Santa Ana, Calif.-based Tenacore, LLC, announces that it has named Jake Keck as its new vice president of engineering and service operations. In this role, Keck will lead the company’s operations and quality teams in the implementation of a new service operating model and quality management system. He will also serve as a member of the Tenacore executive leadership team, reporting to CEO James Willett.
Keck’s team is responsible for daily service and repair operations, in addition to the quality function. Moreover, his team will be leading the company’s transition to a new service operations management platform, enabling Tenacore to reengineer current service and repair processes and transform service line capabilities. “Jake is an outstanding addition to the Tenacore team, bringing a diverse base of experience in medical product design and operations leadership that will enable Tenacore to broaden and strengthen core service and repair capabilities,” says Willett.
He is the final addition to the new senior management team recruited to Tenacore to grow its focus in the service and repair of healthcare technology. Other senior leadership team members include Barbara Bitzer, CFO; Brandon Anaya, vice president of sales and marketing; and Willett, the new CEO for Tenacore as of February 2020.
Keck most recently served as senior director of research and development with Vyaire Medical. There, he was responsible for new product development and design control of capital equipment. He has also served as director of operations for Spectranetics (now Philips) Specialty & Drug Coated Catheters, where he led an operations team of more than 60 people for the launch of the company’s drug-coated catheter. At Spectranetics, Keck was responsible for launch planning, pipeline fill, capacity, resource, and contingency planning. He also held multiple research and development roles with Medtronic and Covidien.
Keck says he’s particularly excited about his new position at Tenacore. “I am excited to join the leadership team and lead the operations and quality organizations as we expand the company into a leading force in the medical equipment service depot market,” he adds. “This role provides an opportunity to apply a range of engineering and quality practices that are commonplace in the OEM market and make certain they are part of our standard operating practices at Tenacore. We want to ensure we are delivering for our customers and the patients they serve each day.”