Medical devices maker S&N to name Nawana as new chief

Sky News has learnt that S&N will announce on Wednesday that Namal Nawana will join the global leader in orthopaedics reconstruction in the coming months.

Mr Nawana, a 46-year-old Australian citizen, will replace Olivier Bohuon, who told the medical technology group’s board last October that he intended to step down this year.

The new chief executive will bring a strong pedigree in S&N’s global markets to his new role, having helped to rescue Alere following the ousting of its founder and former boss in 2014.

Mr Nawana then steered the company through a reorientation as a leading diagnostics business which was subsequently acquired by Abbott Laboratories for more than $5bn.

Prior to Alere, Mr Nawana held senior roles at DePuy, one of S&N’s biggest rivals.

In addition to orthopaedic reconstruction, which makes hip and knee implants, S&N also has a big presence in areas of healthcare such as advanced wound management, sports medicine.

Employing roughly 15,000 people globally, the company is also listed in New York.

The search for Mr Bohuon’s successor was led by Roberto Quarta, S&N’s chairman, who also chairs WPP Group, the world’s biggest provider of marketing services.

Mr Nawana’s arrival will come at an important time for S&N, which has been regarded as a perennial takeover target for the likes of American rivals Stryker and ‎Johnson & Johnson.

By Mark Kleinman | Sky News

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About Peter Coffaro 629 Articles
A growth-driven and strategic executive, Peter Coffaro commands more than 20 years of progressive management success within the medical device industry. As a District Sales Manager for Stryker Orthopaedics, Peter was responsible for managing and directing a regional sales force to achieve sales and profit goals within the Rocky Mountain region. Previously, he was the Director of Sales & Marketing for Amp Orthopedics. In this role, Peter was responsible for planning, developing, and leading all sales and marketing initiatives. Peter is a former orthopedic distributor in the Pacific Northwest. He has also worked with DePuy Orthopaedics as well as Zimmer, and held positions in sales, sales training, and sales management. Peter has an extensive background in organizational development, business development, sales management, negotiating and P&L management. Peter holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Northern Illinois University.

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