Smith & Nephew named Namal Nawana as its chief executive officer effective May 7. Nawana was most recently CEO of Alere, where he oversaw its $5.3 billion acquisition by Abbott in 2017. He joined Alere as chief operating officer in December 2012. Prior to Alere, he spent more than 15 years at Johnson & Johnson, primarily in its medical devices and diagnostics operations in the USA, Asia and Europe. In 2011 he became worldwide president of J&J subsidiary DePuy Synthes Spine.