Global Leadership Team

  • Todd Tillemans, CEO

    Todd Tillemans


    Mr. Tillemans is the former President of Hershey’s flagship U.S. business generating over $6.5 billion in annual sales.  Prior to that, he held various leadership positions across Unilever’s skin and personal care portfolio where he helped build powerful global personal care brands, including Dove, Axe, Vaseline, Ponds, and Degree.

    Tillemans received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Finance from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He also proudly served in the United States Marine Corps. He enjoys adventure travel with his family, photography, and running.

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  • Richard Bankowski, Vice President, Global Clinical Affairs

    Richard Bankowski

    Vice President, Global Clinical Affairs

    Richard Bankowski joined Palomar Medical Technologies, Inc. in 2000, which was acquired by Cynosure, Inc. in 2013 and currently serves as Vice President of Global Clinical Affairs. He works with leading cosmetic dermatologists and plastic surgeons worldwide on the clinical development, education and training of new technology. A sought-after lecturer, his experience extends across many of the major technologies associated with the medical aesthetic industry.
    For over 20 years he has been directly involved with research & development, clinical applications, sales & marketing and education & training of laser and pulsed-light systems. Prior to joining Palomar, Richard worked on the management team of Continuum Biomedical to pioneer the use of erbium lasers and advance the use of Q-switched lasers. Early in his career as a Sales & Clinical Specialist for HGM Lasers, his understanding of ophthalmic lasers and applications helped expand the market for krypton laser technology in the dermatology market for unwanted pigmented and vascular lesion treatment applications. Richard co-founded a private cosmetic laser dermatology clinic that developed and tested new energy-based technologies. He acted as co-director of the center for 15 years. He is an adjunct member of American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) and a Fellow of the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS), serving on the Industry Advisory Councils of both societies. For the ASLMS, he has previously served on the Education & Standards, International Affairs, Finance and Communications Committees and currently serves on the Nominating Committee. He is also involved with the Strategic Planning session and other educational initiatives of the Society. Beginning at the 2014 ASLMS annual meeting, he served a three year term on the Board of Directors.
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  • James Boll, Vice President, R&D

    James Boll

    Vice President, R&D

    James Boll joined Cynosure in 1993 and has held various positions from Program Manager, Director of New Product Development, Vice President of Engineering and currently Senior Vice President of New Product Development. His career began in 1983 working for Wellman Labs supporting research concentrated on laser-tissue interactions. Jim then went into industry to run government and academic laser development programs before transitioning back to medical laser development for Candela and Laserscope. Jim has consistently worked at the front lines interfacing between physicians and technical groups applying optical and radiofrequency sources along with their delivery systems to many different medical specialties. Jim has a Master’s of Engineering from Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute and bachelor’s from Boston University, both in biomedical engineering.

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  • Eric Brown, Senior Vice President - Engineering

    Eric Brown

    Senior Vice President - Engineering

    Eric Brown joined Cynosure in 2010 as VP of Product Engineering. Eric started his career with Johnson & Johnson’s Codman Division developing neurosurgical equipment and instrumentation. He also ran Smith & Nephew’s Sports Medicine Capital R&D team developing disposable arthroscopic shaver blades, fluid management equipment and control systems. At Kopin Corporation, Eric led a Process Engineering team responsible for high volume production of GaAs Heterojunction Bipolar Transistors via metalorganic chemical vapor deposition. Eric earned a BS in Electrical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering from WPI.

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