Wright Medical Group, Inc. Appoints Douglas G. Watson to Board of Directors
ARLINGTON, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Wright Medical Group, Inc. (NAS: WMGI) today announced that its shareholders have approved a proposal increasing the size of Wright's Board of Directors to ten and have elected Douglas G. Watson as Wright Medical's tenth Director, effective immediately.
Mr. Watson is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Pittencrieff Glen Associates, a leadership and consulting firm that he founded in 1999. Prior to that, Mr. Watson served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Novartis Corporation (the U.S. subsidiary of Novartis A.G.), President and Chief Executive Officer of Ciba-Geigy Corporation (which merged into Novartis Corporation in December 1996), President of the Ciba Pharmaceuticals Division and Senior Vice President of Planning and Business Development of Ciba's U.S. Pharmaceuticals Division. In all, Mr. Watson's career with Novartis spanned 33 years, having joined Geigy (UK) Ltd. in 1966.
Mr. Watson currently serves as chairman of the board of OraSure Technologies, Inc., as a lead director of Dendreon Corporation, and a director of Delcath Systems, Inc., all public companies. Prior board memberships have included BioMimetic Therapeutics, Inc., Genta Incorporated, Javelin Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Engelhard Corporation and Summit Bank Corporation, all public companies, and Bionor Immuno AS and BZL Biologics Inc., both private companies.
"We are delighted to have someone with Doug's proven leadership skills and extensive operational expertise join our board," said David Stevens, chairman of the board of Wright Medical. "As a past director of BioMimetic Therapeutics, Doug brings to our Board of Directors an institutional knowledge of BioMimetic's products and operations that will be of great value as the company's management team continues to execute its transformational plan, as well as our strategy of building a world-class biologics platform and accelerating growth in our foot and ankle business."
About Wright Medical
Wright Medical Group, Inc. is a global orthopaedic medical device company that specializes in the design, manufacture and marketing of devices and biologics for extremity, hip and knee reconstruction and is the recognized leader of surgical solutions for the foot and ankle market. The Company has been in business for more than 60 years and markets its products in over 60 countries worldwide. For more information about Wright Medical, visit the Company's website at www.wmt.com.
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