Michael Plunkett to Direct Alphatec Spine’s U.S. Operations
CARLSBAD, Calif., March 21, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Alphatec Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:ATEC), the parent company of Alphatec Spine, Inc., a medical device company that designs, develops, manufactures and markets products for the surgicaltreatment of spine disorders, with a focus on treating conditions related to the aging spine, announced today that Michael Plunkett has been named the Company’s Vice President of Operations.
Mr. Plunkett will have responsibility for direction and leadership of Alphatec Spine’s U.S. Operations, including Supply Chain, Production, Manufacturing Engineering and Facilities. He has held various positions in Operations, Information Technology, and Program Management, and was most recently a Managing Director with the First Marblehead Corporation in Boston, MA. Prior to that, Mr. Plunkett served more than 24 years in the U.S. Navy, and retired with the rank of Captain in July 2003.
“We are pleased to have Mike join the Alphatec Spine team to lead our U.S. operations, along with Pat Ryan, our COO,” said Les Cross, Alphatec Spine’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We expect 2012 to be a pivotal year for Alphatec Spine’s operational strategy as we strengthen our global manufacturing efficiency and streamline our cost structure. We have made good progress during the past few months, but we still have much to accomplish with our initiatives to reduce cost of goods sold and increase efficiency in our U.S. and international operations to strengthen gross profit margins. Mike is a welcome addition to help us execute our strategy and realize our annualized cost savings goal of approximately $2 million. He will also be an integral member of our senior leadership team as we drive toward our goal of being a global leader in the spine market. We look forward to capitalizing on Mike’s contributions in both the short-term and long-term future.”
About Alphatec Spine
Alphatec Spine, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Alphatec Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:ATEC). Alphatec Spine is a medical device company that designs, develops, manufactures and markets products for the surgical treatment of spine disorders, primarily focused on the aging spine. The Company’s mission is to combine world-class customer service with innovative, surgeon-driven products that will help improve the aging patient’s quality of life. The Company is poised to achieve its goal through new solutions for patients with osteoporosis, stenosis and other aging spine deformities, improved minimally invasive products and techniques and integrated biologics solutions. In addition to its U.S. operations, the Company also markets its products in over 50 international markets through its affiliate, Scient’x S.A.S., via a direct sales force in France, Italy and the United Kingdom and via independent distributors in the rest of Europe, the Middle East and Africa, South America and Latin America. In Japan, the Company markets its products through its subsidiary, Alphatec Pacific, Inc. In the rest of Asia and Australia, the Company sells its and Scient’x’s products through its and Scient’x’s distributors.
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Forward Looking Statements
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