Becton Dickinson disclosed during its fiscal fourth quarter and full-year earnings call several changes to its executive leadership.

Tom Polen has been promoted to the role of group president for the Medical Surgical Systems and Preanalytical-Pharmaceutical Systems business units. Polen had most recently served as president of Diagnostic Systems and before that, president of Preanalytical Systems.

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