Q&A WITH JONATHAN CHAPMAN
Change is inevitable; growth is optional. In this period of global change and uncertainty, we are absolutely ecstatic to welcome Jonathan Chapman as our new President and CEO and are looking forward to growing through his leadership.
Mr. Chapman joins PTS Diagnostics with 20+ years of management experience in the medical device industry. His track record of mergers and acquisitions, post-acquisition integration, global product launches, market identification, and strategic positioning will be invaluable in the continued evolution of our organization.
We caught up with him during the move from chilly Minnesota to The Crossroads of America.
Q: What excites you about PTS Diagnostics and do you have a message for the employees?
A: I’m absolutely honored to join the PTS Diagnostics family. This organization has a storied history within the healthcare industry as a provider of accurate, accessible, and affordable point-of-care solutions. Together, we will continue our legacy of positively impacting patients and providers across the globe.
To employees – There’s no question that the past few weeks have been very difficult for everyone as the world continues to tackle the challenges presented by COVID-19. I want to extend my personal thanks to each of you for your commitment to our business, our customers, and your work responsibilities during these challenging times.
Now more than ever, it remains critical for PTS Diagnostics to continue to deliver on its mission of improving chronic disease management through point-of-care delivery. We provide important products and services to thousands of healthcare professionals across the globe who are experiencing extreme challenges. This underlines the importance of the responsibilities that we all collectively share.
We do important work and it is impressive to witness the great spirit of creativity and teamwork. Being ever vigilant to safety, let’s continue every day to bring that energy to overcome the challenges we face in our business!
Q: What is your professional background?
A: I grew up mostly in England and stayed in the U.K. for college, law school, and the early part of my career as a corporate finance lawyer. In 2000, I moved to an in-house legal position as General Counsel of a London-based medical device company and one of the businesses that they acquired was based in Minnesota and focused on multi-patient blood glucose monitoring.
In 2002, a new CEO was appointed and in order to support him better, I was eventually transferred to Edina, Minnesota on what was initially supposed to be an 18-month assignment. Through a series of events, the business ended up being sold to a Japanese company called ARKRAY, and in 2007 I moved out of my legal role and was appointed as President where I stayed until joining the PTS Diagnostics family.
Q: What was it about PTS Diagnostics that intrigued you?
A: Truthfully, the more that I learned about PTS Diagnostics, specifically the business and the culture, the more intrigued I became. The real tipping point was meeting with Chairman Li and experiencing firsthand his amazing passion and steadfast belief in the future of this business – a belief that I quickly came to share.
Sinocare and PTS Diagnostics are mission-led companies based upon a sincere commitment to customers, employees, and other stakeholders to improve the quality of life of those living with chronic conditions. This commitment resonates with my personal passion for working in this industry, which is the real and tangible difference that we can make in people’s lives. I am very much looking forward to engraining myself in this culture.
Q: What are your hobbies or things you like to do outside work?
A: I’ve been married to my wife Emma for 21 years and we are absolutely blessed to have two teenaged children, Ned (15) and Cate (14). As such, our personal lives typically revolve around their numerous activities and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
My son plays baseball, sails, and alpine ski races, while my daughter dances and alpine ski races. Emma and I enjoy helping with ski school and find it very rewarding to teach children who are putting on skies for the first time.
As you can probably tell by the previous answer, the Minnesotan winters have forced us all to embrace the cold as we also love snowshoeing and winter hikes across the frozen lakes with our dog, Lewis. In the summers, I enjoy open water swimming and have participated in a race in Lake Superior for the last 5 years.
We also enjoy great restaurants and theatre, so both Emma and I are excited to explore the many options that Indianapolis has to offer… recommendations are welcomed!
Q: What is one fun fact that people would enjoy knowing about you?
A: As an undergraduate I majored in Archeology and Prehistory, meaning that I spent quite a few summers exploring and digging up ancient relics. One summer I worked for three months in the militarized zone between Israel and Jordon surveying early bronze age settlements.
Q: What is your favorite…
- Sports team – Minnesota Twins and Bedford Rugby Club
- Movie – Fargo (“You should see the other guy.”), or anything starring James Bond
- Music – I love an eclectic mix of music, as does my wife; although she draws the line at my extensive collection of British punk music.
- Country or City to Visit – Traveling is a passion of mine and I’ve had the opportunity to visit many countries. Last year, we took a family vacation to Seville, Spain. It is a very beautiful city and the countryside and villages surrounding it were fun to explore.
In the U.S. there are so many amazing places and we feel as though we have only scratched the surface. I always enjoy visiting Chicago whether on business or as a family. Washington DC is somewhere else I never tire of with the incredible museums and monuments.
Q: Do you have any parting thoughts that you’d like to leave everyone with?
A: I’d like to reiterate how happy and thankful that I am to be a member of the PTS Diagnostics family. It’s my steadfast belief that our broad capabilities, world-class leadership team, and committed people will lead us to an extortionary future.