Kathy Odell is a serial entrepreneur with over 30 years of leadership experience in high growth enterprises. Her career focus has been in health and wellness, having founded and led companies in the medical device, fitness and nutrition arenas.
Prior to DSXgroup, she served as Managing Director of NutraHealth Partners and President of Annovium Products LLC, a fitness equipment company that manufactured and marketed the CoreFitnessRoller, a unique portable fitness device. The product was licensed to Nautilus, Inc. for the global home use market under the name CoreBody Reformer and to Balanced Body, Inc. in the global commercial fitness market.
From 2002-2008, Kathy served as founding CEO of Inogen, Inc. (NASDAQ:INGN), a market leader in the development and manufacture of advanced oxygen therapy devices for the treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Kathy raised over $53MM from top tier venture capitalists to fund the growth of the company.
Kathy was also co-founder of Medical Concepts, Inc., which over a five-year period became the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of video systems for minimally invasive surgery, resulting in its acquisition by Karl Storz Endoscopy GmbH. Following the acquisition Kathy served the Storz Group as the Managing Director of Karl Storz Imaging.
In addition to her work with entrepreneurial enterprises, from 1998 to 2012 Kathy was a director of Pacific Capital Bancorp, N.A. (NASDAQ:PCBC), a regional community bank with $7.5B in assets where she served as Chair of the Compensation Committee and as a member of the Governance and Nominating and Enterprise Risk committees. Pacific Capital was acquired by Union Bank in December 2012.
Kathy received the 2005 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for the Greater Los Angeles area. Other honors include: 2013 Spirit of Entrepreneurship Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award; Girl Scouts 2008 Woman of Distinction Award; University of California Santa Barbara 2005 Venky Award for entrepreneurial leadership; Women’s Economic Ventures 2001 Entrepreneur of the Year and the 1998 South Coast Business and Technology Award as Executive of the Year.