Leadership

Sterling Industries has been providing high quality medical device and component manufacturing for over 40 years. As our reputation and success has grown, we’ve continued to invest in our people; building a leadership team of industry veterans, an innovative group of engineers and technologists, as well as a devoted and disciplined manufacturing and assembly workforce.

David Van Slingerland

CEO

David assumed the role of CEO in 2007 and has architected the company’s strategic direction, leading Sterling Industries through transformative growth. He brings over 30 years of executive experience, with deep expertise in change management and growing organizations through innovative technology and human capital. At Sterling, he has introduced an agile manufacturing model, built an industry-savvy leadership team, and is responsible for driving customer-focused end-to-end solutions. He has built a leadership team with deep industry knowledge. Prior to Sterling Industries, David held a variety of executive positions with Manulife Financial and Shoppers Drug Mart.

John Pleskina

General Manager, Canadian Operations

John is the General Manager of our two Toronto facilities, responsible for manufacturing operations. John has over 25 years manufacturing experience in a variety of leadership roles, most recently as VP of Manufacturing at Southmedic Inc.  John was previously the Director of Operations for Scapa Healthcare where he was responsible for the effective operation of sites in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K.  A graduate of the University of Waterloo, John served over 14 years with the Royal Canadian Navy. 

Erik Humes

General Manager, U.S. Operations

Erik is the General Manager for the Kalamazoo, MI facility with 20 years of experience in manufacturing for the defense, automotive, and medical industries. He is responsible for the development of operational strategic plans while ensuring the strategy, growth, and profitability objectives are met. He has leadership experience across manufacturing, operations, engineering, quality assurance, and business development. Erik is a certified six sigma green belt and holds a degree in Industrial and Entrepreneurial Engineering from Western Michigan University.

Rom Koubi

Director, Engineered Solutions

Rom is a multidisciplinary leader at Sterling, in charge of our engineering and R&D efforts, responsible for new solutions and tooling, and working closely with clients to execute their product goals. He has extensive experience across a variety of manufacturing and automation disciplines. Among his past positions, he was previously Vice President of Engineering at Sidac Automated Systems. Rom holds degrees in computer engineering and project management, including the PMP designation. 

Jeff Henry

Controller

Jeff is an accountant with over 10 years experience; he is responsible for overseeing the finance department at Sterling Industries. Jeff is an experienced financial professional in the fields of controlling and accounting; he holds a CPA, CGA designation as well as a BA in Economics and a Graduate Diploma in Accounting. Prior to his time at Sterling Industries, Jeff worked in both the elevator industry and private lending.

Ronitt Katz

Director, Business Development

Ronitt is a sales and business development executive with 25 years experience, and is responsible for Sterling’s global business development.  Ronitt has an extensive background in the high tech industry, having worked for IBM and several software companies, from start-ups to industry leaders. She has vast experience in partnering with Fortune 100 organizations, early stage corporations, and everything in between.

Jason Kneen

Quality Manager, U.S.

Jason is Quality Manager for our Kalamazoo facility. An expert in FDA and ISO compliance as well as quality systems, he brings deep knowledge of design controls, risk management, NC/CAPA and change control. Prior to joining Sterling, Jason was Sr. Manager of Global Quality Systems at Orchid Orthopedic Solutions; he also spent 16 years at Stryker in various R&D, quality and M&A roles. Jason holds a degree in mechanical engineering as well as an MSc in Biomedical Engineering from Cornell University.

Libni Cano

Quality Manager, Canada

Libni is our Toronto operations’ Quality Manager, responsible for quality and regulatory. She has over 14 years of experience in medical device quality management systems, with expertise in FDA and Health Canada regulations as well as electronic QMS implemenation. Libni is a BSI-certified Lead Auditor for ISO 13485:2016.; she is also ASQ certified with CQE and CMQ designations, and holds a BSc in Industrial and Systems Engineering.

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