At Symmetry Surgical®, our executive leadership team is composed of talented individuals with a track record of success and dedication to our shared mission of “Elevating Surgery for Life”.
Meet the Executive Leadership Team
Mr. Straeb began his career with Covidien in 1991 where he held various sales and marketing positions across the imaging, critical care, respiratory and surgical businesses. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Missouri - Columbia.
Before joining Symmetry Medical, Mr. Kunkel was the Vice President Finance & Administration and Member at EnergyLogic, LLC from February 2004 to March 2009. Mr. Kunkel came to EnergyLogic from General Electric, where he was a Finance Manager at GE Consumer & Industrial from April 2000 to February 2004. Mr. Kunkel started his career in January 1996 as a Financial Analyst for Ford Motor Company. Mr. Kunkel graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and received his MBA from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business.
Throughout her career, Ms. Davidson displayed a passion for leading teams and driving corporate strategy. While at Cardinal Health, she led the transformation of new hire orientation and leadership development into award-winning programs.
At Symmetry Surgical, she is a business partner with strong and strategic change management and leadership development skills. She leads the Human Resources team, and develops human resource strategy, including talent development and diversity, recruitment and selection, performance management and rewards.
Ms. Davidson holds a Bachelor of Science in Management from Purdue University.
Prior to joining Symmetry Surgical in 2014, Mr. Milne served as Senior Vice President of Human Resources, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance officer at Symmetry Medical, Inc. from 2009 to 2014 [NYSE: SMA]. Mr. Milne also served as Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary to the Steak ‘n Shake Company [NYSE: SNS], where he managed the legal department, handled the company’s legal and regulatory issues, and served as chief compliance officer.
Mr. Milne began his career in Indianapolis-based firms Bose, McKinney & Evans and Scopelitis, Garvin, Light, Hanson & Feary. He received his Doctor of Jurisprudence and M.A. in English from Indiana University and a B.A. in English from Wabash College.
Prior to this role, Mr. Pascoe was the Director of Sales and Marketing at NISI Ltd., a Hong Kong-based robotic technology start-up organization where he created the global go-to-market strategy and business plan for the organizations’ key product launches. From 2015 to 2019, Mr. Pascoe was the General Manager at Olympus Asia Pacific where he developed and deployed the five-year strategic plan for the APAC region and grew revenue streams for country sales business centers and distributors. Mr. Pascoe also held sales and marketing leadership positions at Olympus Australia and New Zealand including Group Manager, Regional Sales Manager and Business Development Manager. He began his career in healthcare at AstraZeneca as a Hospital Specialist Representative and has a Master of Education from Australian Catholic University and Bachelor of Applied Science from Queensland University of Technology.
Prior to her role at Symmetry Surgical, Ms. Rao was a Product Engineer at Blackstone Medical and KMedic.
She began her career as a research assistant at Stryker and received her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Rutgers University.
Mr. Nethercutt has held leadership positions in several medical device organizations spanning diverse product portfolios. Prior to his time at Symmetry Surgical, Mr. Nethercutt was the Director of Regulatory Affairs and Senior Director of Regulatory and Quality Systems at Ambu from June 2012 through February 2019. He came to Ambu after leadership roles at LifeScan (a Johnson and Johnson Company) OBS Medical Inc. where he served as president and Chief Operating Officer, BioMet Inc., and Eli Lily and Company. Mr. Nethercutt began his career in clinical research at DePuy Orthopedics. He received his Master of Business Administration from University of Indianapolis and his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Manchester College in North Manchester, Indiana.
Prior to joining Symmetry Surgical in 2021, Mr. Preske spent 14 years at small-to-midsized medical device companies in various marketing, product management, and business development roles. He has successfully managed the introduction of many new and innovative technologies to the global marketplace. Mr. Preske started at the US subsidiary of MEDICREA International (now Medtronic), where he led all North American marketing and operational functions. He then progressed into leadership roles with Globus Medical, K2M Inc. (now Stryker spine), and Onkos Surgical.
Mr. Preske received his Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business from James Madison University and currently resides in Wayne, Pennsylvania.