Executive Vice President, Global Operations
John N. Varela was named Executive Vice President, Global Operations at RTI in January 2017. He joined the company in July 2014 to oversee U.S. manufacturing and distribution, and assumed additional responsibilities in December 2014 to oversee information technology, including SAP. Varela became an officer of the company on January 1, 2015.
Varela as more than 30 years of experience within manufacturing and supply chain, spanning several industries in various leadership positions. Prior to joining RTI, he spent the early part of his career with General Electric and Phillips Lighting Company. His career in the medical device industry began in 2004 with Aarow International (now Teleflex Medical), before moving to Accellent, Inc. (now Viant Medical.) In his role at Accellent he served as Director of Operations implementing lean principles to transform the manufacturing flow and improve delivery performance.
Varela earned a master’s degree in environmental engineering from Drexel University and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from The Pennsylvania State University. He has also earned his Six Sigma Master Black Belt and is certified in Production and Inventory Management.
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