images, Mr. Carrel led the company to a leadership position in the healthcare and medical software industry. Under his leadership, the company grew revenue and profitability, increased global market share, expanded its presence to over 90 countries, and raised 100 million dollars in equity financings. Prior to Vital Images, Mr. Carrel was President and CEO of Zamba Corporation, a publicly-traded technology company, and Chief Financial Officer of NextNet Wireless, a privately-held provider of non-line-of-sight plug and play broadband wireless access systems, now part of Motorola. Mr. Carrel holds a B.S. in Accounting from Pennsylvania State University and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.