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The Cooper Companies (Pleasanton California/Lake Forest, California), a manufacturer of specialty healthcare products through its CooperVision and CooperSurgical units, yesterday reported that its board has elected Robert Weiss as its CEO, succeeding A. Thomas Bender, effective Nov. 1, the beginning of FY09 for the company.

Weiss has been a member of Cooper’s board and has also held a number of senior management roles in the company including, most recently, executive VP and COO.

Bender said that he and Weiss have been working together at Cooper since 1992 “and over the past two years we have collaborated closely while he served as executive vice president and chief operating officer. As Bob assumes his new duties, we will continue to work together for the successful development of the company’s vision and women’s healthcare businesses.”

Weiss said, “I look forward to realizing the benefits of our three-year program integrating the Ocular Sciences acquisition, moving forward with new contact lens products and continuing the development of our women’s healthcare business.”

Weiss, with the company since 1977, has served as the company’s executive VP, COO and CFO. In April 2007, he became president of CooperVision, the company’s contact lens unit. He is also a director and chair of the audit committee of Accuray (Sunnyvale, California), developer of a robotic radiosurgery system.

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