CALEDONIA—Aspen Surgical Products Inc., the Caledonia manufacturer of surgical disposable products, has made things permanent, naming Jason Krieser, who had served as interim CEO for the past seven months, to the position going forward.
Company officials said Krieser successfully led Aspen’s carve-out from Hillrom as well as its acquisition of Beatty Sales & Marketing LLP.
Krieser previously held sales, marketing, and research and development at Johnson & Johnson, Smith & Nephew, and Allen Medical Systems. In his most recent role as vice president and general manager of Allen, he grew the business to more than double its size in revenue, while also expanding their product focus in the segments of hip and spine. During his tenure, Allen became a leading player in both the spine table and the patient positioning accessory product categories.
“Aspen’s culture has been constructed around a core of continuous improvement in our commitment to bring increasing value to our customers, and Jason has proven to be an outstanding complement given his innate focus on customers and relationships as well as his deep industry experience,” said Aspen CFO, Greg Muller. “Specifically, Jason’s thought leadership and guidance has proven instrumental as we transition to this new stage within Aspen’s life cycle, and we’re thrilled to have him continue to lead the organization as we navigate the path ahead.”
Kreiser earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an MBA from Southern Methodist University. He also served as a chemical officer in the 1-67 armored battalion in the U.S. Army.
“At Aspen, we have a unique combination of talent, culture, and product offering that serves as the perfect foundation for growth,” Krieser said. “We are a team that wants to win, and it’s fun to be a part of that.”
Established in 1999, Aspen Surgical’s portfolio of specialty medical products and surgical instruments includes Bard-Parker Blades and Scalpels, O.R. accessories, patient and staff safety products, basic wound care products, and instrument care products. Aspen facilities in Caledonia and Las Piedras, Puerto Rico offer vertically integrated, domestic manufacturing capabilities including injection molding, die cutting, converting, assembly and packaging as well as blade stamping, grinding and finishing. Recently acquired by Audax Private Equity, Aspen is poised for both organic growth and growth through acquisition. For more information, visit www.aspensurgical.com.