Optovue announced the retirement of renowned industry veteran John Hawley, the company’s senior vice president of global sales. Mr. Hawley will retire on July 1, 2018, and remain with Optovue in an advisory role.
“For the past 10 years, I have worked side-by-side with John as we built Optovue from a fledgling start-up to the global company we are today,” Jay Wei, founder and chief executive officer of Optovue, said in a company news release. “As a result of his guidance and expertise in the ocular industry, Optovue has developed a world-class commercialization organization and a diverse portfolio of OCT products. He is a trusted colleague, and I feel honored to count him among my close friends.”
Mr. Hawley joined Optovue in 2008 as the company was just beginning its entry into the ophthalmic and optometric OCT markets as the vice president of business development. Within 6 months, he was also heading up the U.S. organization. As the company introduced its OCTA technology to markets outside the United States, Mr. Hawley was promoted to senior vice president of global sales in 2016.
“I am thankful for the opportunities that Optovue has given me during my tenure and proud of the organization we have built together,” said Mr. Hawley. “I may be retiring from day-to-day operations; however, I will remain involved in an advisory role, and I look forward to the company’s continued success and growth.”
In a prestigious career spanning more than 35 years in ophthalmic diagnostic instrumentation, service, sales, marketing and strategic planning, Mr. Hawley also held executive and sales management positions at Heidelberg Engineering, INTERZEAG, BioRad and Cilco. Prior to this, Mr. Hawley was a member of the Royal Australian Navy.