Smith & Nephew (NYSE:SNN) today named former Roche (PINK:RHHBY) chief Roland Diggelmann to replace Namal Nawana next month.
Nawana, named to succeed Olivier Bohuon last year, is stepping down effective Nov. 1 “to pursue other opportunities outside of the U.K.,” the London-based healthcare giant said. Nawana is slated to stay on until Dec. 31 to assist in the transition.
“On behalf of the board, I am delighted to welcome Roland Diggelmann as Smith & Nephew’s incoming CEO. I am certain that Roland’s leadership qualities, combined with his excellent track record of delivering results in an innovation-led business, his deep expertise in the medical devices industry, and his knowledge of Smith & Nephew, make him the right person to build on the Company’s success into the future,” chairman Roberto Quarta said in prepared remarks. “During his time with Smith & Nephew, Namal has substantially transformed the business with a new strategy, purpose and culture, and renewed commitment to innovation, returning it to an improved growth trajectory. I would like to thank Namal for his leadership and many contributions to the Company, our employees, customers and stakeholders.”
“I am honored to have been asked to lead Smith & Nephew at an exciting time for the business. As non-executive director I have seen first-hand the strength of the group’s people and its portfolio of leading technologies. I look forward to playing my part in shaping the future of the company and driving the next stage of growth,” Diggelmann added.
“There is clear momentum behind our strategy laid out last year, underlined by the company’s performance generated by our team during 2019. I am proud to be leaving Smith & Nephew in a strong position for the next phase of its development,” Nawana said.
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