John Mazzola Vicarious Surgical COO
[Image from John Mazzola on LinkedIn]

Vicarious Surgical (NYSE:RBOT) announced that it promoted John Mazzola to the role of chief operating officer (COO).

Mazzola joined the Waltham, Massachusetts-based surgical robotics company in March 2022 as SVP of operations. He brings with him more than 35 years of experience in the medical device industry. That includes involvement in more than 25 medical device product launches, according to a news release.

Before joining Vicarious, Mazzola spent 13 years in senior executive roles and product development leadership positions at BD. That included serving as VP of operations for BD’s surgery business. There, he oversaw 10 manufacturing sites, a business planning and procurement organization, an advanced manufacturing engineering team and the business’ environmental health and safety responsibilities.

Over the past year, Mazzola led strategic manufacturing plans for the Vicarious Surgical robotic system. In his newly created COO position, his oversight expands to include product development, clinical & regulatory affairs, IT and people & culture. Mazzola’s position aims to enhance workflow efficiency and maintain focus on manufacturing and procurement optimization.

“The newly-created COO role carries great importance as we expand our near-term focus from system development toward initial manufacturing processes for our V1.0 system,” said Adam Sachs, CEO at Vicarious Surgical. “John’s proven leadership and deep industry knowledge in building and scaling organizational and manufacturing infrastructure and processes gives me great confidence in his ability to execute in these areas and meaningfully contribute to our long-term corporate mission and strategy.”