Marti Benjamin has been named vice president of client services at Alere Medical (San Francisco, California), an operator of Internet-based medical monitoring systems that connect care managers and patients with chronic diseases such as heart failure.

Dr. Ahmed Al Zaini has been named area director for the Middle East and Africa for CardioTech (Woburn, Massachusetts). Previously, Al Zaini held senior management positions with St. Jude Medical, Cordis, and Telectronics Rhythm Management.

Roy Robertson has been named vice president of business development at Endovasc (Montgomery, Texas). He will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of John (Jay) Charles.

Thomas Linnemeier, MD, has been named vice president and chief medical officer of Guidant's (Indianapolis, Indiana) Vascular Intervention Group (Santa Clara, California). Linnemeier most recently served as director of the cardiac catheterization laboratories at St. Vincent Hospital & Health Services and as chief of interventional cardiology at Northside Cardiology in Indianapolis since 1988. He has also held the title of clinical assistant professor of medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine since 1984. In addition to his responsibilities at Guidant, Linnemeier will both teach and perform coronary interventions as a clinical professor of cardiology at Stanford University. Guidant earlier had hired Donald Schwarten, MD, as vice president and chief medical director of its Cardiac & Vascular Surgery Group (Menlo Park, California). Schwarten is directing the company's clinical training programs related to its Ancure System for minimally invasive treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysms.

David Gill has resigned as chief operating officer and chief financial officer of Novoste (Norcross, Georgia), a developer of vascula brachytherapy systems for the reduction of restenosis.

Dee Simons has been promoted to associate vice president of payment and policy at the Health Industry Manufacturers Association (HIMA; Washington). Most recently Simons developed HIMA's small business program and before that served in the association's department of technology and regulatory affairs.

Dr. Peter Charalambous has been named director of marketing and sales for the Cardiopulmonary Systems Group of Meridian Medical Technologies (Columbia, Maryland), developer of the Prime ECG electrocardiac mapping system. Charalambous previously was director of sales, North America, at Applied Imaging.

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