The Top 25 Medical Device Executives of 2019

August 20, 2019

The Healthcare Technology Report is pleased to announced The Top 25 Medical Device Executives of 2019.  This is our inaugural year publishing this awards feature.  The following accomplished individuals were selected based on a successful track record in the industry both in terms of product portfolios managed as well as departments led.  We also factored in caliber of current and prior organizations, overall longevity in the field and thought leadership in the industry.  Please join us in congratulating The Top 25 Medical Device Executives of 2019.

1. Ashley McEvoy, Johnson & Johnson

Ashley McEvoy is Executive Vice President, Worldwide Chairman, Medical Devices, of Johnson & Johnson, and a member of the Executive Committee. She leads the surgery, orthopaedics, interventional solutions and eye health businesses, which generate approximately $27 billion in revenue and employ 70,000 associates. Ashley has been with Johnson & Johnson for more than 20 years and has served in leadership roles in Consumer and Medical Devices. In 2006, she co-led the integration of Pfizer Consumer Healthcare into McNeil, the largest acquisition Johnson & Johnson had done to date.

In 2009, as the Worldwide President of Ethicon, Ashley ran the global wound management business and grew leadership share in sutures and hernia care while advancing key innovations. In her most recent role as Company Group Chairman for Johnson & Johnson Vision and a member of the Management Committee, Ashley and her team redefined Johnson & Johnson’s position in eye health, one of the largest and most underserved need areas in healthcare today. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

2. Bert van Meurs, Royal Philips

Bert van Meurs is Executive Vice President and Chief Business Leader of Image Guided Therapy, and a member of the Royal Philips Executive Committee. Bert has more than 30 years of experience in various leadership positions in research & development, clinical science and marketing & sales in Europe and Asia. The Image Guided Therapy business offers integrated solutions comprising interventional imaging systems, smart catheters, planning and navigation software and service with the aim of improving minimally invasive treatments.

Bert joined Philips in 1985. Through 2004 – 2012, he was the general manager of the global cardio/vascular X-ray division, where he led the business to sustained market leadership and industrial expansion into growth geographies such as India. In 2013, he was appointed Chief Marketing Officer of the Business Group Imaging Systems and since 2015 he has lead the Image Guided Therapy business group. He earned master’s degrees from University of Utrecht and Eindhoven University of Technology.

3. Spencer Stiles, Stryker

Spencer Stiles is Group President, Orthopaedics and Spine for Stryker.  Spencer oversees the Company’s Joint Replacement, Trauma and Extremities, and Spine businesses. He is also currently serving as interim president of Joint Replacement.  Previously, he served as group president, Neurotechnology, Instruments and Spine. Spencer began his career with Stryker in 1999, excelling in various sales, marketing and general management roles within the Company’s endoscopy, spine and instruments divisions.

He served as General Manager of its communications business unit for three years, President of Spine for four years and President of Instruments for three years. Spencer has consistently driven Stryker’s globalization efforts and was an important contributor to the design of its Transatlantic Operating Model. Spencer holds a bachelor’s degree from Miami University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Nebraska.

4. Arthur Butcher, Boston Scientific

Arthur (“Art”) Butcher is the Senior Vice President and President, Endoscopy at Boston Scientific, a position he has held since July 2016. He is responsible for developing and bringing to market less invasive devices for treating gastrointestinal and pulmonary conditions. Previously, Art served as Vice President and General Manager, Japan Endoscopy from August 2014 to June 2016.

Prior to that, he held a variety of marketing and strategic planning management positions within the endoscopy and urology and pelvic health businesses, including Vice President of Global Marketing, Endoscopy division from April 2011 to August 2014, and Vice President of New Business Development and Strategic Planning, Urology & Women’s Health. Art joined Boston Scientific in 1997 and has held management roles with increasing responsibility across various divisions. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Columbia University.

5. Dr. John Liddicoat, Medtronic

Dr. John Liddicoat is the Executive Vice President and President, Americas Region of Medtronic and serves as a member of the Company’s Executive Committee. He joined Medtronic in 2006 as Vice President of Atrial Fibrillation Technologies. Beginning in August 2014, Dr. Liddicoat served as Senior Vice President and President, Cardiac Rhythm and Heart Failure (CRHF) Division.

He is a cardiothoracic surgeon who, prior to joining Medtronic, founded two medical device companies and most recently practiced at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston where he also held an appointment as Assistant Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. He completed his surgical training in general and cardiothoracic surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. John earned an MBA from Boston University, a doctor of medicine from the University of Chicago, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.

6. Mojdeh Poul, 3M Health Care

Mojdeh Poul leads 3M’s Health Care Business Group, which encompasses medical and oral care, drug delivery devices, health information systems, and food safety. Mojdeh joined 3M in 2011 as the Global Marketing Leader for the Critical and Chronic Care Solutions Division of the Health Care Business Group.

In the years following, she held global leadership roles in the Food Safety and Infection Prevention businesses before being named President and General Manager of 3M Canada in 2016, then executive vice president of 3M’s Safety & Graphics Business Group in 2018. Previously, Mojdeh held several leadership roles of increasing responsibility with Medtronic and Boston Scientific. She arrived in the United States in 1984 to pursue both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering at the University of Louisville. She later earned an MBA at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

7. Patrick Holt, Cordis

Patrick Holt is President of Cordis, Cardinal Health’s interventional vascular business. Cordis is a leading provider of interventional cardiology and endovascular technology with more than a 50-year history. Patrick is responsible for Cordis operations globally bringing more than 20 years of experience across all aspects of end-to-end commercialization in the healthcare industry.

Previously, he served as president of the Cardinal Health Medical segment in Asia Pacific where he led the expansion of Cardinal Health’s diversified medical products portfolio, including Cordis, the Patient Recovery business, Cardinal Health branded products and the Cardinal Health Inventory Management System (CIMS). Prior to Cardinal Health, Patrick held leadership positions of increasing responsibility at Allergan, including vice president and regional managing director of Asia. He also served as the company’s vice president and managing director for key markets including Greater China, Japan and Korea. Patrick earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and chemistry from Monash University, Australia.

8. Brad Cannon, Smith & Nephew

Brad Cannon joined Smith & Nephew in 2012 and has since been the President of Smith & Nephew’s Europe and Canada business, the Company’s Chief Marketing Officer, and now serves as the President of the Global Sports Medicine and Ear, Nose and Throat business.
As President of Europe and Canada, Brad successfully led the commercial business in those regions.

He’s also served as the President of Global Orthopaedic Franchises, leading Smith & Nephew’s Reconstruction, Endoscopy, Trauma and Extremities businesses. Prior to Smith & Nephew, Brad worked in Medtronic’s Spine and Biologics division. From 2009, he was responsible for Medtronic’s Spine International division and held positions heading US sales and global commercial operations. Brad earned a bachelor’s degree from Washington and Lee University and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.


Josh Sandberg

Josh Sandberg is the President and CEO of Ortho Spine Partners and sits on several company and industry related Boards. He also is the Creator and Editor of OrthoSpineNews.

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