Responsible for company's growth plans

Iridex has appointed Ruediger Naumann-Etienne to its Board of Directors. Naumann-Etienne, 63, has been the owner and managing director of Intertec Group, an investment company specialising in the medical device field, since 1989. He has been the chairman of Cardiac Science (CSCX) since 2006.

From 2000 to 2005, Naumann-Etienne served as chairman of Quinton Cardiology Systems. From 2000 to 2003, he also served as chief executive officer of this company. Naumann-Etienne is also currently a director of Varian Medical Systems and Encision.

Theodore Boutacoff, president and CEO of Iridex, said: “Rudi brings to our Board 25 years of experience in growing medical device companies, beginning in the investment banking field with Hambrecht and Quist followed by CEO/president positions with Diasonics, OEC Medical Systems and Quinton Cardiology Systems.

“Rudi has also made contributions on a number of public company boards including Bio-Rad Laboratories (BIO), Varian Medical Systems (VAR), Encision (ECIA) and Laserscope (LSCP). We believe his medical device industry and operational experience will be valuable to Iridex and look forward to his contributions.”

Naumann-Etienne, said: “I have been following Iridex for many years and am looking forward to working with the Board and management to support the company’s growth plans.”