Eric Allyn is former Chairman of the Board of Directors of Welch Allyn, Inc, a company owned by the Allyn Family for 100 years. For four generations, Welch Allyn was a Medical Device manufacturer, employing some 2,800 people world-wide, and selling products into every hospital and physician office in the US. Welch Allyn was acquired by Hill-Rom, a larger public company, in 2015.
Eric Allyn began his Welch Allyn career as an employee in 1982, working in a variety of positions within the company, from sales, to marketing, to business development and country management. He left his role as employee in 2010 to join Welch Allyn’s Board of Directors, where he served as Chairman of the Board of Directors, and also Chairman of the family’s Voting Trust, through 2015.
Outside of Welch Allyn, Eric serves on the Board of Directors of GOJO (makers of Purell), Pharma Tech Industries, Eagle Dream Health, and several smaller private companies. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of Auburn Community Hospital (past-Chairman), the Hospital Trustees of New York State (Chairman), The Gifford Foundation (Investment Committee Chairman), The Allyn Family Foundation (Investment Committee Chairman). He is a past board member at Hand-Held Products, Eagle Dream Health, NYS Business Council, Family Firm Institute (FFI), and Family Enterprise USA (FE-USA). In addition, he is an LP Advisor to Armory Square Ventures, and is Founder and Managing Partner of two private Investment Funds. He is a frequent speaker nationally and internationally on the topics of governance, family enterprises, and investment management.
Eric graduated from Dartmouth College, and earned his MBA from University of Virginia (Darden School). He lives in Skaneateles NY with his wife Meg O’Connell, and they have three wonderful adult daughters.