A Medical Device Daily

Stryker (Kalamazoo, Michigan) reported a series of organization and leadership changes keyed to the planned departures of two longtime executives.

Si Johnson, group president, MedSurg, has decided to retire following a 29-year career with Stryker. Also, following 14 years at the company, VP/CFO Dean Bergy plans to leave corporate finance and pursue his long-term interests with various charitable organizations.

In light of Johnson's and Bergy's decisions, Stryker said it is realigning several of its MedSurg divisions to provide greater focus and take advantage of particular leaders' experience and expertise.

Curt Hartman, currently global president of the instruments division, is being promoted to the newly created position of VP, finance, effective Dec. 1. Upon Bergy's transition out of the CFO role at the end of March 2009, Hartman will assume the role of CFO.

Hartman will be supported by Stryker's team of finance leaders consisting of Jeanne Blondia, VP, treasurer; Eric Lum, VP, tax; Jim Praeger, VP, controller; and Scott Hunter, senior director, finance and reporting. Also reporting to Hartman is Tony McKinney, newly promoted VP and chief accounting officer.

Lonny Carpenter was promoted to group president, Stryker Instruments and Medical. Carpenter has been with Stryker for 19 years, most recently serving as president of Stryker Medical.

Tim Scannell was promoted to group president, Stryker Spine and Endoscopy. Scannell joined Endoscopy in 1990, where he held various sales and marketing leadership roles before assuming responsibility for Stryker Biotech.

Andrew Fox-Smith was promoted to group president, International. Along with his current divisional responsibilities for EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), Japan and the Pacific, Fox-Smith also have responsibility for Latin America and Canada as Stryker aligns all of its international businesses under one group.