Little Falls-based Cantel Medical Corp. has announced that George L. Fotiades has been named the company’s president and chief executive officer, effective immediately. Fotiades also will continue to serve on Cantel’s board of directors. He succeeds Jorgen B. Hansen, who has resigned from the company and its board of directors.
Fotiades has over 35 years of experience with companies in the healthcare and consumer products industries, both as an operator and an investor. He has been a member of Cantel’s board of directors since 2008 and most recently served as operating partner at Five Arrows Capital Partners. Fotiades was previously president and COO of Cardinal Health, where he led the successful acquisition and integration of several businesses, creating Cardinal’s Pharmaceutical Technologies & Services segment. After the segment’s sale to The Blackstone Group in 2007, Fotiades became chairman of the new company, which became Catalent, Inc.
Charles M. Diker, chairman of the Cantel board, said, “On behalf of the board, I am very pleased to appoint George as Cantel’s new president and CEO. His experience leading companies through significant growth, creating organizational capabilities on a global scale, and integrating acquired businesses make him the ideal candidate to lead Cantel at this juncture. George has been a key contributor to the board for over a decade and will make a seamless transition to this role. The board and I look forward to working with George in his new capacity to support the next phase of Cantel’s development.”
“Cantel has an excellent market position and many opportunities ahead for both organic growth and continued acquisition activity,” said Fotiades. “I look forward to working with the board and the executive leadership team in my new role to improve our operating model and performance, drive organic growth, attract and cultivate top leadership talent, and identify attractive acquisition candidates and expansion opportunities.”
Diker continued, “We thank Jorgen for his many contributions to Cantel. During Jorgen’s tenure, Cantel made significant progress expanding internationally and completed a number of key strategic acquisitions that have bolstered our market position and driven growth. Jorgen is a talented executive of the highest integrity and we wish him all the best in the next phase of his career.”
Hansen said, “It has been a privilege to lead the team at Cantel. During my tenure, we executed on our ambitious strategy, strengthening Cantel’s business and global reach. By doing so, we have taken the company’s mission of saving lives through infection prevention to the next level. I am proud of what we have accomplished together.”
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