New chief operating officer for Alphatec Spine


Alphatec Spine has announced that Mike Plunkett will succeed Pat Ryan as chief operating officer. Plunkett joined Alphatec Spine in 2012 as vice president operations, where he was responsible for US operations (including supply chain, production, manufacturing engineering, facilities and information technology) and Ryan recently announced his intention to resign from the company to pursue other opportunities.

A press release reports that in his new role, Plunkett will have responsibility for global supply chain, clinical, regulatory, quality and research and development, as well as continuing to lead and deliver improvements in global operations. In addition, he will be focused on delivering Alphatec’s next-generation pedicle screw system to the market and ensuring that there is a continuous flow of new products. 

Les Cross, chairman and chief executive officer, says: “During the last eighteen months Mike has been responsible for driving many improvements in our US operations, including driving Lean Enterprise throughout the supply chain and manufacturing functions. Mike’s appointment to this role demonstrates the bench strength of our management team.”

Pat Ryan will stay with the Company until mid-January to transition his responsibilities.