Interim RND Director-Medical Device

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Experienced Executive Leader with a demonstrated history of working in the medical device industry leading Innovation, Operations and Business Unit General Management. Skilled in Medical Devices, Supply Chain, Manufacturing, Product Marketing, Business Unit Management, P&L, Product Innovation, Engineering, and New Product Development. Enterprise size ranging from early stage thru Fortune 500. Strong engineering professional with a BS focused in Electrical Engineering Technology from University of Pittsburgh 


  •  In a turnaround assignment, successfully managed and grew a wearable product BU with ~$250M with P&L responsibility.  
  • Had accountability for Product and Portfolio Growth Strategy, Voice of Customer, Business Modelling and Lean Start-up, Road mapping and Cost Down/Procurement strategy. Trained as Innovation facilitator through IDNA.  
  •  Over 14 years’ operational experience with high revenue growth – including leading supply chain, multi-plant manufacturing and service operations across multiple sites and geographies.  
  • Over 20 years of experience in leading research, new product development, PMO and sustainment programs and teams for medical device Hardware, Wearable, and Software products.  
  • Led several programs, starting from strategy development through transformation. Developed plans for business growth/turnaround, portfolio refresh, org. restructuring and core capability assessment.  
  • Highly experienced in performance management and business process improvement. Trained as Lean Executive Leader with a track record of improving delivery, quality and productivity.  
  • Large (+2000 employee), global, multi-site leadership experience. Proven track record as coach, mentor and change agent for cultural excellence and employee engagement.  
  • Led one acquisition from start thru closure. Participated in many acquisitions from due diligence thru post-merger integration.  
  • Extensive background in Quality Audit and Reliability Engineering. Led several compliance initiatives including co-leader for EUMDR and FDA compliance remediation.  
  • Over 30 years in Medical Device development and manufacturing, mostly in Sleep and Respiratory products  

Relevant Accomplishments  

  • Led ~200+ Engineers across global geographies in New Product Development for Sleep and Respiratory hardware, software and wearable products  
  • Led program to restructure global Research & Development organization, driving ~$6M productivity savings  
  • Launched Emergency Use Ventilator during COVID crisis, earning CEO award  
  • Co-chaired EUMDR program and led sustainable design  
  • Restructured, created and led central engineering (~180 FTE) and innovation function to support multiple R&D teams 
  • Created Innovation Start Up program called QUEST to enable intrapreneurs to bring ideas forward inside the business  
  • Deployed global R&D best practice processes using Philips Excellence Framework, achieving ~18M productivity savings over 3 years 
  • Led device and wearable NPD for Sleep category. Several products earned prestigious Red  Dot design award as well as a CEO Innovation and Quality Award. 
  • Led formation and scaling of business unit for development of CPAP Masks, consisting of ~100 employees for Product Management, Research & Development, PMO, Operations Business Unit size was ~$250M with P&L responsibility  
  • Results included significant share gains, launch of 7 new masks, defect reduction of 400% and design awards  
  • Created and led Strategy and Transformation program to turn around business, refresh product portfolio, and build innovation core competency for category  
  • Made culture and employee engagement a priority, deploying specific strategy called “3E,” transforming to high performing culture and team.  
  • Led acquisition of MedSage Technologies to extend category into service solutions.  


  • Senior Director, Product Development (2019-2022) 
  • Senior Director, Innovation & Engineering (2014-2019) 
  • Gus Gear (Oct 2022-Present) – Part time
  • Senior Director, NPD Sleep Apnea (2012-2014)  
  • Vice President and General Manager Patient Interface Business Unit (2007-2012)
  • ERP SAP Consultant (1998-2000)
  • Technical Service Manager (1994-1998)
  • Quality Engineer – (1993-1994)
  • Electrical Project Engineer (1984-1990)


  • Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering Technology, University of Pittsburgh. Continuing Education in business and innovation: Stanford University Harvard Online
  • Indiana University of PA
  • Penn State World Campus
  • Eberly School of Business at Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • School of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.  


Company / Industry Experience  

  • Independent Consultant Reliability Engineering (1990-1995)
  • President, South 6 Fitness LLC (2015-Present) Health and Fitness Club.  

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