Company

Regional Leadership

Henry Charlton
Senior Vice President and General Manager, United States


Henry Charlton Senior Vice President, U.S. Sales

Henry Charlton joined Intuitive Surgical in November 2003 as Area Sales Manager, Mid-Atlantic U.S. He was promoted to Senior Vice President and General Manager for the U.S. in November 2017, previously serving as Senior Vice President of U.S. Sales from 2015. Prior to that he held a number of positions including Vice President Sales, Marketing and Training in Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA) and Latin America, Canada and Australia (LACA); Vice President, U.S. Key Accounts; Area Vice President, Sales, Eastern U.S.; and Area Sales Director, Northeastern U.S. Prior to joining Intuitive Surgical, Mr. Charlton was the Vice President of Eastern U.S. Sales, and Director of EMEA for Tidal Software. Before joining Tidal Software, Mr. Charlton worked in sales and sales management throughout the U.S. and Canada for Securant Technologies (acquired by RSA Securities in 2001), Legato Systems, and U.S. Surgical Corporation. Mr. Charlton received his B.A. in History and English from the University of Pittsburgh.


Dirk Barten
General Manager in Germany


Dirk Barten, General Manager in Germany

Dirk Barten joined Intuitive Surgical in November 2016 and, in April 2017, was named the company’s first General Manager in Germany. He is responsible for leading business operations in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Eastern Europe. Prior to joining, Mr. Barten was General Manager at Schölly Fiberoptic GmbH, a long-time supplier of endoscopic imaging technology incorporated into the da Vinci Surgical System. He also served in management positions at General Electric Healthcare and Elekta Instruments. He holds a degree in Business Administration and a diploma in Medical Engineering from the University of Applied Sciences in Ulm.


Damien Desmedt
General Manager in France


Damien Desmedt, General Manager in France

Damien Desmedt joined Intuitive Surgical in March 2008 as Area Sales Director, Western Europe. In April 2015, he was promoted to Vice President, Europe Sales and Marketing. In April 2017, he assumed the new role of General Manager in France, responsible for direct business strategy and operations in France, Benelux, Ireland, the United Kingdom and the Nordic countries. Prior to joining Intuitive Surgical, Mr. Desmedt held several sales and marketing positions at Covidien and most recently at Medtronic, where he last served as Regional Manager of the Cardiac Rhythm Disease Management Division. Mr. Desmedt holds a B.T.S. in Sales and Marketing from Pigier and has completed extensive training in sales and marketing at the ESSEC Business School Paris.


John Ma, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President, Strategic Growth Initiatives and President,
Intuitive Surgical China


John Ma, SVP Strategic Growth, President Intuitive Surgical China

Senior Vice President, Strategic Growth Initiatives and President, Intuitive Surgical China John Ma joined Intuitive Surgical in July 2017 as part of the Global Commercial organization. Mr. Ma is Senior Vice President, Strategic Growth Initiatives and President, Intuitive Surgical China. He is responsible for building strong relationships with government agencies, technology partners and customers to help expand access to Intuitive products. He is leading a multi-year strategy for China focused on building out Intuitive’s presence and leadership position, and over time, he will build a regional team in China to support these goals. He has extensive experience working in China’s healthcare market, including leadership positions at GE, Express Scripts, Fosun Healthcare, and most recently as a consultant to Intuitive. Mr. Ma holds a B.S. in Metallurgy from Shanghai University of Engineering Science, and an M.S. and Ph.D. from Wayne State University in Materials Science and Engineering.


Kazuhiro Takizawa
President and Director, Japan


Kazuhiro Takizawa, Vice President and Director, Japan

Kazuhiro Takizawa joined Intuitive Surgical in April 2015 as Vice President and Director, Intuitive Surgical Japan. Mr. Takizawa is responsible for leading Intuitive Surgical’s sales and operations in Japan. Prior to joining Intuitive Surgical, Mr. Takizawa served as Vice President, Healthcare at Philips Electronics Japan, Ltd. where he was instrumental in developing and deploying winning commercial sales strategies. Mr. Takizawa has held several key leadership and sales positions at both Johnson & Johnson and TIYODA Manufacturing Company. Mr. Takizawa holds a bachelor’s degree in law from Senshu University.


Jeroen van Heesewijk
Senior Vice President, Global Distribution


Senior Vice President Asia Pacific and Global Distribution

Jeroen M.M. van Heesewijk joined Intuitive Surgical in November 2008 as Vice President of Intuitive Surgical for the Asia Pacific region. He became Senior Vice President, Global Distribution in November 2017 after serving as Senior Vice President Asia Pacific and Global Distribution. Prior to joining Intuitive Surgical, Mr. van Heesewijk served as President of Agfa Healthcare Asia Pacific starting in 2006 and was promoted to CEO of the company in January 2007. During his tenure at Philips, he held many roles, including President of Philips Medical Systems in China HK and Taiwan from 2001 to mid-2005 and CEO of Philips Romania from 1996 to 2001 and CEO of Philips Bulgaria from 1994 to 1996. Mr. van Heesewijk received his master’s degree in International Relations from Webster University in Vienna, Austria and his International Law master's degree from Catholic University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands.