patterson_Eric_ShirleyPatterson Companies, St Paul, Minn, announced that Eric Shirley will join the company as president of the dental business, effective February 4, 2019.

According to a press release from Patterson, Shirley comes to the position with more than 26 years of dental industry experience in various leadership roles. Most recently, he served as the chief commercial officer at Midmark, where he drove revenue and operating improvements within Midmark’s dental, medical, and animal health divisions. Prior to Midmark, Shirley held leadership positions at Dentsply Preventive Care and Dentsply Professional as well as various roles at several other dental manufacturers. He also is a past chairman of the Dental Trade Alliance, and is involved in several philanthropic organizations, including TeamSmile, Oral Health America, and the Dental Lifeline Network.

Shirley holds a Master of Business Administration from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Long Beach State University.