David H. Kirske assumed his role as our Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer in September 2017. Prior to this, he served as our Principal Financial and Accounting Officer since August 2017. Mr. Kirske leads our finance, accounting and investor relations teams. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Kirske had been an independent chief financial officer (CFO) consultant since January 2013. As a consultant, he provided financial management services to public and emerging growth private companies primarily in the biotechnology industry, as well as in technology and manufacturing.
Mr. Kirske’s financial management experience includes overseeing finance, accounting, operations, and capitalization, in both debt and equity. Prior to his time as a consultant, Mr. Kirske served as Vice President and CFO of Helix BioMedix where he managed all financial and administrative activities. Previously, he was the Treasurer and Corporate Controller for F-5 Networks and Redhook Brewery where he managed both corporate and international entities, as well as being part of the management teams that led and executed each company’s successful initial public offerings. Earlier in his career, he held a controllership position at Cray Computer. Mr. Kirske holds a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Puget Sound.