Joel Becker, 51, had a nearly 20-year career at St. Jude Medical that included serving as president of St. Jude’s Americas Division, according to a Form 8-K that Integer filed yesterday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Becker replaces Antonio Gonzalez, whom Integer said yesterday had stepped down from his position effective immediately. Integer said it will continue to employ Gonzalez until January 2020. He stands to receive a $320,000 cash severance payment plus a potential pro-rated bonus and unvested performance-based equity awards — as long as he signs a separation agreement with customary release provisions.
Gonzalez has been with Integer and predecessor company Greatbatch Medical for more than 14 years, with nearly four years as president of the CRM&N line.
Integer CEO Joe Dziedzic described the new CRM&N president Becker as a “mission-driven leader with extensive industry, product and customer knowledge.”
“We share a passion for enhancing patient lives through our customers, and I look forward to partnering with him to build on CRM&N’s strong performance as we accelerate our strategy to achieve above market growth,” Dziedzic said in a statement shared with Medical Design & Outsourcing.
After leaving St. Jude Medical in 2016, Becker was president of Austin, Texas–based Viking North Ventures, providing advisory services and growth capital to small to mid-cap medtech and healthcare companies, according to his LinkedIn profile.