DeRoyal President and COO Bill Pittman Announces Retirement
February 25, 2016
KNOXVILLE, Tennessee, USA (15 February 2016) – Bill Pittman, DeRoyal's President and Chief Operating Officer, has announced his plan to retire at the end of the first quarter of 2016, after a career spanning 32 years with the company. Mr. Pittman will take over the investment property portfolio that he and his father have developed under the brand Pittman Properties.
Mr. Pittman began his career as an account manager, relocating to Columbus, Ohio, where he became DeRoyal's sales trainer and specialist in the territory. He returned home to the corporate office as a product manager focusing on new product development and went on to serve tenures in the Marketing, OEM and Orthopedic divisions as Vice-President, becoming the company's President in 2009. In 2010, he was named President and Chief Operating Officer.
Mr. Pittman's prolific career includes spearheading the successful development and launch of hundreds of healthcare products, notably DeRoyal's burn products, surgical accessories, laparoscopic accessories and Continuum, a medical device dispensing, billing and reordering system. He is also the holder of 7 U.S. patents with others pending at the time of his retirement.
Most significantly, Mr. Pittman focused on expanding DeRoyal's presence internationally, and under his leadership, the company now has sales in more than 70 countries.
"Being a part of DeRoyal during the last three plus decades has been a life-shaping experience that I treasure," said Mr. Pittman. "This company knows no boundaries, and what this team of talented and innovative people create every single day served as an inspiration to me. Even as we evolved to be a global company, we remained rooted right here in East Tennessee and I am very proud of that. I have had the privilege of a successful and storied tenure, thanks to Pete DeBusk taking a chance on a kid from north Knoxville."
“I have had the pleasure of working with Bill for over 22 years and am very appreciative of the value he has brought DeRoyal across so many aspects of our business,” said DeRoyal’s CEO Brian DeBusk. “He will be missed both professionally and personally by the entire management team as he is an integral part of our past and has helped build the foundation for our future.”
Mr. Pittman’s retirement will be effective April 1, 2016.
Founded in 1973, medical device manufacturer DeRoyal is committed to improving both the clinical quality and economic health of its customers. With 2,000 employees, 2.5 million square feet (~232,000 square meters) under roof, operations in six countries and five U.S. states, and manufacturing assets on three continents, DeRoyal brings value to its customers in several distinct markets; these include surgical devices, unitized delivery systems, orthopedic supports & bracing as well as wound care dressings. Key core competencies include injection molding, device assembly, metal fabrication, converting, electronics assembly, and sterilization services. DeRoyal combines these fundamental manufacturing capabilities with its own unique services and information technology tools to deliver unparalleled value to its customers with a particular expertise in disrupting dysfunctional markets.
For additional DeRoyal product information, please call 1-888-938-7828 within the USA; or +1 865-938-7828 from outside the USA. Visit the DeRoyal website at www.deroyal.com