Craig A. Swandal
Craig A. Swandal joins Apyx™ Medical’s Board with over 30 years of experience at public and privately-held medical technology and electronics manufacturing companies. He has a strong background in global manufacturing strategy and execution, as well as a track record in leading and advising companies in the medical technology sector.
Mr. Swandal began his career in 1981 at Unisys Corporation, a manufacturer of main frame computer systems, where he held a variety of manufacturing positions of increasing responsibility. In 1995 he joined Silent Knight, a manufacturer of industrial fire and security systems, as a Manufacturing Manager and was promoted to Vice President of Operations.
In 2001, Mr. Swandal joined Gyrus, a manufacturer of surgical devices, where he was responsible for the company’s manufacturing operations as Director of Operations and later Vice President of Operations.
During his tenure, he improved manufacturing efficiencies by leading his manufacturing group through the implementation of lean and Six Sigma techniques. Following Gyrus’s acquisition of ACMI in 2005, Mr. Swandal was promoted to Senior Vice President and was responsible for the global operations of the combined company, which included 12 facilities across 8 countries. He developed and executed Gyrus ACMI’s strategy to consolidate its manufacturing, distribution, customer service and service and repair operations and was a member of the leadership team that successfully sold the company to Olympus Corporation for $2.2 billion in 2008.
Following the acquisition of Gyrus ACMI, Mr. Swandal served on the executive leadership teams of several companies, including ATS Medical, ACELL and Tendyne, where he was focused on operational development. He is currently the Principal of Lead 2 Change Consulting, where he assists companies in identifying and implementing new manufacturing initiatives. Mr. Swandal holds a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management and Communications from Concordia University, as well as a mini Master of Business Administration in Medical Technology from the University of St Thomas.