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Smith+Nephew Appoints Established Surgical Robotics Leader to Board


Dr John Ma has joined Smith+Nephew as Non-Executive Director.

Global medical technology business, Smith+Nephew, has announced the appointment of Dr John Ma as a Non-Executive Director.

Dr Ma is an established leader within the MedTech industry with a deep knowledge of the Asia-Pacific region and of surgical robotics, both significant areas of opportunity for Smith+Nephew.

Since 2019 Dr Ma has served as Chief Executive Officer and Chair of Ronovo Surgical, a start-up soft tissue surgical robotics business he founded. His previous executive experience includes Senior Vice President, Strategic Growth Initiatives at Intuitive Surgical, President of Fosun Health Holding and VP and General Manager, Central China for GE Healthcare. Previous non-executive director experience includes Hong Kong-listed Haier Electronics and Hong Kong and Shanghai-listed Fosun Pharma.

Dr Ma holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Wayne State University, USA.

Roberto Quarta, Chair of Smith+Nephew, said:

“We are delighted to have secured a Board colleague with John’s track record growing medical device businesses across China and the wider region. I am confident that his expertise will further help us support the management team’s strategic ambitions.”

John Ma will join the Board on 17 February 2021.

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