Stuart Silk

Stuart is a board member of MedTech Europe, a board member of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Netherlands, and a member of the GLG Institute, an invite-only global CEO network.

Stuart Silk began his career with Stryker, a leading global medical technology company, in 2008 as Managing Director of France. After assuming roles with increasing responsibility, he was named President of Europe in July 2015 with a focus on accelerating global growth through Stryker's new Transatlantic Operating Model. From October 2015 to May 2018, his responsibilities were expanded to include EEMEA, Latin America and Canada.
Prior to Stryker, Stuart held a variety of leadership and managerial roles in Europe and Latin America at Premier Farnell and CHEP.

As the old saying goes, making predictions can be difficult – especially about the future . If you need evidence of this, think how you might have answered the question ‘Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?’ if you had been asked in 2016. But while the pandemic has delivered a harsh lesson in humility for forecasters and futurologists, it has also been a catalyst for fulfilling some of the predictions about the innovation-fuelled evolution of healthcare delivery which had been slow to take hold. The obvious example is in the use of digital tools. For years, those of us with an eye on innovation were excited by the potential of communication technologies to revolutionise everything from doctor-patient consultations and healthcare professionals’ training to wearables and mobile diagnostic apps. I’m sure I am not alone in having experienced a degree of frustration in the slow pace of change in healthcare. While digital technologies have transformed financial services, travel and entertainment, health systems often showed little appetite for disruption. As we reflect on a turbulent year, this is also a good moment to look ahead and ask what the next five to ten years may hold. I expect this to be a question that will trigger a lively discussion at the MedTech Forum where the perspectives of patients, health professionals, economists and industry will come together. Accelerating positive change Before looking ahead, let’s first take stock of where we are today. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought us immense challenges. Our social lives, our economies and our work have been radically shaken up. Our health systems, many of which are still under considerable strain, have also been turned on their heads. While many health professionals have responded with admirable agility to keep services running where possible, some are exhausted by...