Halma announced on World Sight Day (10 October) that it has raised $200,000 (USD, £163,500) that will go towards providing sight-saving surgery to underserved communities in Ghana. The company, which owns Volk, Keeler, Medicel and MST, raised the money through its Gift of Sight campaign that launched on World Sight Day last year. Halma explained that the money will fund over 8000 eye surgeries through its non-governmental partner, the Himalayan Cataract Project in Ghana. Executive director at Halma, Adam Meyers, said: “We are honoured to support the Himalayan Cataract Project in its important work and are proud that Halma has enabled 8000 eye surgeries at surgical outreaches in Ghana this year.”
Halma plc, the FTSE 100 global group of life-saving technology companies, has appointed Laura Stoltenberg as Sector Chief Executive, Medical & Environmental, succeeding Adam Meyers. Laura joined Halma as Divisional Chief Executive, Medical & Environmental on January 1, 2019 from Medtronic where she was Vice President and General Manager for MDI Solutions at Medtronic Diabetes. Medical sciences and energy solutions expert Prior to Medtronic, Laura was Chief Commercial Officer at Exact Sciences Corporation, responsible for sales, marketing, market access and medical affairs. Earlier in her career she held escalating leadership roles at General Electric, including GE Healthcare Lunar, and drove several acquisitions for GE Healthcare. Laura brings strong experience and capability in delivering growth-oriented strategies, managing talent and capital allocation as well as a depth of M&A experience in the Medical sector. Adam Meyers will continue to support Laura and the Sector over the coming months to enable a smooth onboarding and transition process. Safety and health services firm Andrew Williams, Halma CEO, said: "I am delighted that Laura will succeed Adam Meyers as our next Sector Chief Executive for the Medical & Environmental business, and welcome her to the Executive Board.“ He adds, “Laura brings significant strategic and operational expertise and has demonstrated a strong alignment to Halma’s DNA and unique operating model. I am extremely grateful for Adam’s ongoing support in developing Laura and our DCEs, which continues his approach of putting Halma’s success as his first priority.”
A Halma delegation of medical and environmental innovation experts and a number of high-level executives including Halma executive board members Inken Braunschmidt, Chief Innovation and Digital Officer, and Adam Meyers, Chief Executive, Medical and Environmental sector, recently concluded a visit to Israel to meet with potential new partners. This trip demonstrates Halma’s commitment to partnering with the innovation capability within Israel to solve health and environmental problems on a global scale. Our longstanding partner OurCrowd, Israel’s most active venture investor, collaborated with us in organising and leveraging this visit. Reach Of A Global Business Israel is the perfect place to look for partnership opportunities for Halma" Inken Braunschmidt, Chief Innovation and Digital Officer at Halma, commented: “Israel is the perfect place to look for partnership opportunities for Halma because even though we are a member of the FTSE100 index of the largest UK companies, each of our 40+ businesses are autonomous, entrepreneurial and agile – so we are very much start-up in spirit but with the infrastructure and reach of a global business.” “We were warmly welcomed by our Israeli counterparts – which is indicative of our experience of working with startups and the opportunities that Israeli businesses see through our large, established customer base and distribution channels.” Optical Sensor Technology Allen Kamer, Managing Partner, OurCrowd’s Qure Ventures said: “Prior to the delegation arriving, OurCrowd’s business development team evaluated potential companies across the Israeli startup ecosystem. Within the digital health sector, Qure, Israel’s first dedicated digital health fund, partnered to identify and select both portfolio companies and other relevant businesses with products and technologies aligned with Halma’s focus areas of interest.” The trip to Israel was used to further develop and build on existing relationships The trip to Israel was used to further develop and build on existing relationships, particularly in Tel Aviv’s strong start-up sector. The Halma team had 80 meetings with key decision makers of 20 startups ranging from producers of optical sensor technology and process-based AI to telehealth and optometry tools. Seebo, which uses process-based industrial AI to integrate production workflows and IT data into machine learning, and VocalZoom, a start-up enabling voice control and voice authentication, are amongst the start-ups that already have an existing relationship with Halma. Customer-Supplier Relationships These newly established partnerships will develop an even more innovative and cutting-edge approach to Halma’s vision and mission, whilst simultaneously symbolising the Israeli commitment to a safer, cleaner, healthier world. The very productive meetings resulted in 50 potential collaboration projects, concepts for several pilots, a potential partnership and the objective to explore customer-supplier relationships. These outcomes highlight a strong commitment to Israel and likewise the appeal of Halma’s commercial power and agile non-bureaucratic organisation to startups. Eitan Cohen, Co-founder, CEO of TechSee commented: "It was a well-organized, productive meeting giving us access to the decision makers in the business. It provided an opportunity for real learning of the business problems, and the opportunities to help Halma solve for those challenges. It was a friendly and open environment." Equally, both Sensorex and SunTech saw immediate value in TechSee’s technology to solve customer service challenges and identified follow-up actions.”
Wednesday 7th February, Halma held a dinner for analysts and institutional investors at the Andaz Hotel in London. Andrew Williams, Halma’s Chief Executive, began by introducing Halma’s Executive Board members including Marc Ronchetti, who will become Halma’s CFO upon Kevin Thompson’s retirement later this year, and Inken Braunschmidt, who became Halma’s Chief Innovation and Digital Officer in July 2017. Agility Of The Businesses Andrew then gave a brief summary of Halma’s evolution over the past 45 years, highlighting the agility of the businesses as markets and technologies have changed while maintaining a consistent financial model and strategic framework. Halma’s purpose is “Growing a safer, cleaner, healthier future for everyone, every day”. This means that our collective efforts are concentrated on making a transformational impact on people’s lives in each of our three key areas of focus: safety, healthcare and the environment. This helps us to attract new talent, acquisitions and strategic partners. Scope For Scalability The Executive Board has been streamlined to reduce the number of Sector CEOs from four to twoIn recent years, Halma has encouraged greater collaboration between its businesses supported by the addition of small, expert teams focused on talent, international expansion and, most recently, innovation. Halma can unlock additional value for shareholders and fulfil our purpose more fully, by leveraging the collective capabilities while retaining our culture and organizational model. To facilitate this, the Executive Board has been streamlined to reduce the number of Sector CEOs from four to two, with Paul Simmons responsible for the two Safety sectors and Adam Meyers leading the Medical and Environmental sectors. This will allow greater visibility of, and direct interaction between, the Executive Board and the operating company Chairmen while still providing scope for scalability of our organization. Digital Growth Potential Inken Braunschmidt, Halma’s Chief Innovation & Digital Officer, then gave a brief summary of her early impressions of Halma and its digital growth potential. These include identifying the additional opportunities arising from digital connectivity, which enable the convergence of technical and market capabilities of different Halma companies with each other and with external partners. No trading information was given during the meeting. Halma’s next trading update is scheduled for 22nd March, 2018.