Mr. Jochims was named executive vice president, strategy & solutions, for Owens & Minor, effective April 8, 2019. Previously, Mr. Jochims served for four years as an executive consultant and board member to firms focused on Life Sciences industries. He has served on the board of Sarnova, based in Columbus, Ohio, since 2018. Sarnova serves the product needs of the emergency medical services and acute care markets. Since 2017, Mr. Jochims has also served on the board of Protochips, a leader in the development and installation of durable goods and consumables for the electron microscopy market. From 2015 to 2018, Mr. Jochims was a co-founder and principal of 4C Measures, a technology start-up firm. Before that, Mr. Jochims served for 14 years at Thermo Fisher Scientific in positions of increasing authority. He rose to the position of president of Fisher Safety & Fisher Scientific Divisions.
Mr. Leon was named Senior Vice President, Corporate Treasurer of Owens & Minor in May 2018. Prior to that, he served as Vice President, Treasurer, after joining Owens & Minor in January of 2017. Before joining Owens & Minor, Mr. Leon worked for the Brinks Company for nine years, beginning in 2008, where he served as Treasurer. He has extensive experience in treasury management. Mr. Leon earned his degree at the University of Connecticut.
As Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Halyard Health’s Surgical & Infection Prevention business, Chris was responsible for the same worldwide functions. Prior to joining Halyard Health, Chris served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Kimberly-Clark Health Care, where he was responsible for strategic direction, as well as sales and marketing execution globally. In this role, Chris led both the medical device and surgical and infection prevention segments of the health care business.
Chris joined Kimberly-Clark Health Care as Vice President of Medical Devices in 2010. Prior to joining Kimberly-Clark Health Care, Chris held several senior marketing and sales roles at Covidien, a global health care products company. He has more than 18 years ofexperience in the medical device and supply industry.
Chris graduated from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland with a Bachelor’s degree in engineering. He subsequently served six years in various roles as a nuclear submarine officer.
Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer of Owens & Minor since March 2018. A global Human Resources executive, Ms. Neal worked for Becton Dickinson (BD), a $17B global medical device & technology company, in a variety of senior leadership roles, where she most recently served as Senior Vice President, Human Resources, of their $4B+ Life Sciences Segment. Additionally, Ms. Neal successfully led the organization and talent integration for (Bard and CareFusion) the two largest acquisitions in BD’s history. Over the course of her career, she has acquired experience in the medical device industry, global manufacturing, and mergers & acquisitions. She developed a proven track record of success in change management, performance management, executive coaching, and building and executing growth strategies.
Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer (CIO) since joining Owens & Minor in 2018. A seasoned Information Technology professional, Mr. Pekala serves on the company’s Executive Leadership Team, reporting directly to Robert C. Sledd, Chairman and Interim President & CEO. For the previous four years, Mr. Pekala served as Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer for ACCO Brands, Inc., a global provider of branded business and consumer products, where he led a successful transformation of the information technology (IT) function. Prior to joining ACCO, Mr. Pekala served as CIO for Graphic Packaging Holding Company, where he worked for 15 years. An experienced IT executive, Mr. Pekala brings 25 years’ experience in transforming and leading technology teams to Owens & Minor.
Mr. Pesicka was named president & chief executive officer of Owens & Minor, effective March 7, 2019, and was appointed to the board of directors at the same time. Prior to that, Mr. Pesicka served as an independent consultant and advisor in the healthcare, life science and distribution industries since January 2016. From January 2000 through April 2015, he served in various roles of increasing responsibility at Thermo Fisher Scientific, a $17 billion manufacturer and supplier of a range of products to the research, healthcare, industrial and safety markets, including most recently as chief commercial officer & senior vice president. Before joining Thermo Fisher Scientific, Mr. Pesicka spent eight years at TRW Inc., in a variety of finance roles and three years with PricewaterhouseCoopers as an auditor.
Mr. Snead was appointed Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of Owens & Minor, effective December 6, 2018. Prior to that, he served as Group VP of Finance – Global Solutions and as Interim Financial Officer from June 1, 2018 to December 2018. After joining Owens & Minor as Vice President of Corporate Development in 2010, Mr. Snead assumed roles of increasing responsibility in strategic planning, corporate development and later as treasurer of the company. Prior to joining Owens & Minor, Mr. Snead served as a director in the mergers and acquisitions group of Barclays Capital in New York. Mr. Snead earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and a master’s in business administration from Columbia Business School.
Mr. Zacur was named Senior Vice President & Chief Procurement Officer of Owens & Minor in June 2019. With an extensive history of driving above market growth, Mark had most recently served as Vice President & General Manager of Fisher Healthcare, a national diagnostics laboratory distributor and operating division of Thermo Fisher Scientific. Previously, he held a variety of marketing, product management, procurement and operations leadership roles at Fisher Safety, Bayer Corporation and Reichhold Chemicals.
Mark has served as a Board Member of The Health Industry Distributors Association (HIDA) since 2012 as well as HIDA’s Board Chairman in 2015. Additionally, Mark also serves as a Board Member at St. Clair Hospital, a non-profit and independent acute care medical center (a Watson Health Top 100 Hospital and member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network) located in southwestern Pennsylvania.
Mark received his undergraduate degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and earned an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University.