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Freedom Innovations’ Maynard Carkhuff Named President of COPA


Freedom Innovations has announced that its Chairman, Maynard Carkhuff, has been elected President of the California Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (COPA). Carkhuff’s appointment was voted upon and made official at COPA’s annual meeting held recently in San Diego. His presidency will take effect on January 1, 2020.

Carkhuff joined Freedom in 2005 with over 25 years of leadership in the pharmaceutical, dental and prosthetic industries. Former positions include Chairman & CEO of Freedom Innovations, President & CEO of Ossur Prosthetics and President & CEO of Flex-Foot. He also held senior executive positions with Allergan and Denar.

“It’s an honor to represent Freedom Innovations while stepping into this new leadership role alongside my industry colleagues at COPA,” said Carkhuff. “COPA does essential work promoting the art and science of Orthotics and Prosthetics to create and communicate innovative solutions for positive patient experiences – which dovetails perfectly with our own mission at Freedom. I look forward to the opportunity to contribute particularly in the areas of growing membership, ensuring patient access to appropriate care and strategic planning.”

COPA has a proven track record in legislation, association governance and membership responsiveness. Representing the field since 1970, COPA is an organization designed to bring the community of O&P together as one voice to strengthen and solidify the unique characteristics that typify O&P professionals today.

Freedom Innovations (www.freedom-innovations.com) develops world-class lower-limb solutions in close collaboration with amputees and prosthetists. These solutions encompass technological innovations, service, training, educational resources and consultative support to help provide people with physical challenges the ability to reach their full potential. Based in Irvine, California, Freedom’s lower extremity prosthetics are distributed around the world.

Media: Interviews and photos of Mr. Carkhuff are available upon request. Please contact Paul Williams at 310/569-0023 or via paul@medialinecommunications.com.

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