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AdvaMed Congratulates Olympus’s Caroline West on Receiving The 2020 Accenture Medtech Ethical Leadership Award

WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) today announced that Caroline West, global chief compliance officer, Olympus Corporation, was honored with the 2020 Accenture Award for Leadership in the Advancement of Ethics in the Medtech Industry. Presented at The Virtual Medtech Conference, the award is sponsored this year by Accenture and given annually under AdvaMed’s auspices to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the advancement of ethics and ethical behavior in the medical technology industry.

“Caroline’s integrity and outstanding leadership in advancing ethics and global business compliance in the medtech industry are exactly what this award is all about,” said Scott Whitaker, president and CEO of AdvaMed. “We join our friends at Olympus and across the industry in congratulating Caroline on a well-deserved honor.”

“This award is very well deserved,” said Nacho Abia, chief operating officer of Olympus Corporation and CEO of Olympus Corporation of the Americas. “Caroline understands the importance of innovation and bringing safe and effective procedures to patients and doctors who need them. She’s an inspiring compliance leader and an amazing communicator. We are very proud of Caroline, and with this award we celebrate all she’s done for patients, Olympus and our industry.”

“As a compliance leader, Caroline has played a pivotal role on AdvaMed’s Device and Diagnostics Compliance Group,” noted Christopher White, AdvaMed chief operating officer and general counsel. “Throughout her 25-year career, she has championed the compliance function in facilitating innovation, and cutting-edge education on business ethics and integrity, ensuring health-care decisions are always in the best interests of patients. Caroline has led development of best practices and served as a trusted mentor, bringing enthusiasm and passion to her coaching of medtech leaders,” White said.

“Accenture is delighted to be able to present this award, to help recognize and celebrate an outstanding compliance professional such as Caroline,” said Thomas Kawalec, managing director, Accenture. “Caroline’s integrity, and selfless advocacy on behalf of the industry and the interests of patients, serves as an inspiration and strong example to the entire community,” Kawalec said.

White concluded: “I want to express my sincere thanks to Accenture for sponsoring this award, and for their commitment to recognizing compliance leadership in medtech.”

To learn more about AdvaMed’s Code of Ethics, click here.

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