Harry Hixson has retired from his position as CEO of Sequenom, effective beginning at the company's annual meeting in June. He will continue to serve as chairman of the company's board of directors. William Welch, currently president and COO will assume the role of CEO upon his retirement. Welch joined the company in 2011 as senior vice president of diagnostics.

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