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Beckman Coulter has named Betty Woods non-executive chairman, the company said last week.

Woods, who is an 11-year veteran of the Beckman Coulter board, will succeed retiring executive chairman John Wareham. Woods is former president and CEO of Premera Blue Cross, and CEO of Premera, its holding company. She has been a member of the Beckman Coulter board since 1994. She is currently chair of the organization and compensation committee, Beckman said.

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