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23 June, 2020 - 09:04 By Tony Quested

CMR over the moon with SpaceX executive hire

Cambridge UK’s most recent unicorn business, CMR Surgical, has secured a hire that is out of this world, persuading Barrington D’Arcy – formerly with Elon Musk’s space exploration company SpaceX – to join as chief operations officer.

D’Arcy was a highly respected operator within Musk’s California enterprise so this is some coup for CMR whose Versius robotic arms are transforming keyhole surgery globally.

D’Arcy will oversee the growth of CMR Surgical’s manufacturing and supply chain to support the company’s global expansion. He has more than 20 years of world-class manufacturing experience, having started his career in the automotive industry as a manufacturing engineer and most recently working within the aerospace industry. 

At SpaceX his primary focus was to accelerate the company’s capability to manufacture space rockets in a hi-tech, low volume environment. 

Whilst at SpaceX, D’Arcy developed the manufacturing engineering team for the company and led the composites manufacturing team across all disciplines. 

Prior to that he worked in manufacturing plants across Britain and Europe, specialising in automated solutions for BMW and MINI, taking vehicles through the concept phase into full production.

Per Vegard Nerseth, CEO of CMR Surgical, said: “I am very pleased Barrington has chosen to join us as COO. Barrington has an incredibly strong background working in high-growth companies and a track record of scaling operations to produce high quality products which makes him an ideal fit for CMR at this important time. I welcome Barrington to the team as we continue to execute our commercialisation strategy and expand globally.”

D’Arcy added: “I hugely admire the team at CMR and what they have achieved with Versius in such a relatively short space of time. I am looking forward to using my skills and experience gained over the course of my career to help drive the vision of the business to make this remarkable robot available to physicians across the globe.”

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