Jorge Saavedra, MD, was named chief of global affairs for the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (Los Angeles). Most recently, Saavedra was the general director of CENSIDA, Mexico's National Center for the Prevention and Control of HIV/AIDS. AIDS Healthcare Foundation is a non-profit HIV/AIDS organization.

Patrick Cobb, MD, a community-based oncologist in Billings, Montana, has been elected president of the Community Oncology Alliance (COA; Washington), a national advocacy group for cancer patients and professionals. Cobb previously was the COA's vice president.

Mark Billings has joined Impact Medical Solutions' (Huntington Beach, California) board of directors. Billings is a founding partner at Atwater Financial Group, as well as president/CEO of Orex Exploration. Impact Medical Solutions specializes in research and commercial development of healthcare information systems and technology.

Josefina Carbonell was named senior VP of long-term care at Independent Living Systems (ILS; Miami). In August 2001, Carbonell was appointed Assistant Secretary for Aging at the United States Department of Health and Human Services, a position she held for more than seven years. ILS is a management services company focused on introducing managed care to populations with chronic care and other special care needs.

Charles Struby, PhD, was named president/CEO of IVAX Diagnostics (Miami). Most recently, Struby was senior director of business development of The Medicines Company. IVAX Diagnostics makes diagnostic reagents, instrumentation, and software.

Qiagen (Venlo, the Netherlands) said that Stephane Perrey, PhD, was named president of its Japanese subsidiary, Qiagen KK (Tokyo). Perrey joined the company from Third Wave/Hologic Japan and previously held various positions in the Japanese in vitro diagnostic industry, especially in infectious diseases segments.

Mary Schapiro was named chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (Washington). Chairman Schapiro previously was CEO of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. In addition, Andrew Vollmer was named acting general counsel of the SEC. Vollmer succeeds Brian Cartwright, who left the agency to return to the private sector. Vollmer joined the SEC staff in 2006 to become the agency's deputy general counsel.

Frank DiLazzaro was named president of Europe, Middle East and Africa for Systagenix Wound Management (London). DiLazzaro has a track record in wound care, having played a role in the transformation of the negative pressure wound therapy business at Kinetic Concepts. Systagenix Wound Management specializes in wound therapy products.

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