Dentsply Sirona Appoints New CEO and Board Members

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New leadership will take the reins at Dentsply Sirona as the company appoints a chief executive officer and expands its board of directors from nine to 12 seats. Donald M. Casey Jr will be the CEO, effective February 12, succeeding interim CEO Mark A. Thierer, who has served in that post since September 28, 2017. Casey also will serve on the board of directors in one of the new seats with appointees Betsy D. Holden and Leslie F. Varon.

“Don has deep experience in global manufacturing, product development, and distribution of medical devices and technology,” said Eric K. Brandt, non-executive chairman of the board. “Further, he has a strong track record of managing global healthcare businesses and partnering with healthcare professionals, which will be critical to Dentsply Sirona as we continue to execute our growth strategy, accelerate innovation, and advance dental care.” 

“It is truly an honor to serve as the next chief executive officer of Dentsply Sirona. This is a company that brings over a century of deep understanding of the market, leading brands, an unparalleled track record for innovation, and a recognized commitment to clinical education,” said Casey. “I firmly believe that Dentsply Sirona is well positioned to serve our customers by bringing comprehensive solutions globally.” 

With more than 30 years of global healthcare experience, Casey most recently served as CEO of the medical segment of Cardinal Health, where he delivered consistent revenue and operating income growth while helping to position it for sustainable growth going forward, Dentsply Sirona said. Previously, he was CEO of the Gary and Mary West Wireless Health Institute and as chairman of Johnson & Johnson’s comprehensive care group and executive committee. 

Meanwhile, Holden is a senior advisor to McKinsey & Company, a former co-CEO of Kraft foods, and CEO of Kraft Foods North America. While at Kraft, she introduced new products that generated more than $2 billion in revenue. She now serves on the board of Diageo PLC, Time Inc, and the western University Company. She holds a BA from Duke University and a master’s of management in marketing and finance form the Kellogg School of Management.

Varon has served in a number of leadership roles at Xerox during her 30-year career there, including chief financial officer, corporate controller, vice president of finance for North America, and head of investor relations. She serves on the board of Hamilton Lane Inc. Also, she holds a BA from Binghamton University and a master’s in business administration with concentrations in finance and marketing from Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

“We are delighted to welcome Betsy and Leslie to Dentsply Sirona’s board of directors,” said Brandt. “Both individuals are internationally recognized business leaders, incredibly talented, and bring a broad set of skills to Dentsply Sirona. We are fortunate to add such high-caliber people to help us achieve our potential as the market leader in dental products and technologies.”

“I am excited to join Dentsply Sirona, the innovator in the dental industry and do my part in collaboration with management and the board to help the company achieve its mission of empowering dental professionals to deliver better, safer, faster dental care,” said Holden.

“Dentsply Sirona is the global market leader in the dental industry with significant growth opportunities. I am eager to partner with my fellow board members, the management team, and employees to improve oral health worldwide and create long-term shareholder value.”

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