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TLC appoints Neal as CEO

April 18, 2012

TLC Laser Eye Centers announced it has appointed George Neal to the position of chief executive officer.

Neal joins TLC with more than 25 years of experience in the ophthalmic industry. Most recently, he served as division vice president, Global Sales and International Marketing, with Santa Ana, Calif.-based Abbott Medical Optics.

Prior to Abbott, he was vice president of Corporate Development for Eyeonics; he also held positions with Alcon Labs, Inc., Allergan Optical and Procter & Gamble Co.

Neal’s position returns him to the St. Louis area where he once served as president and chief operating officer of Catalina Health Resource.

 

“George is the ideal person to lead TLC as we look to invest in the business and take advantage of the multiple growth opportunities we see on the horizon,” said Tim Palmer, managing director of Charlesbank Capital Partners and a member of TLC’s board of directors. “The current management team has made extraordinary strides during a challenging economic environment to position the company for such growth. We are excited about TLC’s future.”

TLC is widely recognized in the ophthalmic industry for its unique business model that focuses on building and maintaining a network of surgeons and referring optometrists. TLC currently has 55 LASIK centers and supports more than 300 eye surgeons and 5,300 optometrists.

Peter Flynn , TLC Vision’s chief financial and chief administrative officer commented, “We have made a number of recent investments in the company to further our strategic growth plans and to solidify our position as the premium provider of refractive surgical services. I know that George is the right person at the right time to help steer TLC into a bright future.”

“I firmly believe that the best days are ahead for TLC,” said Neal. “I am excited at the prospect of leading the company and continuing to set the standard for refractive eye care services. I’m also confident TLC will lead the industry as the provider of choice for refractive technologies, premium IOL’s and cataract solutions.”

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