Among the medtech companies of the world, women hold a variety of leadership positions — like Cindy Kent, who is the president and general manager of 3M’s Infection Prevention Division, and Sandi Peterson, who is the executive VP and group worldwide chairman at Johnson & Johnson.
Women, however, continue to be underrepresented in the top ranks of major companies. Only 4% or Fortune 500 CEOs are women, for example.
Product testing, inspection and certification organization NSF International is an exception to the rule. Out of its 7 executive leaders, 5 are women. They include Heather Howell, who is the executive VP of NSF International’s medical devices consulting group and has 25 years of experience in the medtech industry. Elaine Messa is the president of NSF International’s medical devices consulting group and has 30 years of experience in the medtech industry.
Here are 5 leadership lessons for women in medtech that Howell and Messa had to offer based on their combined experiences.