NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Hologic this week announced a handful of executive appointments and the impending retirement of its CFO.

The firm said that it has named Eric Compton to the newly-established position of chief operating officer. He will be responsible for overseeing all of the firm's commercial operations in the US, and its global research and development, manufacturing, and service operations. Compton most recently served as worldwide president of Johnson & Johnson's Ortho Clinical Diagnostics business.

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