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Our Leadership

Executive Leadership


Earl Lawson

President and Chief Executive Officer

Earl is responsible for CAIRE’s global business with operations in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. He brings 30 years of leadership and market experience across multiple industries including health care and life sciences, energy, chemicals, metals, food and manufacturing.

Earl was previously the President of Chart Industries’ BioMedical Division. He joined Chart in May 2016 from The Linde Group.

He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY, and the Kellogg School of Management, Evanston, IL.

Nick Estes

Chief Financial Officer

As CFO, Nick has managed the finance, accounting, treasury, and tax groups for the organization since joining CAIRE in April 2017.

Prior to CAIRE, Nick spent 12 years with The Home Depot where he was the Finance Director for the Pro Business leading business operations, analytics and insights for over $40B in sales. Nick was also the Divisional CFO for the Western Division stores where he supported over 500 stores and over $35B in revenue.

Nick graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He is very active in the Cherokee County, GA, community, where CAIRE is headquartered, and is currently an elected official who serves as a City Council member for Canton, GA.

Barry Hassett

Vice President, Global Marketing

Barry joined CAIRE in June 2019 with responsibility for managing the global marketing efforts for the Company’s respiratory and commercial businesses. He has more than 20 years of marketing experience in a variety of healthcare sectors, including orthopedics, oncology, neurosurgery, vascular surgery and regenerative therapies. Prior to joining CAIRE he served in a number of executive roles, most recently at TissueTech, leading the marketing initiatives across their surgical and ophthalmic divisions. Prior to that he worked with several successful Atlanta-based medical device start-up companies as well as with large, global organizations earlier in his career.

Barry graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering from Duke University and a Master of Science in Bioengineering from Dartmouth College.

Sonny Hayes

Vice President of Global Operations

Sonny leads the operations and supply chain functions for CAIRE’s global business, with locations in the Americas, EMEA, and Asia Pacific. His experience spans nearly four decades with multiple international organizations, bringing operational leadership focused on a culture of continuous improvement, with strategic and tactical assignments in mergers and acquisitions, complex supply chains, and synergy alignment. He has been involved with industrial, respiratory, medical, safety products, lighting, and battery industries.

Sonny joined CAIRE in January 2022. He previously served as the Global Vice President of Avon Protection Systems plc, and prior to this held similar global roles with Honeywell, North Safety Products, and ABB. He holds a B.S. in Management of Industrial Operations, and is a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt.

Larry Hughes

Vice President and General Manager of AirSep Commercial Products

Larry started his professional career with the Buffalo Forge Company in Buffalo, NY, where he was recruited for their Sales Engineer Training Program. He then joined Xorbox Corporation in Tonawanda, NY, a manufacturer of Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) Oxygen Equipment as their Director of International Sales.

Leaving Xorbox, Larry helped found AirSep Corporation in 1986 and served on its Board of Directors. As Vice President of Sales, Larry started and expanded the AirSep PSA and Vacuum Pressure Swing Adsorption (VPSA) Oxygen Commercial Products Business to over 70 countries worldwide, becoming the industry’s market leader.

Larry is a graduate of Union College in Schenectady, NY, with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.

Larry Hughes

Kurt Kelln

Vice President of Global Respiratory Sales

Before joining CAIRE, Kurt was a member of the Board of Management and Executive Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing, at the French med tech company, Supersonic Imagine. He has lived and worked in the United States, Germany and the United Kingdom and has vast knowledge and experience in global healthcare markets.

Kurt held multiple sales and marketing executive roles in large, medium and small medical device companies. He also has 10 years experience in the area of mergers and acquisitions, and was responsible for much of the integration activity while an executive at Philips Healthcare.

He studied Business Administration at the University of Washington and completed the Octagon Executive Program at Wharton Business School. Kurt relocated back to the US in 2020 after 20 years of overseas assignments.

Edward Kim

Vice President of Engineering and Regulatory Affairs

Edward brings nearly 20 years of engineering, R&D and product development experience in various industries including satellite, airline, environmental, and technical plastics. Before joining CAIRE, he was the Vice President of Engineering for the BioMedical Division of Chart Industries. He led the global engineering team to various industry innovation awards including the HME Business 2018 New Product Award. Prior to Chart, Edward was the Director of Product Development for the Environmental Products division of Cole-Parmer.

Edward has earned both his Bachelor and Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is a native of Georgia and resides in a suburb of Atlanta with his wife, Lauren. In his free time, he is an avid tennis player and a strong supporter of the Atlanta Falcons football team.

Yoon Shin

General Counsel

Yoon Shin joined CAIRE in February 2022 as its General Counsel after more than 20 years of practicing as a corporate attorney. As General Counsel, Yoon is responsible for overseeing all legal aspects of CAIRE’s global business and serves as a strategic partner and contributor to the executive team.

Yoon has a diverse background practicing in New York, Hong Kong and Seattle. She has represented start-ups to Fortune 500 companies in various industries. Prior to joining CAIRE, Yoon was General Counsel at EchoNous, Inc., a KKR portfolio company pioneering in AI-driven ultrasound devices. Yoon is a graduate of Brooklyn Law School where she was a Dean’s Merit Scholar and Barnard College, Columbia University.


Vice President of Information Technology

José is responsible for CAIRE’s global IT organization with operations in the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific. He brings 20 years of leadership and market experience across multiple industries including manufacturing, energy, chemicals, metals and health care.

José was previously the Director of IT for LifeWorks where he lead the IT organization through a divestiture with its former parent company, and played a key leadership role in the growth of the company. He joined CAIRE in October 2018.

José holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Kennesaw State University. He is a native of Georgia and resides in a suburb of Atlanta, where is he active in his community.

Board of Directors

Nick Estes

Chief Financial Officer

Earl Lawson

President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Keizo “Ken” Furusaki

Director, and Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD.

Mr. Furusaki currently serves as Senior General Manager of Corporate Planning Department of NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD. in Japan. He was one of the key players in their successful commercialization of oxygen sensors for vehicle emission control in Automotive and Solid Oxide Fuel Cells for cleaner power generation with carbon dioxide, or CO2, reduction. He has led several cross-border alliances with his entrepreneurship throughout his career in Japan, and when he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of its U.S. subsidiary. Currently, he is also a board member of Spirosure, Inc., a start up for asthma care in the San Francisco Bay Area. Mr. Furusaki’s personal driving principle in his work is to “make people breathe easier.”

Mr. Ken Hosako

Executive Vice President of CAIRE Inc.

Mr. Hosako has been with NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD for over 27 years with increasing levels of responsibility over this time. In 2014, he became President of NGK SPARK PLUG (AUSTRALIA) PTY. LTD. Mr. Hosako became Vice Division Manager of Medical Division at NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD in 2020 and a board member of NTK MEDICAL CO., LTD in April 2021.

Mr. Hosako relocated to CAIRE’s corporate headquarters in June 2021.

Mr. Hiroyuki Maeda

Executive Officer of NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD.

Mr. Maeda has been with NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD. for over 36 years. He has expanded his role over this time, becoming General Manager, Sensor Planning and Engineering in 2012, and Procurement in 2013. He also has some international experiences in Europe for seven years and in the USA for five years. In 2016, Mr. Maeda became a Corporate Officer. And, in 2019, he became an Executive Officer.