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November 13th, 2013

Pete Yonkman named Cook Medical president

Bloomington, Ind. – Kem Hawkins, president of Cook Group Incorporated, announced today that Pete Yonkman will lead Cook Group’s medical companies as president of Cook Medical. Hawkins will continue serving as president of Cook Group.

“Cook is an amazing company run by a family unlike any other in the world. It is an honor and incredibly humbling experience to have the opportunity to help continue the Cook story,” said Yonkman. “Our culture as a company is ideal for adapting to the rapid pace of change we see in healthcare today. As long as we maintain our values, tackling those challenges and pursuing the exciting new opportunities we see for helping patients will be a lot of fun for us all. I can’t wait to see where the future takes us.”

Pete_Yonkman_FinalwebYonkman, a 12-year veteran of the company, most recently served as executive vice president overseeing Cook Medical’s 10 strategic business units. He joined Cook in 2001 as corporate counsel and has held numerous positions within the company including vice president of Asian operations, chief legal officer, and president of Cook Urological.

After earning undergraduate degrees in psychology and philosophy at Indiana University in Bloomington, Yonkman also earned a law degree from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law.

Hawkins added, “Cook Medical has been blessed with success because we have always pursued what’s best for patients, employees and the communities where we work and live. As we move into the future, maintaining that same focus in the midst of a dynamic and challenging marketplace will be critical. Pete’s deep experience across all of our businesses, combined with his commitment to our patient-centered mission, will serve Cook and our patients extremely well.”

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