ONWARD Medical N.V., the medical technology company creating innovative therapies to restore movement, independence, and health in people with spinal cord injury, announced the appointment of Vivian Riefberg as a non-executive member of its Board of Directors. Ms. Riefberg will join the Board immediately and will serve on its Compensation Committee. Her appointment to the Board will be presented for shareholder approval at the next Annual General Meeting.

“Vivian Riefberg is a distinguished expert in health care, government, and strategy. I am excited and honored to welcome her to our Board”, said Dave Marver, Chief Executive Officer. “Vivian brings a rich understanding of the institutions with which we will collaborate to bring our novel therapies to market, including the U.S. Veterans Health Administration. Her experience and insights will be invaluable as we work to create an entirely new therapeutic domain in neuromodulation and help people with spinal cord injury and other movement disabilities.”

“ONWARD has the opportunity to build a very special enterprise that is both successful and impactful”, said Vivian Riefberg. “I have had the privilege to counsel many leading companies during my career. ONWARD has a chance to help people with spinal cord injury by leveraging groundbreaking science, technology, and intellectual property, fueled by a fullhearted mission.”

In 2020, Ms. Riefberg retired as a senior partner with McKinsey & Company, where she held a variety of senior positions, including leader of the Public Sector Practice for the Americas and co-leader of the U.S. Health Care practice. She served on McKinsey & Company’s global board of directors and on the committee evaluating and developing global partners. Ms. Riefberg is currently Professor of Practice at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business where she holds the David C. Walentas Jefferson Scholars Chair. At Darden, Ms. Riefberg focuses on healthcare, consulting, and strategy across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Her emphasis is senior executive leadership, including leading during times of uncertainty and crisis, solutions and innovations in healthcare, and women’s leadership. 

Ms. Riefberg serves on the Board of Signify Health, K Health and Lightrock, an impact investing firm, as well as of the Public Broadcasting System (PBS), Johns Hopkins Medicine, the Lorna Breen Heroes Foundation and the National Education Equity Lab.  She is also an advisory board member for the Smithsonian’s planned American Women’s History Museum. She previously served on the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center Board of Governors and on the NIH Advisory Board for Clinical Research.  She also served on the Board of Directors of the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), a nonprofit, created to mobilize efforts to solve the child obesity challenge as an outgrowth of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign.

Ms. Riefberg is a frequent speaker at various conferences including the World Economic Forum at Davos. She is also a contributor to leading industry publications on improving U.S. healthcare, addressing government productivity and women’s leadership.  

She holds a BA, magna cum laude in history from Harvard-Radcliffe College and an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School, according to ONWARD.

[Source: ONWARD]