On the Record with Thomas J. Sullivan

  • Authors:
    Howard Muson
  • Publication Date:
    December 2012
  • Report Number:
    A-0390-12-EA

This is a follow-up interview with one of the CEOs of a mid-market firm who participated in The Conference Board CEO Challenge® 2012, Thomas J. Sullivan, President and CEO of Symmetry Medical, Inc.

Symmetry, based in Warsaw, Indiana, is a contract manufacturer and designer of surgical instruments and orthopedic implants and serves companies like Johnson & Johnson, Stryker, and Medtronic. Symmetry's OEM Solutions business unit has eight production plants in the United States and six abroad. Symmetry also sells reusable surgical instruments directly to hospitals through its Symmetry Surgical Unit, which has distributors in more than 60 countries.

In this interview Sullivan discusses human capital challenges to filling positions with those with the right skills - but also the importance of finding qualified applicants that will blend into the company's culture. He also discusses partnerships, innovation, mergers and acquisitions, and organizational design—and the effects of new health care regulations on the business.

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