Robert Weiss, executive vice president and CFO of specialty healthcare products manufacturer The Cooper Companies (Lake Forest, California), has been named executive vice president and chief operating officer. Steven Neil, formerly CFO of Ocular Sciences, which Cooper acquired this month, was named vice president and CFO. Carol Kaufman, vice president of legal affairs, secretary and chief administrative officer, was promoted to senior vice president. Gene Midlock, a former executive with KPMG, has been named vice president of tax. In addition, Gregory Fryling, formerly chief operating officer of CooperVision, the company's contact lens unit, was named president and COO of CooperVision. Paul Remmell, formerly chief operating officer of the company's CooperSurgical unit, was named president and COO of CooperSurgical, a manufacturer of diagnostic products, surgical instruments and accessories to the women's healthcare market.

Joel White has been promoted to vice president of process integration for Global Dosimetry Solutions (GDS; Irvine, California), a provider of personal radiation monitoring solutions. He joined GDS in 1996, and has served in a number of critical technical roles.

Illumina (San Diego) named William Rastetter, PhD, non-executive chairman of the board and promoted John Stuelpnagel to the newly created position of chief operating officer. Rastetter continues full-time as the executive chairman of Biogen IDEC. Stuelpnagel is a founder of Illumina, which is developing tools for the large-scale analysis of genetic variation and function. The company's BeadArray technology en-ables researchers to perform billions of tests to extract information from advances in genomics and proteomics.