Rickman to serve as executive chair; Becker promoted to interim chief financial officer
Rockley Photonics Holdings Limited (NYSE: RKLY), a global medical technology company focused on delivering leading edge silicon photonics-based biosensing solutions by targeting a portfolio of biomarkers, today announced changes to its senior management team. These changes are intended to position the Company for its next phase of growth.
Effective immediately, Richard A. Meier has been appointed president and chief executive officer, and will join the board of directors. Dr. Andrew Rickman has resigned as chief executive officer and will take on the role of executive chairman of Rockley. Chad Becker will assume the role of interim chief financial officer.
The Company also announced that Dr. Caroline Brown is stepping down from the board to pursue other business interests. Dr. Brown served as chair of the audit committee of the board and a member of the nominating and corporate governance committee. The board has appointed Dr. Nicolaus Henke to the audit committee to fill the vacancy resulting from Dr. Brown’s departure. Brian Blaser will serve as the chair of the audit committee.
“I want to thank Andrew for the commitment and leadership he demonstrated during his nine years as CEO of Rockley. His insight and support will continue to be important to the success of the Company. I also want to thank Caroline for her contribution to the board,” said Richard A. Meier, president and chief executive officer. “I look forward to advancing our strategic vision, focusing on our three key priorities and positioning the company to capitalize on the opportunities that are ahead of us.”
Rockley will retain an executive search firm and commence a formal search for a permanent chief financial officer.
About Rockley Photonics
Formed in 2013, Rockley is a global medical technology company focused on delivering leading edge silicon photonics-based biosensing solutions that target a portfolio of biomarkers. Rockley's ground-breaking end-to-end biosensing platform unlocks unique spectra-based biomarkers enabling insights into personal health and well-being. With next-generation biosensing platforms specifically designed for mobile health monitoring, Rockley is laying the foundation for a new generation of biomedical applications across multiple industries.
To learn more about Rockley, visit rockleyphotonics.com.
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