Kraft ‘big cheese’ becomes CMR Surgical chair
Tony Vernon, the former CEO of Kraft Foods who has more than 30 years experience in senior executive positions with world-class companies, has become non-executive chairman of Cambridge UK MedTech pioneer CMR Surgical.
The company has masterminded the next-generation surgical robotic system Versius®.
Vernon will lead the board, working with the CMR management team as they drive the company’s global strategy and international expansion.
Vernon was the first CEO of Kraft Foods after it was spun off in 2012 and held the role until 2014. His global leadership experience is further complemented by significant healthcare expertise, guiding businesses that have a strong mission to improve healthcare outcomes for patients.
This includes 23 years at Johnson & Johnson in a variety of leadership roles including company group chairman of Depuy Orthopedics, President of Centocor Biotech, President of McNeil Consumer and President of Johnson & Johnson-Merck joint venture.
Following his time at Johnson & Johnson, Vernon served as healthcare industry partner of Ripplewood Holdings, a US based private equity and venture capital firm.
He currently serves on the boards of a range of healthcare and consumer companies including Intersect ENT, Novocure, Nuvation Bio, McCormick Foods, and Nature’s Fynd.
CMR has continued to strengthen its board and senior team as part of its global expansion plans. The addition of Tony Vernon follows the appointment of Per Vegard Nerseth as CEO at the start of the year and more recently Barrington D’Arcy as chief operations officer.
Per Vegard Nerseth, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Tony as our chairman and have someone with his expertise lead the board as we continue to expand globally.
“CMR has completed over 600 clinical cases to date and, with strong demand for Versius, this is an opportune time for Tony to join us as we grow and enter new markets.
“He has an outstanding background leading several large consumer and healthcare organisations and deep experience supporting the growth of companies that are looking to improve the lives of patients around the world. This is firmly in line with CMR’s mission and ideal for leading the Board as we deliver on our ambitious strategy.”
Vernon added: “CMR Surgical is a hugely innovative business with an increasingly international presence. It is exciting to join the board at such a pivotal time as the company focuses on expansion and further commercialises Versius. I believe CMR is well positioned to realise the potential of robotic surgery.”