1. Dr Chris Roberts – CEO/President
2. Richard Brook – President, European Region
BSc Management, MBA
Richard is responsible for the development and execution of the strategic direction for all our operations in Europe, Middle East and Africa. This includes sales in over 60 countries. Operations in Europe include sales, marketing, distribution, service, finance, regulatory and administration across this complex and diverse region.
Before joining Cochlear in 2003, Richard held senior roles in Guidant Corporation and Alaris Medical Systems. He has 19 years' experience in the medical device industry.
3. Dr Bronwyn Evans – Senior Vice President, Global Quality, Clinical and Regulatory
BE (Hons), PhD, FIEAust
Bronwyn is responsible for ensuring the continued high quality of Cochlear's products together with coordinating the regulatory approval processes around the world for its products.
She joined the Company in 2005 after more than 20 years' experience in engineering and management roles in power generation and distribution, engineering education and the medical industry. Most recently, she worked as Asia Service Manager for GE Healthcare, Ultrasound based in Singapore. Bronwyn is a non-executive director of John Holland Group, Chair of the Medical Technology Association of Australia (MTAA), Chair of the National Board of the Engineers Australia Centre for Learning and Management (CELM) and a member of the Federal Government Future Manufacturing Industry Innovation Council.
4. Dig Howitt – Senior Vice President, Manufacturing and Logistics
BE (Hons), MBA
Dig is responsible for the development and execution of the strategic direction for the Cochlear supply chain. He and his team are responsible for the manufacture of all Cochlear products and all aspects of the supply chain, together with the introduction of new products from R&D into commercial production.
Prior to joining Cochlear in 2000, Dig had gained general management experience at Boral and Sunstate Cement, as well as being a consultant for Boston Consulting Group.
5. Jan Janssen – Senior Vice President, Design and Development
Jan leads a team of over 300 highly qualified engineers and scientists who implement the R&D strategy. This includes responsibility for identifying and developing cutting-edge technologies and commercial products.
Jan joined Cochlear in 2000 as head of the Cochlear Technology Centre based in Belgium, having previously worked with Philips Electronics where he was involved in R&D in the fields of high technology electronics and cochlear implants. Jan was promoted to Senior Vice President, Design and Development in 2005.
6. Michael Kavanagh – Senior Vice President, Global Marketing
BSc, MBA (Advanced)
Michael is responsible for the development of the global marketing strategy for Cochlear's product portfolio. This spans the identification of new product development opportunities through to product introduction and lifecycle management. This requires coordination and interpretation of research and then translating this into a relevant product portfolio together with marketing programs to drive disciplined growth.
Michael joined Cochlear in 2003, having held senior sales and marketing positions both locally and internationally in the pharmaceutical industry.
7. Anne-Marie Leslie – Senior Vice President, Human Resources
BA (Hons), EMHRL
Anne-Marie joined Cochlear in February 2007 and is responsible for global human resources management. Her focus is on building people strategies to meet the demands of a fast growing, global company.
She has over 25 years' experience in local, regional and global human resource management roles, most recently with Bristol-Myers Squibb in the US. Earlier experience included quality management at Kodak as winners of the Australian Quality Prize and as an evaluator with Business Excellence Awards in Australia and the US.
8. Neville Mitchell – Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary
BComm, CA (SA), CA
Neville is responsible for accounting, corporate finance, treasury and audit, together with investor relations, company secretarial and the corporate legal functions at Cochlear.
He joined the Company in 1990 and has been Chief Financial Officer since listing in 1995. Prior to joining Cochlear, he was a senior manager with KPMG in Johannesburg.
9. David Morris – President, Bone Anchored Solutions
David is responsible for the Bone Anchored Solutions Division, which is based in Gothenburg, Sweden. This division includes marketing, research, product design and development, quality and regulatory, manufacturing, distribution and administration for all the Baha and Vistafix products.
David was appointed as President, Bone Anchored Solutions in 2005, having joined the Company in 2002 as Senior Vice President, Business Development. Prior to joining Cochlear, he worked with Accenture in strategy and operational consulting, and has extensive international and Australian experience in the healthcare, consumer products, utilities and financial services industries.
10. Jim Patrick – Senior Vice President, Chief Scientist
Jim is responsible for the global research portfolio of projects that feed into the commercial development stream. In addition, Jim is responsible for clinical trials around the globe.
One of the original researchers involved with the cochlear implant program in Melbourne from 1975, Jim has worked in a number of senior managerial positions at Cochlear since its inception in 1981. Jim is an Associate Professor at the Department of Otolaryngology at The University of Melbourne and Adjunct Professor at La Trobe University.
11. Mark Salmon – President, Asia Pacific Region
Mark is responsible for the development and execution of the strategic direction for all our operations in Australia, Asia and the South Pacific. This high potential region has complex regulatory sales and marketing drivers which require coordination of sales, marketing, third party distribution, regulatory and clinical infrastructure development activities. Mark also has global responsibility for Cochlear's information technology strategy and systems.
He joined Cochlear in 2004, after more than 20 years' experience in the medical industry, most recently as President and CEO of Asia Growth Markets and Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia for GE Medical Systems.
12. Chris Smith – President, Americas Region
Chris is responsible for the development and execution of the strategic direction for our operations in the Americas region, comprising North America, Central America and South America. Operations in the Americas include sales, marketing, distribution, service, finance, regulatory and administration across this fast growing region.
He joined Cochlear in 2004, after more than 20 years' experience in the medical device industry specifically and healthcare in general in the US including Warburg Pincus, and as Group President for Gyrus Group (ENT and Surgical divisions).