42 device company executive moves in 2019

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Becker's Spine Review reported the following orthopedic and spine device company executive moves so far in 2019:

Medtronic's senior director of corporate communications, Fernando Vivanco, left the company because his position was reportedly eliminated as part of a corporate restructuring.

Three former executives of the defunct Laser Spine Institute of Tampa, Fla., joined medical device company Medovex, also based in Tampa. Medovex appointed Briley Cienkosz as chief marketing officer, Ann Miller as COO and Gary Mancini as chief relationship officer. All worked at Laser Spine Institute before they transitioned into other roles with Regenerative Medicine Solutions, specifically at Lung Health Institute.

Medovex also made a fourth appointment. Jeremy Daniel, who comes from Regenerative Medicine Solutions, will serve as CFO.

Brian Rice joined Cardinal Health as its executive vice president, CIO and customer support services leader, effective Feb. 4.

Affinity Capital Management President Kris Johnson joined ExplORer Surgical's board of directors. She worked at Medtronic for 17 years, most recently serving as senior vice president and chief administrative officer.

Miach Orthopaedics hired Michael O'Hara as vice president of quality assurance and Rita Paparazzo as senior director of clinical operations. The company also welcomed Martha Shadan as president and CEO earlier in the year.

Donald Bray joined Sintx Technologies as new vice president of business development after a tenure at Morgan Advanced Materials.

Spine surgery solutions provider Alphatec Holdings promoted David Sponsel to executive vice president of sales.

Former Allergan CIO Sean Lennon succeeded Mike Hedges as Medtronic's CIO. Mr. Hedges is stepping down as CIO after 10 years in the position and nearly two decades at Medtronic.

Medtronic appointed Andrea Goldsmith, PhD, to serve as an independent director.

Rob Fletcher was named Stryker's vice president and chief legal officer, replacing Mike Hutchinson, who became an adviser to the CEO.

Centinel Spine appointed Dirk Kuyper and Gregory Rainey to its board of directors.

Ryan Dickinson is Camber Spine's new vice president of sales and new business development.

Steve Saviuk will lead the Ortho Regenerative Technologies board of directors as chairman, a position vacated by President and CEO Brent Norton, MD.

Olympus Medical Systems Group's former president Todd Usen was named the first CEO of Activ Surgical.

Misonix appointed Sharon Klugewicz as COO.

SeaSpine Holdings added Kim Commins-Tzoumakas and Renee Gaeta to its board of directors Feb. 19, after Cheryl Blanchard, PhD, announced her resignation. She intends to resign May 30.

Carl O'Connell is the new CEO of medical device company McGinley Orthopedics.

Xtant Medical appointed Ronald Berlin vice president and COO, effective Jan. 1. Later in the year, the company appointed five new senior sales leaders: Dana Lyons as vice president of U.S. sales; Jamey Rottman as Mid-Atlantic Region vice president of sales; Chris Cochran as South East Region vice president of sales; John Eekhof as North East Region vice president of sales; and Luke Armand as West Region vice president of sales.

Corin Group named Andy McLeod president of Corin USA.

Spinal Elements elected Steve Healy to serve as chairman of the board of directors, effective Jan. 1. Previously, Mr. Healy served as general manager of Zimmer Biomet as well as president of Zimmer Spine.

NuVasive CEO J. Christopher Barry restructured the company's executive team. He appointed Matt Link as president; Raj Asarpota as executive vice president and CFO; Nate Sisitsky as general counsel and corporate secretary; Jim Garrett as chief compliance officer and leader of Global Risk and Integrity; Lucas Vitale as chief human resources officer; Suzanne Hatcher as leader of internal and external affairs; and lastly, Dale Wolf as leader of manufacturing efforts.

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