Straumann announces changes in corporate governance

Straumann Group has announced a series of executive appointments that will support its growth strategy, accelerate digital transformation, and ensure a strong focus on all of its business opportunities.

In addition to the succession of respected long-time members of the Executive Committee (EMB), the group will redistribute responsibility for its EMEA region and create the position of group chief information officer at executive level. The appointments bring new expertise and experience from leading international companies beyond the dental field to the group and add to the diversity of the company.

Further focus on the dental clinic chains (DSO)

After the very successful establishment and management of the Straumann DSO division and driving the rapid growth and international expansion of the non-premium brands over the past five years, Petra Rumpf has decided to continue her board mandates in the health and consumer goods sector to concentrate.

Therefore, she will step down from the management team at Straumann at the end of the year. The group is in the advanced stages of the recruiting process and will announce their successor once the process is complete.

Obtaining leadership experience and expertise

In order to continue to benefit from Petra Rumpf’s wealth of experience, her in-depth understanding of the dental industry and her broad network, the Board of Directors will propose her to the shareholders for election to the Board of Directors at the Annual General Meeting in April 2021.

This proposal is intended to fill the gap left by Monique Bourquin, who is not standing for re-election. Bourquin has been on the Board of Directors of the Straumann Group since 2017. The company thanks her sincerely for her contributions and wishes her all the best for the future.

Steer growth in Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA)

The continued growth in the Group’s core businesses along with the rapid expansion of the non-premium brands and the launch of the Orthodontics division add to the increasing leadership challenges in the large EMEA region.

To better distribute the responsibilities and enable further growth potential, Wolfgang Becker, in addition to his current role as EVP emerging markets & distributors EMEA, will be responsible for Central and Eastern Europe (including Germany, Austria and Switzerland) from 1 January 2021.

Succession in the Western Europe region

After 11 years of an outstanding career, the current head of Europe, Jens Dexheimer, decided to leave the company at the end of this year to pursue other challenges.

During his tenure, the pre-COVID-19 region achieved average sales growth of more than 10% over the five-year period. This and his previous achievements as head of Iberia and Germany underscore his highly significant contribution to the expansion of Straumann’s market leadership in Europe.

On 1 January 2021, Rob Woolley, the current head of North America, will take over the position of EVP sales, Western Europe.

Woolley joined Straumann in 2019 and has successfully guided the Group’s North American organisation through the pandemic and back to solid sales growth in the third quarter. In addition to his career in North America, Woolley has many years of experience in regional leadership in the medical device industry in Europe, making him ideally positioned for his new role.

More new talent in North America

The group is pleased to announce Aurelio Sahagun to succeed Woolley as EVP sales North America and member of the EMB from 1 January 2021.

Most recently, he was president of the orthopaedics division for the multinational medtech company Microport Scientific. Prior to 2014, he spent seven years at Wright Medical Technology in the Netherlands, initially in finance and then in senior sales and regional management positions.

Before his medtech career, he worked in the finance and banking sector for six years. Sahagun was born in 1973, is Spanish and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Free University of Madrid and an MBA from the HEC Management University in France.

The strategic importance of IT and digital transformation is reflected in the new management position

The digital transformation is a key for the strategic development of the group, which encompasses all business areas, regions and facets of the group’s activities. The coronavirus pandemic has dramatically accelerated digitisation, changed behaviour, and opened up new opportunities.

The need to further expand data management and technologies, and invest in this area was also underlined. To advance and manage the area, the group is expanding the position of chief information officer, who will now be part of the Executive Committee (EMB). The group is in the process of recruiting an experienced, high profile person for this new position.

Focus on law and compliance

Further business and geographical expansion, organisational growth, high innovation output and the increasingly complex legal environment have increased the demand for international legal expertise, IP management and compliance in ever more extensive areas of law.

As a result, Dr Andreas Meier will hand over responsibility for business development at the end of the year to concentrate fully on his role as group head of legal, compliance & IP management. Although this position will not be part of the senior management, he will continue to attend senior management meetings in his role as chief legal officer.

Guillaume Daniellot, CEO of the Straumann Group, commented, “We are sincerely grateful to both Petra and Jens for the tremendous contributions they have made to the Straumann Group over the years – not just in terms of business performance and sustainable leadership, but also as role models, mentors, ambassadors of the Straumann culture and friends.

We wish them all the best for the future. At the same time, we are excited to see the skills, drive, talent and diversity of Aurelio and the other candidates who will join us soon, to add. Together with Wolfgang, Rob, and Andreas we wish you all success for the future, on our way to giving people a smile and giving back self-confidence.”