The most important medtech leadership changes of 2023

Former Johnson & Johnson EVP and MedTech Worldwide Chair Ashley McEvoy [Photo courtesy of Johnson & Johnson]

From hirings and firings to promotions, resignations and surprising shake-ups, these were the most important medtech leadership changes of the year.

By Associate Editor Sean Whooley and Managing Editor Jim Hammerand

The leadership change at Johnson & Johnson MedTech was a surprising shift that ended up as the year’s biggest medtech leadership change of 2023.

In October, J&J EVP and J&J MedTech Worldwide Chair Ashley McEvoy announced her resignation from the world’s second-largest device manufacturer. She’s staying on into the first quarter of 2024 while her successor, Tim Schmid, gets settled into his new role.

Schmid, a 30-year J&J vet who was most recently company group chair of J&J MedTech Asia Pacific, said he’s “committed to building ev…

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Medtech jobs: The world’s largest medical device companies are hiring

Medical device companies are trying to fill thousand of medtech jobs. [Photo by ijeab –]

The world’s largest medical device companies are still hiring for medtech jobs despite layoffs in tech and other industries.

Medtech developers — and medtech jobs — are resilient, with the industry’s COVID-19 pandemic performance only bolstering its recession-proof reputation.

That’s not to say there haven’t been job cuts in medtech, led by thousands of layoffs at Philips as it struggles with a massive recall of deadly respiratory devices. But most medical device manufacturers are still hiring, and in some cases they can’t attract enough candidates to fill every vacancy in a tight labor market.

Stryker, for example, grew to approximately 51,000 employees as of the end of 2022, increasing its headcount by nearly 11 percent last year. Boston Scientific reported nearl…

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Integra plans to shrink the C-suite after executive’s exit

Glenn Coleman is the former COO of Integra Lifesciences. [Photo courtesy of Integra Lifesciences]

Integra Lifesciences (Nasdaq: IART) will eliminate the position of chief operating officer next week — though the office is already empty.

Former COO Glenn Coleman’s last day at Integra was Friday, according to a separation agreement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission that same day. Coleman was scheduled to start as the new EVP and CFO at Dentsply Sirona (Nasdaq: XRAY) yesterday.

Princeton, New Jersey-based Integra said in SEC filings that it will eliminate the COO position on Oct. 3 “consistent with the company’s succession planning following its CEO transition in late 2021.”

Integra announced in October 2021 that it hired an outsider as its new CEO, picking former Barco CEO Jan De Witte to succeed Peter Arduini, who left Integra to become president and CEO of GE Heal…

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Proposed 2023 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule could have a big impact on glaucoma surgeries

[Photo by Tobias Dahlberg]

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released its proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and issued a call for feedback on the proposed rule, which would take effect Jan. 1, 2023.

Medtech analyst Ryan Zimmerman and the team at BTIG went through the 2,000-page document and identified potentially market-moving changes in two areas: surgical glaucoma and advanced wound care.

CMS proposed cuts for most surgical glaucoma procedure payment rates to physicians, with double-digit losses for tube shunt revision (down 25% from $1,032 to $774), canaloplasty (down 19.9% from $761 to $610) and canaloplasty with a stent (down 11.4% from $799 to $708), according to BTIG research.

The canalplasty rate reduction would likely hit Omni surgical system developer Sight Sciences, Zimmerman said in a BTIG report. It could also give a lift to Alcon and Glaukos, which could see…

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The top 7 medtech CEO quotes on COVID-19, one year later

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The latest earnings season has provided insights into the future of medtech in the COVID-19 landscape and what certain sectors are seeing as vaccines start to roll out.

Since the start of the pandemic, 113.1 million COVID-19 cases have been reported worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The U.S. leads the world in infections, accounting for 28.4 million cases. More than 2.5 million people have died from the virus globally. Medtech has been on the frontlines throughout the pandemic, whether it was shifting production to make ventilators or PPE or developing COVID-19 tests and vaccines.

More than a year since the virus’ appearance in the U.S., some medtech CEOs are gaining a better understanding of how the industry may look moving forward. From stockpiling to new COVID-19 variants posing risks, here are the insights from s…

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