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Sysmex: Ralph Taylor, Andy Hay

Ralph Taylor, CEO of diagnostics company Sysmex America, will retire effective September 30. He will be replaced by Andy Hay, currently the company's chief operating officer. 

Hay has been with Sysmex for 32 years and took over as chief operating officer in 2018. During his time with Sysmex, Hay has led key commercial operations areas including sales, marketing, R&D, training, and operations for Sysmex America. 

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