Mr. Dakers retired from Johnson & Johnson in December 2012 following a 33-year career. During that time he lived in Europe, the Middle East and the US and held increasing positions of responsibility in Sales, Marketing and Business Development. He was a member of the Global Management Boards of Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Cordis and Ortho Clinical Diagnostics and was the Global VP of Business Development and Strategic Planning for the $18B Medical Device and Diagnostics Group of Johnson & Johnson, where he led multiple public and private acquisitions. He was also a member of the investment committee for JJDC, the oldest and most successful corporate investment group in the MedTech industry.
Mr. Dakers joined West Health, a 501(C) 3 not for profit, in April 2013 as EVP of Business Development, Chief Strategy Officer and a co-manager of the West Health Investment Fund. As a result of work carried out at West Health, in June 2013 Richard was named the founding President of the Center for Medical Interoperability, a 501(C) 3 focused on delivering interoperability between regulated, in-hospital medical devices with a Board of Directors consisting of the CEOs of some the largest hospital groups and academic medical centers in the US. He retired from West Health and the Center for Medical Interoperability in July 2015.
Mr. Dakers attended Napier University in Edinburgh, Scotland and graduated with a BSc, with honors, in Science and Industrial Studies.