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ConMed announces retirements, appointments, departure

UTICA, N.Y. — ConMed Corp. (NASDAQ: CNMD), a Utica–based surgical-device maker, has announced two retirements, two appointments, and the upcoming departure of another executive after a position elimination.

The company made the announcement in a news release posted to its website on Tuesday.

Robert (Rob) Shallish, Jr., executive vice president, finance and CFO, plans to retire on March 31, 2015 following 25 years of service.

ConMed has appointed Luke Pomilio, who is currently serving as controller, to replace Shallish in the same role, effective April 1.

 “Rob has significantly strengthened ConMed’s finance organization and investor-relations program, and during his 25-year tenure, the company grew from roughly $30 million to more than $700 million in sales,” Curt Hartman, president and CEO of ConMed, said in the news release. “Rob has also been an important resource for me during my transition and I am confident that he will oversee a seamless process as Luke takes on his responsibilities,” said Hartman. 

Shallish noted in the news release that he is “confident” that ConMed’s prospects are “bright” under Hartman’s leadership and he looks forward to working with Pomilio over the next four months to “ensure an orderly transition.”

Pomilio will work with the company’s management team as the firm seeks to position ConMed for its “next phase of growth and success,” he said.

ConMed has also announced the appointment of Patrick (Pat) Beyer as president of ConMed International, effectively immediately. Beyer previously served as CEO of ICNet and as head of Stryker Europe.

ICNet is a Warrenville, Ill.–based provider of “surveillance and case management software for infection prevention, antimicrobial stewardship and clinical pharmacy support,” according to its website. Stryker Europe manufactures medical devices and equipment.

At the same time, John Hamilton, vice president of ConMed International, will retire from the company effective Feb. 28, according to the ConMed news release.

ConMed also announced that Joseph (Joe) Darling will leave the firm on Dec. 31, following the elimination of his position as executive vice president for commercial operations. Darling’s responsibilities will be “realigned and redistributed” to senior executives within the ConMed organization, the company said. He had worked for ConMed for six years.

Headquartered in Utica, ConMed’s 3,600 employees distribute the company’s products worldwide from several manufacturing locations.

ConMed has a direct selling presence in 16 countries outside the U.S. and international sales constitute more than 50 percent of its total sales.

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