Meredith Mathews, MD, was named senior VP of Blue Shield of California (San Francisco). Most recently, he was chief medical officer for DaVita VillageHealth. Blue Shield of California is a not-for-profit health plan.

• Compugen (Tel Aviv, Israel) reported the appointment of Anat Cohen-Dayag, PhD, and Martin Gerstel as co-CEOs. Cohen-Dayag joined Compugen in 2002, and most recently was VP of R&D. Gerstel joined Compugen in 1997 as chairman of the board, and served in that role until January of this year when he was appointed president and CEO. Compugen is a drug and diagnostic product candidate discovery company.

Tony Remington has been named VP of U.S. sales for Endoscopic Technologies (San Ramon, California), a provider of cardiac surgery devices. Most recently, Remington was VP of sales at Ekos, a venture capital-funded start-up company in the peripheral vascular field. Prior to Ekos, he was regional manager at Guidant Cardiac Surgery, regional manager at Medtronic Urology and VP of sales at LeMaitre Vascular.

Joachim de Jong was named operations manager for Europe for HealthLink Europe (Tilburg, the Netherlands). The company says that Joachim's past successes include managing order to cash and logistics projects for a prominent multinational medical corporation, which resulted in a number of company success stories. HealthLink Europe is a medical device distribution company.

• LCA-Vision (Cincinnati) reported that David Thomas has been promoted to COO from senior VP of operations, and Rhonda Sebastian has rejoined the company as senior VP of Human Resources. Sebastian most recently was VP of organization & management development at SENCORP. LCA-Vision is a provider of laser vision correction services under the LasikPlus brand.

Alan Arroyo was promoted to VP of global sales and marketing for Nextrials (San Ramon, California). Arroyo had previously been a senior director of business development. Nextrials provides clinical research software and services.