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Chief Executive Officer - Namal Nawana

Joined the Board and was appointed Chief Executive Officer in May 2018.

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Career and Experience

Namal holds an Honours degree in mechanical engineering and a Master of Medical Science from the University of Adelaide, South Australia as well as an MBA from Henley Management College. Namal was Chief Executive Officer, President and a member of the Board of Directors of Alere, Inc. from October 2014 until October 2017, when Alere was acquired by Abbott Laboratories. Namal joined Alere as Chief Operating Officer in December 2012 before being named Interim Chief Executive Officer in July 2014. Before joining Alere, Namal spent more than 15 years at Johnson & Johnson in various leadership roles. Namal served as the Worldwide President of DePuy Synthes Spine, a Johnson & Johnson company, from February 2011 to November 2012. Prior to that he served in roles of increasing responsibility in Europe, Asia and North America. Namal was appointed to the Board of Directors of Hologic, Inc. in January 2018.

Skills and Competencies

Namal has a solid, international background in orthopaedics, sports medicine and spine, together with a track record of performance, execution and driving change. He is a truly global executive with wide international experience across a range of geographies and also has the experience as a CEO of a major US listed company in the healthcare sector where he turned the company round prior to its acquisition.


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