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Navigating Ortho's Choppy Seas: An Interview with Zimmer's David Dvorak

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Since becoming CEO of orthopedics giant Zimmer two years ago, David Dvorak has faced a host of challenges unprecedented in this booming market, including a federal investigation into and settlement of questionable relationships with customers and the most severe economic crisis in 30 years. But Dvorak seems calm and confident as he looks ahead.

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