PLEASANTON, CA - The Cooper Cos. Inc., parent of CooperVision, announced that its board of directors has named Albert G. White III as its president and CEO.

The appointment is effective May 1. White will succeed Robert S. Weiss, who will retire as president and CEO on April 30 and then act in an advisory capacity until Dec. 31. White has held several senior management roles in the company (NYSE:COO), including executive vice president, chief financial officer, chief strategy officer and CEO of Cooper Medical Inc., the holding company for CooperSurgical.

Commenting on the transition, A. Thomas Bender, chairman of the board, said, "On behalf of the Board, we thank Bob for his leadership and accomplishments for the last 40 plus years, and in particular his stewardship of Cooper over the last 10 plus years as CEO."

Of White, he said, "We are all highly confident in Al’s ability to lead Cooper’s growth and he has the full support of the Board of Directors."

Cooper operates through two business units: CooperVision, which makes soft contact lenses, and CooperSurgical, whose products and services focus on women’s health, fertility and diagnostics.

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