Stereotaxis has announced that William C Mills III has been appointed as chairman of its board of directors, effective immediately. Mills has considerable experience serving on the boards of growing companies in the medical technology and biotechnology fields. Mills replaces Fred A Middleton, who will remain on the board as an independent director.
Mills is currently an independent venture capitalist with over 30 years of experience in venture capital, and now serves as chairman of the board of managers of Ascension Health Ventures III. Since 1981, he has served in a partner role at Advent International, Ampersand Ventures, EGS Healthcare Capital Partners and The Venture Capital Fund of New England. Mills has been a member of the Stereotaxis board since June 2000 and has served as chairman of the company’s Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and the Strategy & Technology Committee.
Mills received his AB in Chemistry, cum laude, from Princeton University, his SM in Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his MS in Management from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.
“On behalf of the board, I would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to Fred for his over 20 years of service as chairman and his many invaluable contributions to Stereotaxis,” said Mills. “Fred has helped guide the company through various business cycles with prudence and with our long-term strategy in mind. We look forward to continuing to work with Fred and to his continued contributions.”
“My decision to step down as chairman of Stereotaxis will allow the company to recruit new experienced talent at the board leadership level. I plan to devote more time to activities which I believe can enhance shareholder value going forward,” said Middleton.
Stereotaxis also announced that Christopher D Alafi does not intend to stand for re-election at the company’s upcoming Annual Meeting of Stockholders in August 2012.
“I would also like to thank Chris on behalf of our board for his 12 years of service and insightful contributions during his tenure on the board,” concluded Mills.