Slangen Retires from Invacare

EVP and Chief Products Officer retires after 27 years with global DME manufacture.

Wrapping 27 years with Invacare Corp., executive vice president and Chief Product Officer Lou Slangen will retire from the DME manufacturer at the end of this month.

Slangen is credited by Invacare’s leadership as being a “driving force” behind many of the company’s branding, marketing, product and business milestones. 

“Lou has always been a staunch advocate for the voice of the customer and spent much of his time engaging with customers,” said Mal Mixon, Chairman of Invacare’s Board of Directors.  “He has been an incredible partner in the development and success of Invacare and its brand since he joined our team in 1987. He also was a visionary in the development of new products ensuring that we focused on the needs of the consumers and our customers worldwide. Lou bleeds Invacare blue and I want to thank him for everything that he has done for Invacare.”

“Lou’s passion and creativity have been an important part of the Invacare leadership team,” added Gerald Blouch, Invacare president and Chief Executive Officer. “During his years of service, he has been an incredible advocate for the homecare industry and the difference it can make in people’s lives. We wish him all the best in his next chapter.”

John Remmers, senior vice president of Global Supply Chain and Operations, will assume responsibility for Invacare’s North America commercial operations. Remmers joined Invacare in 2010 and has since expanded his responsibilities to include global engineering and commercial operations for China and Top End.

Remmers’s background includes his prior role as executive vice president and general manager at TTI Floor Care where he was responsible for select business units, product marketing, engineering, operations and supply chain. Prior to that, he held multiple executive level positions over 13 years at Robert Bosch Tool Corp.

“The diversity and strength of John Remmer’s professional experience have led him to continue to expand his leadership responsibilities at Invacare,” Blouch said. “He has developed a passion for the home and long-term care markets that we serve, and we believe he is the right person with the right skills and experience to lead Invacare’s North American businesses.”

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