Depuy Synthes Spine’s worldwide president, Namal Nawana, resigned unexpectedly on November 27. Taking his place is Max Reinhardt, currently vice president of worldwide marketing.
Nawana was appointed president of Depuy Spine before Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) bought the company and merged it with Synthes Inc. in June this year, creating the world’s largest orthopedic company.
Nawana joined DePuy Spine as president in March 2011. He started his career in 1992 as a research engineer at Royal Adelaide Hospital in Australia, and then moved on to Howmedica International as a product development engineer. He joined JNJ’s orthopedics business in 1997 as a technical support manager in the United Kingdom and worked his way up the management ladder.
Reinhardt, Nawana’s replacement, began his career with JNJ at DePuy Spine in 2002 as director of sales and marketing in the United Kingdom. In 2006, he relocated to the United States as vice president of U.S. sales for DePuy Spine, then in early 2011, assumed the position of vice president, worldwide marketing for DePuy Spine. Earlier this year, he was appointed to lead the combined DePuy Synthes Spine Global Marketing organization. He started his career in sales, marketing and general management roles for medical device companies including Steris and Olympus.
Global sales for JNJ’s spinal products business haven’t done too well lately—third quarter sales were down 3 percent from the same quarter last year, and U.S. sales were down 6 percent. The company would not disclose a reason for Nawana’s departure, but according to company officials he is pursuing opportunities outside JNJ.