Tangent Medical Welcomes Jeff Williams as CEO: Ann Arbor-based Tangent Medical Technologies Inc., a development stage medical device company focused on next generation intravenous access systems, announced that Jeffrey S. Williams had joined the company as chairman and CEO. Williams was previously president and CEO of Accuri Cytometers, a life science instrument and clinical diagnostic company from January 2010 until its sale for $205 million in March 2011. While at Accuri, he oversaw revenue growth of 65 percent year-over-year, the development of a clinical system, and the achievement of positive cash flow. Prior to Accuri, Williams had been president & CEO of HandyLab Inc., a molecular diagnostic company, since 2004. At HandyLab, he led the growth and venture financing of the company, ultimately resulting in its sale for $275 million in November 2009. Previously, Williams was president & CEO of Genomic Solutions Inc., a life science products company he co-founded in 1997. He led Genomic Solutions through a period of rapid growth culminating in an IPO on Nasdaq in 2000 and merger with Harvard Biosciences Inc. in late 2002. Prior to Genomic Solutions, Mr. Williams held various executive and management level positions in several bioscience companies, including IRIS and Boehringer Mannheim. He has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Alma College and an MBA from The University of Michigan. In addition to Tangent, Mr. Williams is a member of several boards, including Life Magnetics, where he serves as Executive Chairman. Williams succeeds Hank Brown, founding investor and interim CEO since Tangent’s inception in July 2009. Brown will continue to serve on Tangent’s board. Tangent’s mission is to improve infusion therapy safety for patients and healthcare workers with its proprietary intravenous catheters and associated products. The company expects to begin generating commercial revenues from its lead product, the NovaCath peripheral IV system with integrated stabilization and blood containment, in 2012. More at www.tangentmedical.com.
Automotive Design Expert Mark Trostle to Head Roush Design Studio: Livonia-based Roush Inc. announced that industry veteran D. Mark Trostle will lead its automotive design team. With more than 40 years of experience in the automotive industry, Trostle will apply his expertise and wealth of hands-on involvement to Roush’s OEM studio projects, their Specialty Vehicle Group’s restoration, and future model programs for the Roush Performance group’s expansive line of high performance vehicles and vehicle components. Trostle’s background includes 35 years at ASC Inc. designing and developing specialty vehicle and products for the worldwide automotive, heavy truck, aircraft and marine industry, working extensively with domestic and global manufacturers. In addition to the extensive portfolio Trostle developed while at ASC, his projects have included design development for International Navistar Truck and design studio support for General Motors. Trostle also founded the American Speed Co., designing and developing personalized and specialty vehicles, including the renowned Speed33 Roadster. American Speed Co. will continue as a parts supplier for the renowned Speed33 Roadster. Roush, a full-service product development supplier, has over 2,300 employees in facilities located throughout North America. Widely recognized for providing engineering, testing, product development, and contract manufacturing services to the transportation industry, Roush also provides significant support to the consumer product, life science, and defense industries. Roush is a subsidiary of Roush Enterprises Inc., parent company of Roush Fenway Racing; Roush Performance, developer and manufacturer of performance vehicles and products for the automotive aftermarket; Roush CleanTech, developer and manufacturer of propane-powered trucks and vans for the fleet vehicle market; and Roush Life Sciences, developer and manufacturer of products for the healthcare and life science industries. For more information visit www.roush.com.
Dow Chemical Names Two Execs: Midland-based Dow Chemical Co. announced Thursday that Jim Fitterling, president of corporate development and hydrocarbons and corporate executive vice president, will assume executive oversight of the chemicals and energy division in addition to his current leadership role. Fitterling assumes this leadership role from Carol Williams, who has been named to lead manufacturing and engineering and appointed as an executive vice president of Dow. Williams replaces Mike Gambrell, executive vice president, manufacturing and engineering operations, who will relinquish his line responsibilities on Sept. 1 and retire from Dow at the end of this year.
Two Lighting Industry Veterans Join Relume: Oxford-based Relume Technologies, a manufacturer of light-emitting diode products and smart grid control systems for outdoor lighting applications, today announced that it had hired two industry veterans – Ron Hall and William W. Nelson – to augment its sales force. Hall will serve as Relume’s regional sales director in the southeastern states, reporting to Martin Woolard, vice president of sales. Hall joins Relume from Cree Inc., a manufacturer of LED components and lighting fixtures. In the six years he was at Cree, Hall served in a variety of capacities, most recently as the regional sales director of the components division. Throughout his time at Cree, Hall consistently exceeded sales goals, planned and established relationships with integrators and component suppliers to increase the speed of products to market; managed 62 manufacturing and component suppliers worldwide; and established and led the first inside sales team at the company. Previous positions include regional sales manager at JML Optical, a manufacturer of military and medical-grade custom optics and other sales and management positions in the optics industry. Nelson will serve as director of renovation sales east, reporting to Patric Gee, senior vice president of services. For the past three years, Nelson was the energy services manager at Acuity Brands Inc., where he developed relationships with multiple tier energy service companies and provided audit consulting, product support, incentive programs and lighting analysis while at the same time exceeding sales goals. Nelson is certified by the National Council on Qualifications for Lighting Professionals and is a Certified Lighting Professional by the Association of Energy Engineers. Relume products are used in municipal lighting, commercial signage, outdoor advertising, transportation and military applications. Relume is a founding member of the Michigan Solid State Lighting Association, and supports the organization’s mission of ensuring that Michigan is a global leader in solid-state lighting, research & development, and manufacturing.