People news: Sunrise Medical, VGM, Permobil

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

FRESNO, Calif. – Thomas Rossnagel has resigned as president and CEO of Sunrise Medical, the manufacturer announced today.

Johan Ek, chairman of the board of directors, has taken over as acting CEO, according to a press release.

“After 20 years of service at Sunrise Medical, I would like to spend more time with my family,” said Rossnagel, who held the role since 2009. “For that reason, I have asked our owners, Nordic Capital, to find a new CEO for Sunrise Medical.”

Sunrise Medical is a global manufacturer of complex rehab products, seating and positioning systems, scooters and geriatric product lines. Key brands include Quickie, Sopur, RGK, JAY, Breezy, Sterling and Gemino.

Douglas moves into new position at VGM

WATERLOO, Iowa – VGM & Associates has named Craig Douglas to the newly created position of vice president of payer and member relations.

Douglas will be tasked with navigating payer relationships and addressing concerns that are impacting VGM members.

“Adding Craig’s expertise will serve as a huge benefit to our membership community,” said Clint Geffert, VGM & Associates president, in a press release. “He brings 18 years of experience working with payer sources and providers and has vast knowledge of the HME industry.”

Douglas previously served as vice president of payer relations for VGM’s Homelink division, where he was responsible for provider onboarding; oversight of network adequacy for the payer partners and patients for whom care was coordinated; and building and fostering effective, goal-driven relationships with payers and providers. 

Mick joins Permobil

LEBANON, Tenn. – Permobil has tapped WB Mick as its new general manager of the TiLite Business Unit Manual.

Mick, who will start June 12, previously worked as Numotion’s vice president of business development. Larry Jackson, president of Permobil’s Business Region Americas, will remain involved as president of the business unit, according to a press release.

“I always respected Larry’s vision and leadership and I am excited to work for him at world’s most innovative manual wheelchair manufacturer,” said Mick.  “Larry will continue to be a guiding force for me and Business Unit Manual.” 

Permobil acquired ROHO in 2015 and TiLite in 2014.