"Our ability to accelerate our growth, continue to take market share in the global spine market, meet the needs of our customers and generate value for our shareholders has never been stronger," said
Pat Miles, President and Chief Operating Officer: Mr. Miles has been with NuVasivefor 14 years. In 2015, he was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer, responsible for leadership and management of NuVasive'sglobal products and services, as well as operational duties, including customer fulfillment, manufacturing, supply chain management and quality engineering. As Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Miles leads NuVasive'sGlobal Operations, Product Development and Marketing Services teams, which combine the Company's development and operational expertise within one organization. Most recently, he has overseen the launch of Integrated Global Alignment, or iGA™, a proprietary, procedurally-integrated, digital platform of specialized products designed to help surgeons achieve more precise spinal column alignment.
Matt Link, President, U.S. Commercial: Mr. Link joined NuVasivein 2006 and has been a key leader in NuVasive'sunmatched sales growth over that period of time. Mr. Link most recently served as the Company's President, U.S. Sales and Service. In this role, he led the strategic integration of the U.S. sales and service functions. With that integration complete, the Company announced today that U.S. Sales and Service has been renamed U.S. Commercial to better reflect NuVasive'sbroad efforts to integrate sales, service and specialized customer marketing programs. Mr. Link will now focus on driving greater sales force efficiencies and the further development of NuVasive'scommercial strategies.
Quentin Blackford, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer: Mr. Blackford has served as Chief Financial Officer of NuVasivesince 2014. He joined the Company in 2009 as Corporate Controller and has more than 15 years of experience in the healthcare industry. During his tenure, Mr. Blackford has been responsible for all elements of the Company's finance, accounting and investor relation functions, including the development of the Company's financial strategic planning and analysis.
Jason Hannon, Executive Vice President, International and General Counsel: Mr. Hannon assumes the role of Executive Vice President, International from Russell Powers, who continues to serve as an Executive Vice President and a member of the executive leadership team at NuVasiveand will focus on NuVasive'sexpansion into greater China. Mr. Hannon has extensive experience at NuVasivein the areas of corporate development, mergers and acquisitions, and regulatory and legal. He joined the Company in 2005, most recently serving as Executive Vice President, Corporate Development and General Counsel. In his new role, Mr. Hannon will be responsible for NuVasive'sbusiness and commercial operations outside of the United States, including leading the Company's international expansion opportunities.
Carol Cox, Executive Vice President, Strategy, Corporate Development and External Affairs: Ms. Cox assumes the role of Executive Vice President, Strategy, Corporate Development and External Affairs. Ms. Cox has more than 20 years of senior level experience in cross-functional corporate roles in the healthcare sector. She joined the Company in 2014, most recently serving as Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Human Resources. In her new role, Ms. Cox will be responsible for leading NuVasive'scorporate development and mergers and acquisitions strategy, leveraging communications, investor relations and government affairs channels in support of the Company's strategic priorities, and creating a corporate marketing and brand team.
Pete Leddy, Ph.D, Executive Vice President, Human Resources and Corporate Integrity: Dr. Leddy assumes leadership of the Company's human resources, compliance, regulatory and facilities functions after serving as a member of NuVasive'sBoard of Directors since 2011, from which position he has resigned in connection with the appointment announced today. Dr. Leddy brings to this newly created role more than 25 years of senior level global human resources experience with Dell, Taylor Made, PepsiCo, Life Technologies and Doubletree Hotels. Dr. Leddy's extensive experience includes successfully implementing and leading best-in-class human resources strategies that drove operational excellence and several major employee and cultural transformation initiatives.
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