Sunrise Medical’s new president and CEO being brought in to replace the acting CEO has been revealed by the board of directors as Thomas Babacan,
Babacan, who will start in November, has a history of leading global and innovation-driven businesses.
He comes from a CEO position at AHT Cooling Systems, a global producer of commercial refrigeration and freezing systems.
Johan Ek, chairman of Sunrise Medical, who is acting CEO, said: “Thomas, with his global sales and operations experience, is well suited to lead Sunrise Medical on its ambitious growth journey.”
Ek has been acting CEO since June when former president and CEO, Thomas Rossnagel, who had been at his post for eight years, decided to leave his position for family reasons.
Ek added: “In Babacan, Sunrise Medical has found a president and CEO who in his previous positions has demonstrated strong leadership and strategic skills.”
Babacan has held several other leadership positions, including CEO of Leybold Vacuum, CEO of Oerlikon Textile and COO for OC Oerlikon, a stock listed manufacturing technology company.
Rossnagel was credited with leading Sunrise’s “transformation to a global industry leader with revenues”.
Under his stewardship the global group achieved nearly £450m in turnover.
Sunrise recently officially unveiled its largest launch of the year, which includes six new powerchairs, as part of its strategy to make it the go-to supplier for UK mobility dealers.
The new Q-series powerchair range is unprecedented in terms of its launch strategy and how many units have already been shifted.
It comprises of powerchairs from the very low end to the very high end and as well as improving on current models, consolidates Sunrise’s powerchair portfolio and makes its range easier for dealers and end-users to understand.