Mumbai: Medtronic plc has announced the appointment of Michael Blackwell as Vice President of India Medtronic Pvt. Ltd. The new appointment becomes effective from January 2023.
According to the company, Michael will be appointed as the Managing Director of Medtronic India in due course. He will be responsible for sales, marketing, and commercial operations of Medtronic’s India business.
Speaking about the new role, Michael Blackwell, vice president, Medtronic India, said, “I am excited for my new role and to be able to contribute to our mission of alleviating pain, restoring health, and extend lives. Medtronic has been transforming healthcare in India for over 40 years through innovations and solutions that provide quality healthcare and improve patient outcomes. I look forward to working with the teams and collaborating with our customers and partners to achieve greater milestones for India’s healthcare sector and better outcomes for the patients.”
Michael succeeds Madan Krishnan, who has been leading the India market and is now transitioning to a global role in the US as Vice President and CFO of Medtronic’s Medical Surgical portfolio.
“Over the past six years, Madan has led transformational growth initiatives for Medtronic in India and South Asia. He has advocated and supported nurturing a healthcare ecosystem where the government, healthcare community, corporates, academia, and industry associations work together to improve access to quality healthcare by introducing newer technologies, services, and solutions that ultimately lead to better patient outcomes. He was also the chair of AdvaMed India,” according to a press release from the company.
Michael joined Medtronic in 2006 and has worked in various markets globally. With a career spanning over 20 years in healthcare, he has worked across business groups at Medtronic that include cardiovascular, neuroscience, and medical surgical. In his last assignment with Medtronic, he led the Frontier Markets, consisting of Indonesia, the Philippines, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Guam, Brunei, Nepal, Maldives, Bhutan, Fiji, and New Papa Guinea.
Feng Dong, vice president, Asia region-led markets, Global Regions, Medtronic, said, “Michael is a seasoned executive and brings with him a diverse range of experiences across markets and therapies. He has a proven track record of driving growth spanning multiple geographies and varied market dynamics. We are confident that his insights, innovation-driven mindset and strong leadership skills will help take our India business forward and strengthen Medtronic’s position as a leading healthcare technology company.”
Michael’s earlier assignments involved leading the Cardiovascular group for Medtronic Canada. He has also had dual responsibilities in the United States as the Vice President of Sales for the Advanced Surgical division, West Area and the National Hernia Lead within the Medical Surgical business group. Additional roles consisted of Director of Strategic Accounts along with multiple manager positions across Medtronic’s portfolios.