Accuray Announces New Board of Directors Chairperson
SUNNYVALE, Calif., April 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Accuray Incorporated (Nasdaq: ARAY), a global leader in the field of radiosurgery, announced today that Louis J. Lavigne, Jr. has been appointed Chairperson of the Company’s Board of Directors, effective April 8, 2010.
Lavigne will succeed Wayne Wu who is stepping down from service as Chairperson but will remain an integral member of Accuray’s Board of Directors, on which he has served since April 1998. Wu, who began working with Accuray in its earliest days as a venture capital investor, has served as Accuray’s Chairperson since May 2004. He guided the company through its initial public offering in February 2007 and into its current role as a leading publicly-traded medical device company.
“Lou brings decades of experience in public healthcare company management to the Chairperson role and is in a tremendous position to extend Accuray’s lead in the radiosurgery market,” said Wayne Wu, President of Pacific Health Investment, Inc., and outgoing Chairperson of Accuray’s Board of Directors. “With such a strong Board in place, I feel it’s a good time for me to pass the torch to Lou to leverage his expertise and track record in the healthcare industry to lead the company into the next chapter of its growth as a company.”
Lavigne, who currently is a management consultant specializing in the areas of corporate finance, accounting and strategy, has been a member of Accuray’s Board of Directors since September 2009 and most recently has been Chair of its Compensation Committee. Lavigne brings more than 25 years of industry experience to his new role as Chairperson, including leadership positions at Genentech Inc., which included Chief Financial Officer from 1988 and Executive Vice President from 1997 until his retirement in 2005. He serves on the Boards of Directors of Allergan, Inc. and BMC Software, Inc., where he also chairs the Audit Committee. Lavigne also sits on the Board of Trustees for Caltech (The California Institute of Technology) and in the past has been a Director and Audit Committee Chair at Arena Pharmaceuticals, Equinix, and Kyphon.
“Over the past six years Wayne has lead the company through major milestones and has spearheaded the establishment of a very strong Board of Directors with vast expertise in Accuray’s working environment,” said Lou Lavigne, Accuray’s incoming Chairperson. “I’m honored to take on the role of Chairperson and continue the legacy of success and leadership that Wayne has helped to build for Accuray and CyberKnife radiosurgery.”
Accuray Incorporated (Nasdaq: ARAY), based in Sunnyvale, Calif., is a global leader in the field of radiosurgery dedicated to providing an improved quality of life and a non-surgical treatment option for those diagnosed with cancer. Accuray develops and markets the CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System, which extends the benefits of radiosurgery to include extracranial tumors, including those in the spine, lung, prostate, liver and pancreas. To date, the CyberKnife System has been used to treat more than 80,000 patients worldwide and currently 190 Systems have been installed in leading hospitals in the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information, please visit www.accuray.com.
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