Al Perry, president and chief operating officer of Gentiva Health Services (Melville, New York), will leave the company on Tuesday, after 12 years of service. A 33-year veteran of the home healthcare and managed care industries, Perry has had overall operating responsibility for Gentiva's two business segments – Home Healthcare Services and CareCentrix ancillary care benefit management services – since he became president and COO in 2002. He joined Gentiva's predecessor company as vice president, business development in 1994 and later held separate positions leading Gentiva's home nursing operations and CareCentrix.

Kathryn Kehoe has joined Langer (Deer Park, New York) as a senior vice president, operations and strategy. Kehoe has served as senior vice president, human resources for NovaCare and an operating executive and officer of a subsidiary employee services company. She most recently owned and managed a consulting firm. Langer, together with its wholly owned subsidiary Silipos, manufactures medical products targeting the orthopedic, orthotic and prosthetic markets. In addition, the company offers a line of skincare products for the medical and therapeutic markets.

Louis Drapeau has been appointed senior vice president, finance and CFO for Nektar Therapeutics (San Carlos, California). Most recently, Drapeau held the position of senior vice president and CFO of BioMarin Pharmaceutical. Ajay Bansal has resigned as CFO, but will assist the new CFO during the transition period. Nektar Therapeutics enables high-value, differentiated therapeutics with its drug delivery technologies, expertise and manufacturing capabilities.

Gregg Dearhammer has been named to the newly created position of vice president, biometrics for Kendle International (Cincinnati), a global clinical research organization. Dearhammer will lead Kendle's new global biometrics operating unit, which provides clinical data management, biostatistics and scientific programming services on a stand-alone basis and as part of Phase II-IV clinical development contracts for customers worldwide. Dearhammer joined Kendle in 1996, serving most recently as project group leader responsible for biometrics services in North and Latin America.

Janet Lankard has been appointed vice president of sales and technology collaborations for VisEn Medical (Woburn, Massachusetts), a newly created position to commercialize the company's Fluorescence Molecular Tomography system and optical imaging probe portfolio. Prior to joining VisEn, Lankard was vice president of sales and technical support for Quantum Dot.

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