• Barbara McAleer has been appointed vice president of quality and regulatory affairs at Cholestech (Hayward, California). McAleer formerly was vice president of quality assurance for Lifescan. Cholestech offers diagnostic testing for cholesterol and related lipids, blood glucose and glycemic control, and liver function at the point of care.
• John Walker, chairman of the board for Guava Technologies (Hayward, California), has been named the company's interim CEO. He replaces Rajen Dalal, Guava's previous president and CEO, who has resigned from the company. Guava's products combine instrument platforms with a variety of assays and software modules to provide integrated systems for cellular analysis.
• Hank Super has been appointed vice president of business development for Inion (Tampere, Finland). Most recently, Super was marketing and sales manager at PURAC Biochem. Inion is a developer of biodegradable medical implants.
• Robert Briggs, CFO of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals (Oakland, California), said he is leaving the organization. Kathy Lancaster, senior vice president for strategic planning, will serve as interim CFO during a search for a replacement. Kaiser Permanente serves 8.2 million members in nine states and the District of Columbia.
• T V America (Danvers, Massachusetts) has expanded its West Coast Product Safety Services Group. Alfred "Sandy" Mikalow, a safety engineer and founder of his own company, was named product safety engineer for Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho and Montana, focusing on field evaluations and testing services for machinery and semiconductor manufacturers. Mikalow will work from his office outside of Portland, Oregon. Richard Karlinski was named product safety services lab technician for the western U.S., to focus on product safety testing at the San Diego lab. Karlinski's experience is in analysis, troubleshooting and strategic plan formulation. T V America's Product Service Division is a testing/certification organization providing CE-marking assistance, mechanical/electrical product safety, electromagnetic compatibility, field evaluations and performs Notified Body services for a variety of EU directives.
Alfred Lechner Jr. has joined Tyco International (Pembroke, Bermuda) as vice president and chief counsel for litigation. Lechner previously was a partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. Lechner replaces Gardner Courson, appointed general counsel of Tyco Fire & Security and remaining a vice president and deputy general counsel of Tyco International. Tyco International provides products and services to customers in five business segments: Fire & Security, Electronics, Healthcare, Engineered Products & Services, and Plastics & Adhesives.
Marc Miller has been promoted to vice president of Universal Health Services (King of Prussia, Pennsylvania), responsible for operations at the Eastern region acute-care hospitals. Miller most recently was division vice president, acute care, Eastern region. Universal Health Service operates acute-care and behavioral health hospitals, ambulatory and radiation centers nationwide, in Puerto Rico and France.