Example # 1: Back in April Scient'X Groupe, S.A., announced the appointment of Oliver Burckhardt as its President and CEO. The release stated, "OB was responsible for the Orthofix/Blackstone spine unit with revenues that exceeded $100 million in 2008. Of course part of this appointment was probably attributed to the fact that Healthpoint had to replace Mike Huggins who had some legal issues leftover from his Synthes/Norian days that have recently been adjudicated. But I'm not writing about Huggins, I am talking about OB, Scient'X and Healthpoint. If anything, OB had a brief stint at Blackstone. But was he really responsible for contributing to any of the $100 million in revenue? He was there for such a brief period that his coffee didn't have a chance to get cold. Yet, if you read the comments that were made about Huggins departure, you start to laugh, "during his tenure he strengthened the companies platform and positioned it for significant growth!" Are you kidding? If my memory serves me correctly, the guy was at Scient'X for less than a year. Just leave it to a bunch of orthopaedic investment bankers to serve up a plate of "BS" to potential investors. Question: What has Scient'X done recently? Outside of raising some capital, not much!
Example #2: Custom Spine: In January (I must be bored if I went that far back in time) CS announced the appointment of Lew Bennett as President. The company announced that "Demolition Lew" brings over 48 years of experience in the medical device industry. I didn't know there were people with that kind of longevity in our industry. The CEO stated; "We are really excited to have Lew taking the helm at Custom Spine." You've got to be kidding! Jack Sparrow has a better chance of surviving this ship wreck! The Board should be fired! The guy is an octogenarian and has left more than his share of collateral damage in the industry! Lew has consulted for over 550 orthopedic and neurological practices and universities, in addition to all the other accolades that he lists. He is legend (Will Smith look out) in his own mind. Some people need to stop living in the past. The only way he could create this much excitement would be if he was playing with his dosing of Viagra.
Example #3: Applied Spine Technology names Craig Corrance new CEO. If this guy isn't Bill Compton (the Vampire) from True Blood, I don't know who in our industry is. Will his return to the head honcho position bring some tranquility to his life? If he isn't warding off threats from a cadre of former Vampires (Altiva, Scient'x and Raymedica) I don't know who is. Didn't this guy get appointed in June of 2008 as the President of Raymedica? World class talent usually last longer than one year. Throw in the responsibilities of his newly turned fledgling Applied Spine, and it almost makes Craig yearn for the good old days of lurking in the shadows.
The Spine Blogger wants to know what some of you real people think?