John Groover

Managing Director

Since joining Strawn Arnold & Associates to build the firm’s Medical Device practice in 2003, John has established himself as one of the top retained search recruiters in the device / diagnostic sector. John believes in a highly-consultative, “hands on” approach to his search practice, resulting in the recruitment of professionals in every sector of devices, split evenly between C-level, technical-research and commercial leadership roles. Although the majority of his work is with emerging venture-backed companies, he has also worked with many of the industry’s large-cap leaders. John has been instrumental in leading the emergence of SAA as one of the largest retained recruiting firms in the life sciences sector. During his 22 years in medical devices, John held senior management / executive positions with Ethicon-Johnson and Johnson, Baxter Healthcare, GE Medical Systems, Acuson-Siemens, and Sulzer Carbomedics, where as President he helped lead the successful divestiture of the business. This commercial and operational experience has afforded him unmatched contacts as well as exposure to these cultures, resulting in a unique industry “peer to peer” network that is immeasurably valuable in executive recruiting. John graduated from Virginia Tech where as a scholarship football athlete he earned a double major in Marketing and Management. He serves as a member of Tech’s Pamplin College of Business Management Advisory Board and has been a guest speaker at a number of device industry forums.

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