Owlet Appoints Healthcare Executive Melissa Gonzales to Board of Directors
Owlet, Inc. (NYSE: OWLT, “the Company”), the pioneer of smart baby monitoring, is pleased to announce the addition of Melissa Gonzales to the Company’s Board of Directors. Gonzales brings more than 20 years of consumer and provider healthcare experience to Owlet, further advancing the Company as a leader in infant monitoring solutions.
“Owlet’s growth proposition to facilitate change in health equity through its innovation in connected digital monitoring is extremely exciting,” said Melissa Gonzales. “Creating meaningful momentum and impact within these trends is important to me personally and professionally and I am looking forward to contributing my experience towards supporting Owlet’s growth objectives.”
In her current role as President, Women’s Health at Myriad Genetics, Inc. Gonzales is responsible for serving consumers, patients and healthcare providers with genetic screens and tests that help women assess their risk of hereditary cancer and provide vital insights during pregnancy or when planning a family. She is the Board Chair for March of Dimes, Chicago, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving maternal and infant health in the U.S.
Prior to her role at Myriad, Gonzales was the Executive Vice President, Americas at Medela LLC, a global leader in breast pumps and medical solutions that supports millions of new moms and babies. During her 11 years with Medela, she helped position that company as the most trusted breast pump brand in North America. Earlier in her career, Gonzales led commercial teams at Align Technology and Smith & Nephew.
“As an expert with global consumer healthcare experience, Melissa brings tremendous market knowledge to our Board, especially as Owlet prepares to expand our product offerings to serve parents and their infants with our BabySatTM product, our first FDA-cleared medical pulse oximetry device, for the home,” said Kurt Workman, Owlet CEO and Co-Founder. “Melissa’s demonstrated passion and advocacy for women and families are values that are tightly aligned with Owlet’s mission and vision. We are thrilled to welcome Melissa to our Board and look forward to benefiting from her contributions.”
About Owlet, Inc.
Owlet was founded by a team of parents in 2012. Owlet’s mission is to empower parents with the right information at the right time, to give them more peace of mind and help them find more joy in the journey of parenting. Owlet’s digital parenting platform aims to give parents real-time data and insights to help parents feel calmer and more confident. Owlet believes that every parent deserves peace of mind and the opportunity to feel their well-rested best. Owlet also believes that every child deserves to live a long, happy, and healthy life, and is working to develop products to help further that belief. To learn more, visit www.owletcare.com.
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