Second Sight Medical Products announced that the Board of Directors has appointed Gregg Williams as Chairman of the Board, effective immediately. Mr. Williams, a current member of the Board of Directors of Second Sight and the company’s largest shareholder succeeds Robert “Bob” Greenberg, PhD, who has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors since August 2015 and who remains a member of the board.
“It has been my pleasure to work alongside Bob in his role as Chairman and we appreciate his contributions in this leadership position as we have advanced Second Sight’s mission of treating all forms of blindness,” stated Will McGuire, President and CEO of Second Sight.
“As a valued member of our Board of Directors, Gregg provides thoughtful leadership, extensive business expertise and a focus on commercial success to the Second Sight team. I look forward to continuing to work closely with Gregg and other members of the Board as we execute our commercial and R&D strategies to deliver innovative technologies for the blind that build shareholder value,” added Mr. McGuire.
“Over the last several years, under the leadership of Will McGuire, the company has built a talented and deep team that has successfully transitioned Second Sight from a predominantly R&D focused organization to a fully capable commercial operation. The team’s demonstrated achievements in growing the number of worldwide Argus II Retinal Prosthesis Systems, continued advancement and clinical testing of next generation Argus II technology aimed at treating better vision individuals, and now the highly encouraging initial clinical results of the potentially revolutionary Orion Cortical Visual Prosthesis System, provides me with great conviction that Second Sight is on the right path. I am confident that through our efforts to deliver products that potentially can treat nearly all forms of blindness, we will build and deliver strong long-term value to our shareholders. I look forward to continuing to work with the rest of the board, Will, and his management team to accelerate our progress towards full commercial success,” said Mr. Williams.
Mr. Williams, Second Sight’s largest shareholder, joined Second Sight’s Board of Directors in June 2009. Mr. Williams has served as the as the Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Williams International Corporation since April 2005. He also serves as a Director of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.