Quest Diagnostics inks new commercial leader

Secaucus-based Quest Diagnostics announced Tuesday that Manuel O. Méndez has been named senior vice president and chief commercial officer.

The provider of diagnostic information services said the appointment will be effective Oct. 7.

“Manuel is a seasoned and dynamic leader with more than 25 years of experience in diagnostics and life sciences,” Jim Davis, executive vice president, General Diagnostics, said. “His deep understanding of health systems and other customer segments will enable us to build on Quest’s strong Commercial foundation.”

“We have been growing our revenues by taking advantage of being newly in-network with UnitedHealthcare, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey and Anthem Georgia, and Manuel is the right person to help inspire and lead our Commercial team,” Steve Rusckowski, chairman, CEO and president, said.

Prior to Quest, Méndez served as senior vice president, head of global operations and member of the executive committee at Qiagen N.V. Before that, he was the executive vice president, Americas, for bioMérieux. He’s also held a variety of sales, marketing and general management roles with Abbott Laboratories, Thermo Fisher Scientific and OraSure Technologies.