NuVasive Inc. Announces Dale Wolf Will Lead Ohio Manufacturing Facility
NuVasive Inc. (NASDAQ: NUVA), the leader in spine technology innovation, focused on transforming spine surgery with minimally disruptive, procedurally-integrated solutions, announced the appointment of Dale Wolf as vice president, Manufacturing, who will oversee the Company’s West Carrollton, Ohio manufacturing facility.
Mr. Wolf will fill a newly created role emphasizing the importance of the company’s goal to become a world-class manufacturer. He will manage the 180,000 square foot manufacturing operations, and focus on optimizing output, advancing the insourcing strategy and streamlining processes, reporting directly to Steve Rozow, executive vice president, Global Process Transformation. With accelerated improvements over the second half of 2018, the manufacturing facility is expected to produce 70 percent of its spinal implant products by year-end. The NuVasive insourcing effort represents a tremendous opportunity to control costs and implant quality, along with overall positive margin expansion.
With nearly two decades at General Electric (GE), Mr. Wolf has extensive experience in medical device manufacturing operations. He has held various leadership roles managing GE Healthcare manufacturing facilities, streamlining new product introductions, implementing Lean Six Sigma processes, supporting high-performance work teams and operating with the philosophy of continuous improvement. Most recently, Mr. Wolf led GE Healthcare’s Florence, South Carolina plant producing magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) components for the past four years. There, he led a site of more than 400 employees, and directed all supply-chain operations supporting $1 billion in revenue and $60 million in inventory.
“Dale brings a dynamic pedigree of experience in medical device manufacturing to NuVasive that will be instrumental in scaling our insourcing output,” said Steve Rozow. “His knowledge and expertise of managing complex operations will be integral in driving growth for our business as our manufacturing efforts continue to expand. Dale is a proven leader who will be a great addition to the robust manufacturing talent we are cultivating at NuVasive.”
Mr. Wolf earned a bachelor of science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and holds a Six Sigma Green Belt certification.