Kathryn Tunstall Appointed To STAAR Surgical Board Of Directors
Appointment Expands Board to Seven Members
MONROVIA, Calif., Jan. 30, 2014
MONROVIA, Calif., Jan. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --STAAR Surgical Company
(NASDAQ: STAA), a leading developer, manufacturer and marketer of implantable
lenses for the eye, today announced the appointment of Kathryn Tunstall to its
Board of Directors. Ms. Tunstall brings nearly 40 years of leadership
experience in the pharmaceutical and medical device industry, most recently
serving for the past 13 years as Chairman of Conceptus, Inc., a developer,
maker, and marketer of medical devices for women. In 2013 Conceptus was
acquired by Bayer AG for $1.1 billion. Her appointment expands the number of
directors to seven.
"Kathryn is an accomplished, well-respected, thought leader in the health care
industry with a proven track record of building shareholder value. Her
complementary background and passion for innovative medical technology makes
her an excellent addition to our board. Kathryn's own personal experience led
to her understanding of the value the Internet can bring to medical devices
and we look forward to adding this knowledge to our board," said Randy Meier,
Chairman of STAAR's Nominating Committee.
In addition to her position as Chairman of Conceptus, Ms. Tunstall served as
the company's first President and Chief Executive Officer from 1993-2000.
During her tenure with Conceptus, the company achieved a number of major
milestones, including an expedited FDA approval of the first non-surgical
female permanent contraceptive device and twice being recognized as one of
Silicon Valley's fastest growing companies.
"I'm very impressed with STAAR's competitive positioning, innovation, and
management's drive to successfully bring superior refractive technologies to
the worldwide market. In recent years the Company has made exceptional
progress and is on the verge of a very positive transformation. The increased
strength of the balance sheet and current operating leverage, as well as the
strong pipeline of new products, presents an exciting opportunity for the
Company to increase shareholder value," said Ms. Tunstall.
Prior to joining Conceptus in 2000, Ms. Tunstall served for seven years in
executive leadership roles with Baxter International, most recently as
President of the Company's Edwards Less Invasive Surgery Division. She also
spent more than 12 years in various marketing, finance and operational roles
with divisions of American Hospital Supply, including McGaw Laboratories, a
division that manufactured and sold medical equipment and disposable supplies.
She received her B.A. in Economics from the University of California- Santa
Ms. Tunstall's prior corporate governance experience includes both private and
public boards. She currently serves on the board of Auxogyn, Inc., a
venture-backed medical technology company focused on women's reproductive
health. Ms. Tunstall previously served as chairman of two private
development-stage companies she co-founded; Fair Advantage Inc., a
development-stage educational company and HopeLink Corporation, an information
solutions company for improving new product development efforts in the
bio-pharmaceutical industry by locating and enrolling patients in treatment
trials. Ms. Tunstall also served as a director, chair of the compensation
committee and the audit committee for Caliper Life Sciences, a publicly-traded
provider of leading-edge technologies enabling researchers to create medicines
and diagnostic tests more quickly and efficiently. Caliper was acquired by
PerkinElmer in 2011 for $600 million.
STAAR also announced today that Don M. Bailey, the Company's Chairman of the
Board since 2005, is turning over the chairman's role to Mark Logan in a
planned transition. "During the past few years, the management team at STAAR
has well executed on its plan to generate value for the Company's
shareholders.I'm very proud to have been a part of this progress, which now
presents an opportune time for me to transition from the Chair position while
still remaining a director," said Mr. Bailey.
Mr. Logan was appointed to the STAAR board in 2010 and serves as the Chair of
the Compensation Committee. He has 35 years of executive level experience in
the health care products industry and is currently co-founder and President
and CEO of TearSolutions, L.L.C. Mr. Logan also serves as a non-executive
Director at VIVUS, Inc., as a member of the board at the University of
Virginia Heart & Vascular Center, as a director of Public Policy Virginia,
Inc. and as a trustee of the Southern Environmental Law Center.
Mr. Logan served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of VISX, Inc. from
1994 to 2001. VISX was acquired by Advanced Medical Optics, and subsequently
by Abbott Laboratories in 2009. Prior to joining VISX, he was Chairman and CEO
of Insmed Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and served as a principal at McManus
Associates, a health care research and management firm, whose clients included
Merck, Bristol Myers Squibb and American Diabetes Association. Mr. Logan was
also Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and board member at
Bausch & Lomb. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Hiram
College. He was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at New York University and has a PMD
from Harvard University.
The search for Ms. Tunstall was conducted by Spencer Stuart, a worldwide
leader in director search and other board advisory services for more than 25
About STAAR Surgical
STAAR, which has been dedicated solely to ophthalmic surgery for over 25
years, designs, develops, manufactures and markets implantable lenses for the
eye and delivery systems therefor. All of these lenses are foldable, which
permits the surgeon to insert them through a small incision. STAAR's lens used
in refractive surgery as an alternative to LASIK is called an Implantable
Collamer® Lens or "ICL." A lens used to replace the natural lens after
cataract surgery is called an intraocular lens or "IOL." Over 400,000 Visian
ICLs have been implanted to date; to learn more about the ICL go to:
www.visianinfo.com. STAAR has approximately 300 full time employees and
markets lenses in over 60 countries. Headquartered in Monrovia, CA, it
manufactures in the following locations: Nidau, Switzerland; Aliso Viejo, CA;
and Monrovia, CA. For more information, please visit the Company's website at
All statements in this press release that are not statements of historical
fact are forward-looking statements, including statements about any of the
following: any projections of financial items; the potential future
performance of the company or prospects for achieving such potential future
performance; and statements regarding expectations for future success.
Important additional factors that could cause actual results to differ
materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements are set
forth in the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December
28, 2012, under the caption "Risk Factors," which is on file with the
Securities and Exchange Commission and available in the "Investor Information"
section of the company's website under the heading "SEC Filings."
These statements are based on expectations and assumptions as of the date of
this press release and are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, which
could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the
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