Shirley Named President at Patterson Companies

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Eric Shirley will join Patterson Companies as president of its dental business unit, effective February 4, 2019. He has more than 26 years of dental industry experience in various leadership roles, Patterson reports. He also holds an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Long Beach State University.

“After completing a thorough search, Eric was the clear choice to lead Patterson Dental into the future,” said Mark Walchirk, president and CEO of Patterson Companies. “His track record in the dental industry, combined with his leadership experience and ability to drive performance, made him an ideal candidate for this critical role at Patterson.” 

Most recently, Shirley was chief commercial officer at Midmark. Previously, he held leadership positions at Dentsply Preventive Care and Dentsply Professional as well as several other dental manufacturers. He is a past chair of the Dental Trade Alliance and is involved with TeamSmile, Oral Health America, and the Dental Lifeline Network as well. 

“Having been a part of the dental industry for my entire career, I have always viewed Patterson as a leader in our space, providing unparalleled expertise and constant focus on the customer,” said Shirley. “I am excited to join the Patterson team to build on the legacy Patterson Dental has established and drive towards continued success for our customers.” 

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