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Charles Slacik, David Hadfield, Caroline Kovac

Charles Slacik will join Beckman Coulter as senior vice president and CFO, effective Oct. 23. He joins the firm from Watson Pharmaceuticals, where he currently serves as executive vice president and CFO. Previous to working at Watson, Slacik was senior vice president and CFO of medical device manufacturer CR Bard.
 

 
InforSense has hired David Hadfield, formerly senior vice president and general manager at Spotfire, as chief operating officer. Hadfield will also join InforSense's board of directors.
 
Hadfield has held senior executive roles in a number of other firms, including vice president of sales and marketing at Molecular Devices, vice president of marketing and business development at Oxford GlycoSciences, and several management positions at Applied Biosystems.
 

 
Caroline Kovac has joined Burrill & Company as managing director. Kovac joins after retiring from IBM, where she led the company’s global healthcare and life sciences business. At Burrill, she will develop investment strategies for “leading edge technologies that are contributing to the transformation of medicine and healthcare,” the company said. These include personalized medicine, the use of IT in healthcare, stem cell research, medical devices and diagnostics, and bionanotechnology. Kovac will also work as part of the Burrill International Group to build the company's life science focus on emerging economies, such as China, India, Malaysia, and the Middle East.
 
Kovac worked at IBM for more than 20 years, and held a number of executive management positions, including vice president at IBM Research, where she helped launch the Computational Biology Center and the Blue Gene supercomputer project.

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