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Stryker transitions legal leadership

April 2, 2014
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Stryker transitions legal leadership
Michael Hutchinson. Courtesy Stryker

The legal department at medical equipment maker Stryker is under new leadership.

Kalamazoo-based Stryker said this week that Curtis Hall, vice president and chief legal officer, has shifted to a part-time role as senior legal counsel.

The company has transitioned the leadership of its legal and compliance function to Michael Hutchinson, who serves as general counsel for the company.

Hall will report to Hutchinson and continue to help the company with complex legal matters.

The transition expands Hutchinson’s role to include corporate compliance and the corporate secretary function.

Hutchinson will also join Stryker's executive leadership team.

Hutchinson background

Hutchinson joined Stryker as assistant counsel in June 2008 and was promoted to chief legal counsel for the Orthopedics Group in Dec. 2008, before being named Stryker deputy general counsel in 2012 and general counsel in 2013.

He has worked for several law firms and as an in-house attorney in the Washington, D.C. area before joining Stryker.

He received his law degree from George Washington University Law School.

"Mike has demonstrated outstanding leadership and business-partnering skills and has been working closely with Curtis to allow for a smooth transition into this new role," said Kevin Lobo, president and CEO, Stryker.


Stryker said that Hall made the decision to shift to the part-time role.

Hall has led Stryker's legal function since becoming the company's first general counsel in 1994.

"I would like to thank Curtis for his many contributions to Stryker throughout his career, including building the global legal and compliance organizations,” Lobo said. “He has demonstrated consistently strong judgment, leadership and commitment to the growth of the company.”

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