16 CEOs on the move in the orthopedic device industry


CEOs are on the move in the medtech industry, with several spine and orthopedic device companies appointing new leaders this year:

1. Randal "Randy" Mills, PhD, co-founder of Aziyo Biologics, became president and CEO of the company in August. He had served as interim CEO since June. 

2. Tom Cycyota, president and CEO of AlloSource, plans to retire after leading the biologics company for 22 years. Mr. Cycyota will remain in his role until a successor is appointed.

3. NovaBone, a biologic company specializing in orthopedic and dental products, hired Brian Carlisle as CEO in July. 

4. Bradley Niemann was named CEO of Conventus Flower Orthopedics in July. Mr. Niemann has more than 25 years of experience in the medical device industry, including leadership positions at Orthofix, BioStim and DJO Global. 

5. CoNextions, a company focused on tendon repair, named Daniel Gruppo as president and CEO in June. Mr. Gruppo has more than 14 years of senior management experience and was vice president of sales and marketing for Stryker's trauma and extremities segment.

6. Wenzel Spine named William Wilson as CEO in May almost two months after former CEO Chad Neely died. Mr. Wilson is a founding member of Wenzel Spine.

7. Daniel Scavilla succeeded Dave Demski as CEO of Globus Medical in April. Mr. Scavilla has been with Globus Medical for seven years and most recently served as the company's executive vice president and chief commercial officer.

8. Luigi Ferrari stepped down as CEO of LimaCorporate, which appointed Emmanuel Bonhomme as interim CEO while the company looks for a permanent replacement.

9. Deepak Nath, PhD, took over as CEO of Smith+Nephew on April 1. Dr. Nath, who served in leadership roles at Siemens Healthineers and Abbott, replaced Ronald Diggelmann, who held the role since 2019.

10. Mocingbird, a startup that developed a cloud-based continuing medical education management platform for healthcare organizations, named its co-founder Ian Madom, MD, as CEO in February. Dr. Madom is a spine surgeon with Warwick-based Ortho Rhode Island.

11. Zimmer Biomet's spine and dental spinoff, ZimVie — which completed its separation March 1 — appointed Vafa Jamali as CEO. Mr. Jamali has more than 25 years of experience in the medtech industry, including positions at Medtronic, Covidien, Cardinal Health and Baxter.

12. Johnson & Johnson appointed Joaquin Duato to lead the company in January. Mr. Duato replaced Alex Gorsky as CEO after more than 30 years at Johnson & Johnson in various business sectors, geographies and functions. Mr. Gorsky had served as CEO since 2012.

13. Ortho Regenerative Technologies named Philippe Deschamps president and CEO in March, replacing Claude DeLuc, who held the role for three years. Mr. Deschamps has experience leading various healthcare companies, including Helius Medical Technologies, GSW Worldwide and MediMedia Health.

14. Augmedics appointed Kevin Hykes president and CEO in January. Mr. Hykes has 30 years of experience in the medtech industry, including executive roles at Medtronic, Boston Scientific and Olympus.

15. Catalyst OrthoScience named Carl O'Connell president and CEO in January. Mr. O'Connell previously held leadership positions at Stryker, Wright Medical, Xtant Medical, Stryker and Cerebrotech Medical Systems. He succeeds Brian Hutchinson at Catalyst OrthoScience.

16. SI-Bone unveiled Laura Francis as its next CEO in January. Ms. Francis, former CFO and COO, succeeds Jeff Dunn, who founded the company in 2008.

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