Gwendolyn A. Watanabe is Corporate Vice President, Corporate Development, Strategy & Strategic Partnerships for Teleflex.
Gwen has led the Teleflex Corporate Development & Strategy team since 2013, specifically on strategic mergers & acquisitions. She also leads global strategic relationships for Teleflex. From July 2012 to July 2013, Gwen served as Vice President of the Hotspur line of business for Teleflex’s Cardiac Care Division.
Gwen joined Teleflex in July 2012 as a result of Teleflex’s acquisition of Hotspur Technologies, Inc. She served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Hotspur since 2009. Prior to this, she also served as a founding team member at Nellix Endovascular, Bacchus Vascular and AneuRx, all three of which were medical device start-up companies that were acquired. In addition, Gwen has been general partner of three venture funds and other private equity entities.
Gwen formerly served on the Board of Directors of Hotspur Technologies (acquired by Teleflex), NovaSom (still privately held) and Practice Fusion (acquired by Allscripts).
Gwen holds an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University in the Design Division with an emphasis on Biomechanical Design, as well as an MBA from Harvard Business School with a focus on Finance and Marketing. She also holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she simultaneously completed her pre-med requirements.
She is based in Wayne, PA, USA.