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Stryker hires chief legal officer

March 28, 2019
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Stryker has named a new executive to oversee its legal matters.

Rob Fletcher will join the Kalamazoo-based maker of medical devices and equipment as VP and chief legal officer, effective April 22, according to the company yesterday.

He is replacing Mike Hutchinson, who will transition from his current role to serve as advisor to the CEO through May 2020.

“Rob Fletcher has a strong track record of results in our industry and deep leadership experience managing complex, global business issues,” said Kevin Lobo, chair and CEO, Stryker. “His rich and varied experience and leadership skills will support our future growth and success.”

Fletcher joins Stryker after almost 15 years at Johnson & Johnson, during which time he held multiple legal leadership roles, including general counsel for the medical device and pharmaceutical sectors.

Most recently, Fletcher held the role of worldwide VP of litigation.

Before joining Johnson & Johnson, he served as corporate counsel for General Electric Aircraft Engines, which included work in mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and divestitures.

Prior to GE, Fletcher was in private legal practice at the Ohio firm Katz Teller, focusing on corporate and real estate law.

He holds a B.A. from The Ohio State University and a J.D. from Boston College Law School.


Stryker (NYSE: SYK) offers a diverse array of medical products and services in the orthopedics, surgical, neurotechnology and spinal markets that “help improve patient and hospital outcomes.”

Its products are used in more than 100 countries around the world.

The company reported 2018 revenue of about $13.6 billion.

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