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Alimera CEO to Retire; New Chief Named

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(PRESS RELEASE) ATLANTA – Alimera Sciences Inc., a company focused on prescription ophthalmic pharmaceuticals, has appointed Rick Eiswirth as CEO, effective Jan. 2.

Eiswirth will also retain his title of president and join Alimera’s board of directors. Alimera co-founder Dan Myers will retire as CEO, effective Jan. 2, and will serve as non-executive chairman of the board and consultant to the company.

“Dan has piloted the company to significant growth and success during his tenure and we thank him for his strong leadership,” said James Largent, current chairman of the board, who will become lead independent director. “The Board and I have the utmost confidence in the leadership of Rick Eiswirth as he assumes the role of CEO. Rick is a veteran of the company and has served as President for three years and CFO since 2005. His outstanding performance in these roles indicates the company is in excellent hands.”

Myers said, “It has been a great honor to have co-founded and led this company over the last 15 years, and I am extremely proud of the value we have created together for patients and customers. I want to thank each of our employees and our partners for their ongoing commitment to helping people with diabetic macular edema and other diseases of the back of the eye. This is the right time for me personally, and for the company, to transition to the next generation of leadership. Rick is the right person for the role.”

Eiswirth said, “I am incredibly excited to assume this new role and am grateful to Dan for his guidance and his confidence in providing me with increased leadership roles here at Alimera. We have a creative, talented team in place that is focused on seeking growth opportunities and maximizing the value of our ILUVIEN asset. The opportunity that lies ahead for Alimera is significant, and the ability to lead this next chapter is both humbling and incredibly energizing.”

As part of the executive transition plan, Largent will step down as chairman of the board and become lead independent director. Largent has served on the company’s board of directors since 2011 and as chairman since 2015.

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Phil Jones, current vice president of finance, will be promoted to the role of chief financial officer. Jones joined Alimera in 2015 as the corporate controller and was promoted to vice president of finance in 2016.

Dave Holland, currently senior vice president, sales and marketing U.S., will assume the titles of chief marketing officer and senior vice president, corporate communications and managed markets. Holland co-founded the company with Myers in 2003 and has been with Alimera in various roles since that time.

Philip Ashman, currently senior vice president, managing director Europe, will add the oversight of operations, including quality assurance, manufacturing and logistics, to his role, and assume the titles of chief operating officer and senior vice president, commercial operations Europe. Ashman joined the Company in 2013 as managing director of Europe.

“The growth of Alimera in the future will require great teamwork,” Eiswirth added. “Dave, Philip and Phil have all made valuable contributions to drive Alimera to where it is today, and I am excited for their new responsibilities as the team starts a new chapter for the Company.”

Also as part of the executive transition plan, Ken Green, currently senior vice president, chief scientific officer and global head of research and development, has announced his retirement to be effective March 31, 2019. Green will continue as a consultant to the company.

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VSP Global Names Board Chairman

He has served on VSP Global’s board since 2010.

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(PRESS RELEASE) RANCHO CORDOVA, CA — The board of directors at VSP Global has named Gordon Jennings, OD, as chairman of the board for a two-year term. Jennings previously served as the vice chairman. He has been in private practice in Wytheville, VA, for more than 30 years, and has served on VSP Global’s board since 2010.

“We are pleased to have Gordon lead the VSP Global Board of Directors,” said outgoing board Chairman Daniel L. Mannen, OD, FAAO. “As VSP Global continues to create value for members and opportunities for VSP network doctors, Gordon will help provide the strategic guidance needed to ensure that we are best meeting the needs of our key stakeholders, including doctors, clients and members.”

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“I am honored to serve as the chairman of the board,” said Jennings. “As a practicing independent doctor of optometry, I believe the future of private practice is bright with many new opportunities available to us. I look forward to guiding and supporting VSP Global efforts that will help strengthen our profession.”

Jennings received his bachelor’s degree from Roanoke College and his doctor of optometry degree from Southern College of Optometry. He routinely pursues continuing education to remain at the forefront of the latest and most advanced treatment techniques and technologies. He has received numerous awards for his service to the profession including the American Optometric Association’s Optometric Recognition Award for his dedication and commitment to the importance of continuing education and lifelong learning. He is also a recipient of SECO International’s Optometrist of the South Award as well as the Distinguished Achievement Award and Optometrist of the Year Award from the Virginia Optometric Association.

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RevolutionEHR Names VP of Operations

He was previously the director of product management.

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(PRESS RELEASE) MADISON, WI — Rev360 has named Corey Crawford as its vice president of operations for RevolutionEHR.

Crawford was previously the director of product management. In his new role he’ll bring a wealth of industry experience to oversee a fusion of software solutions designed to meet the specific needs of the eyecare professionals who use the product.

Crawford has worked in product management for such household names as AOL, MapQuest and Gogo (in-flight internet), along with a track record of delivering enterprise cloud-based solutions in healthcare and other industries. His experience across many different platforms positions him to oversee the progression of RevolutionEHR’s software.

“My goal is to synthesize everything into a comprehensive user experience, starting from the time a customer first looks at our product, to purchasing it, to implementing it, to using it, to mastering it — all of those are important milestones in the customer’s eyes,” said Crawford. “Pulling it all together into a cohesive experience for the customer is something I enjoy doing and have had a lot of success with.”

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“Corey has a tremendous understanding of software SaaS and technology platforms and an ability to transform that into real-world impact to our customers,” said Scott Filion, Rev360’s new CEO. “He also has the great skill of taking complex problems and distilling them down to the most basic common denominator to determine the quickest solution. We’re committed to delivering efficiency and effectiveness to our customers, and that’s why Corey’s going to lead the operations side of RevolutionEHR. He’s a doer.”

Crawford is an instrument-rated private pilot and is also a military veteran, having spent six years in the Air National Guard working on F-16 fighter jets as a Weapons Technician during the Iraq conflict.

Of his new role at RevolutionEHR, Crawford said, “It’s a great opportunity: The customers are awesome, the product is awesome, and yet there are many opportunities to make it better.”

Crawford can be reached ccrawford@rev-360.com

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Santinelli International Names Sales Consultant

He has been an associate and member of the client services team for the past 13 years.

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(PRESS RELEASE) HAUPPAUGE, NY – Santinelli International announces that Chris Sharkey has been promoted to sales consultant for the NY – Long Island Sound Territory, covering Nassau, Suffolk, Queens, the Bronx and Westchester Counties.

Sharkey has been a Santinelli associate and member of the client services team for the past 13 years.

Sharkey’s knowledge of Santinelli’s product line will be a valuable asset to its existing customer base as well as new prospects. Sharkey’s friendly, consultative approach will refresh Santinelli’s presence in one of its most important territories, its NY-Long Island backyard. Sharkey will be backed by Santinelli’s home office, located in Hauppauge, where the company hosts its technical service team, in-house repair center and much of its executive team.

“We are very excited about Chris’ addition to our sales team,” said Gerard Santinelli, president and CEO. “Chris is eager to take this valuable territory to the next level and is excited for the opportunity to represent Santinelli International and provide the best in-office finishing solutions in the industry. With Chris’ understanding of the industry and our products, the connectivity to our valued customer’s within this territory will be better than ever.”

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