Second Sight Medical Products announced the departure of Will McGuire, President and Chief Executive Officer, effective March 27, 2020, to pursue another professional opportunity located closer to his family. Mr. McGuire remains as a director on Second Sight’s board.
Effective March 27, 2020, Gregg Williams, the company’s Chairman of the Board, will assume the role of acting CEO. Reporting to Mr. Williams will be John T. Blake, Chief Financial Officer, and Pat Ryan, Chief Operating Officer. The board is initiating a search process in order to identify the future CEO.
“I have tremendous confidence in John’s and Pat’s abilities and I look forward to working together with them to lead the Second Sight team into this exciting new phase of our journey,” Mr. Williams said in a company news release.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Will for his many contributions to Second Sight over the past four and a half years as president and CEO, during which time he led the implementation of our strategy to focus on the development and advancement of our breakthrough Orion Visual Cortical Prosthesis System. I also look forward to his continued contributions as a board member. I believe that the 12-month results from the Orion Early Feasibility Study are extremely encouraging, and we continue to make great progress advancing this life-changing neuro-modulation technology, not only in pursuit of our quest to treat all forms of blindness, but eventually in many other fields using derivatives of the same basic core technologies and software,” Mr. Williams said
“It has been my honor to lead the incredibly talented team at Second Sight,” Mr. McGuire said in the news release. “I am extremely proud of the accomplishments we have achieved in the successful advancement of Second Sight’s breakthrough neuro-modulation technology, which has the potential to provide useful artificial vision to virtually all profoundly blind individuals. I remain excited for the opportunity to continue supporting the team in my role as a board member.”