Victor Previn was appointed a Director in 2001. A professional engineer and one of the original founders of the Company, Victor has spent more than 30 years in the ophthalmic industry. Victor held the position of Managing Director from 2003 to 2005. In 2005 he was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors. He is also a member of the Audit & Risk Committee, Remuneration Committee and Nomination Committee.
Tom Spurling held the position of CEO (formerly Ellex Medical Lasers, ASX:ELX) between 2011 and 2019 and was appointed an Executive Director in 2020. Tom has over 30 years’ experience in international business development across the ophthalmic, defense and commercial markets both in Australia and internationally and is well versed in the management of complex products in highly regulated markets. He previously served as Managing Director and General Manager of Tenix LADS Corporation and holds a Degree in Economics and is a chartered accountant.
Alex Sundich was appointed a non-executive Director in 2005. Alex is currently a Director of Bridge Street Capital Partners, a corporate advisory and principal investment firm. From 2002 to 2008, Alex was a senior Executive in the funds management industry. Prior to this, he was an investment banker with Goldman Sachs and CSFB, involved in mergers and acquisitions and capital raisings. Alex is currently the Chairman of Petrel Energy Limited and Cleveland Mining Industry. He is currently Chairman of the Audit & Risk Committee and Chairman of the Nomination Committee.
Rahmon Coupe was appointed an Independent Director in 2013. Mr Coupe is Chief Executive Officer and Director of YourAmigo Limited and has more than 30 years’ experience in corporate management, intellectual property (IP) management, contract negotiation, business development and engineering. He has worked across a diverse range of industries, including information technology and the internet, life sciences and public broadcasting and has held various project and engineering management roles for government research-based organisations, including the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO). Mr Coupe holds an Honours Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Adelaide and was awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in Technology and Emerging Industries for the Central Region of Australia in 2009. He is currently a member of the Remuneration Committee and the Audit & Risk Committee.
Mike Southard was appointed as an Executive Director in 2018 and completed his Executive role in December 2019. Mike Southard spent 26 years with the world’s largest ophthalmology company, Alcon Laboratories, as Vice President of the Global Surgical business. Prior to this, he was an Executive with Beecham Laboratories (now
SmithKline Beecham), and Cooper-Vision, which was acquired by Alcon Laboratories. Mike is currently actively involved in Ophthalmology, Dermatology and Orthopaedics through his consulting company and has vast experience in both the international and US markets. Mike holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Oregon State University, in Business, and also an Executive MBA degree from Stanford University.