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Eucomed Elects New Chairman

European medical devices trade body Eucomed has named Rob ten Hoedt to replace outgoing chairman Guy Lebeau.

Ten Hoedt is a senior vice president and president, EMEA and Canada at Medtronic Inc., a position he has held since 2009. He replaces Lebeau, who stepped down after six years as Eucomed chairman. During that time, Lebeau orchestrated updates to medical device regulations and launched the MedTech Europe Alliance in 2012. He also continued to serve as Johnson & Johnson's group company chairman for medical devices and diagnostics in the EMEA region.

“Having truly left his mark on Eucomed for the past six years, Guy Lebeau is today leaving the association in an ideal position to be ready for the future,” said ten Hoedt.

The new chairman also noted the formiddable task he faces in navigating Europe's financial challenges in healthcare.

“As a European, I am proud of the healthcare systems we have in place in Europe,” he told the PMLiVE website. “At the same time, it is a fact that we are currently facing some major budget challenges and we need to find solutions to ensure that patients continue to have access to the most innovative and life-saving therapies.”

Ten Hoedt joined MedTronic in 1991, serving in several senior roles over the years, including vice president of the cardiovascular business for Europe and Central Asia and general manager of the Medtronic subsidiary Vitatron.

His career prior to 1991 includes stints at ArjoHuntleigh and Polystan Benelux.

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