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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A growth-driven and strategic executive, Peter Coffaro commands more than 20 years of progressive management success within the orthopedic industry. Recognized by and the World Journal of Orthopedics as one of the top medical sales influencers in the industry; he has 10 years of combined sales management experience and has held positions as a Director, General Manager, Distributor and Vice President. Peter has worked for some of the top orthopedic companies in the world - Zimmer, DePuy and Stryker. He is also the founder of OrthoFeed: a popular blog that covers digital orthopedic news and emerging medical technologies. Peter is a three-time Hall of Fame award winner at Johnson and Johnson and has an extensive background in organizational development, business development, sales management, digital marketing and professional education. Peter holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Northern Illinois University.

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