The company has been searching for a replacement since last October, when current head Olivier Bohuon announced plans to retire from the corner office.
Bohuon announced his retirement plans after having been diagnosed with a “highly treatable” type of cancer in February 2016, but said he planned to stay at the reins while undergoing treatment, including chemotherapy.
Australian-native Nawana took over as CEO at Alere in 2014 after founder and then-CEO Ron Zwanzinger stepped down. Zwanzinger received criticisms for his leadership after he spiked an initial public offering for its BBI Diagnostics unit a month before leaving.
Smith & Nephew could be looking to Nawana to help head a takeover effort there as well, according to the report from Sky News, which claims that the company could be a target for acquisition from rivals J&J and Stryker (NYSE:SYK).