Moss, Norway, and Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA — June 12, 2013 — Handicare AS, headquartered in Moss, Norway, has announced the promotion of Hans Sigvardsson to president of Handicare USA, a leading provider of complete safe patient handling solutions.
Sigvardsson previously served as President of Romedic, a Handicare company, and Sr. Vice President of Sales, North America, for Handicare USA. In his new role, Sigvardsson assumes an expanded executive leadership role and will be responsible for all aspects of the company’s day-to-day business within the United States. Sigvardsson is located at the company’s U.S. headquarters in Allentown, Penn.
Prior to joining Romedic in 2008, Sigvardsson held a number of executive positions in the patient handling industry. He was previously the vice president of sales for the industrial automation company AEG Modicon.
According to Hardy Brännström, Senior Vice President of Patient Handling, Handicare AS, “I am pleased to promote Hans Sigvardsson to this key executive position, especially in light of his broad experience in the major industry segments we serve. We are strongly focused on North American healthcare and Hans is well qualified to spearhead our plans to further penetrate this market. I have worked closely with Hans in several capacities since 1995, and under his leadership we have experienced consistent growth in demand for our various product lines.”
Said Sigvardsson, “Handicare’s recent performance has been a very bright spot in a highly competitive market and I look forward to reinforcing the company’s position as a product innovator with a reputation for outstanding customer service. We are well positioned to assume leadership roles in safe patient handling and improved patient outcomes, both of which are areas of strategic concern for healthcare administrators. The next decade in healthcare will see enormous changes designed to improve patient mobility, particularly as the number of elderly and obese patients continue to rise. We intend to be at the forefront of companies responding to those changes.”
About Handicare AS
Handicare AS was founded in 1986 and supplies safe handling and mobility solutions for hospital patients, elderly residents, and physically disabled individuals. Its products include wheelchairs, patient lifts and related safe patient mobility equipment, bathroom safety products, and personal transfer and automobile adaptation solutions. Handicare also markets home care products including a comprehensive line of stairlifts which are distributed across the country through authorized local dealers.
Handicare products are distributed through a comprehensive network of professional dealers and distributors in 30 countries around the world. The company has subsidiaries in Sweden, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, England, Belgium, France, the USA, and Canada. For more information, visit the Handicare website at http://www.handicare.com.
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