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STAAR Surgical Appoints Charles Slacik To Its Board Of Directors
Date:9/13/2012

MONROVIA, Calif., Sept. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- STAAR Surgical Company (Nasdaq: STAA), a leading developer, manufacturer and marketer of minimally invasive ophthalmic products, today announced that its Board of Directors has elected Charles Slacik, CPA, 58, to the Board. Mr. Slacik has over 30 years of executive level experience in the health care industry, serving most recently as the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Beckman Coulter Inc. His appointment brings the number of directors on the STAAR Surgical Board to seven. Mr. Slacik will join the Board's Audit Committee.

"Charlie Slacik brings a significant amount of senior executive experience in finance, administration and operations from varied healthcare, pharmaceuticals, medical devices and consumer products companies," said Don Bailey, Chairman of the Board of STAAR Surgical. "STAAR Surgical and its shareholders should benefit from his wealth of knowledge. His appointment is a part of a planned transition as the current chairman of the Audit Committee, Don Duffy, has advised the Board he intends to retire at the end of his current term in May, 2013 after holding the position for 10 years. We expect our audit function to remain seamless with Charlie joining the committee. We are excited to have Charlie join our Board and we look forward to his contributions."

Mr. Slacik served at Beckman Coulter Inc. from October 2006 until June 2011 when Danaher bought Beckman Coulter for $6.8 billion. Under his financial stewardship Beckman Coulter sales in 2010 were approximately $3.2 billion, a 15% increase over 2009. The company is a leading provider of diagnostic systems that simplify, automate and innovate complex biomedical testing. Mr. Slacik retired at the time of the acquisition and currently serves as a Director of the Board and Member of the Audit Committee at Sequenom, Inc. S
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