SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov 14, 2007 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- Align Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: ALGN) today announced) that company veteran Len Hedge has been promoted to senior vice president, business operations. Mr. Hedge will focus on the design and implementation of core business processes and cross-functional collaboration to support the Company's long-term goals and strategic initiatives. Since 1999 Mr. Hedge has helped create Align's world-class manufacturing technology and processes, first as vice president of manufacturing and most recently as vice president of operations.
"Outstanding execution has been the hallmark of Len's tenure at Align," said Thomas M. Prescott, president and chief executive officer. "His successful track record and detailed knowledge of our business make Len the ideal choice to help me accelerate progress in redesigning global business processes and cross-functional collaboration that Align will need as we continue to grow and achieve our long-term objectives."
Emory Wright will replace Mr. Hedge as vice president of operations and join Align's executive management committee. Mr. Wright has been with the Company since early 2000, predominantly in manufacturing and operations roles. Previously, he served as vice president of manufacturing reporting directly to Mr. Hedge, and most recently was general manager of new product development.
"Any time we promote a talented individual from within the Company it speaks to the overall strength of our team," said Mr. Prescott. "Emory is a proven performer for Align and brings a wealth of product and market knowledge to his new leadership role."
Mr. Wright will assume responsibility for all manufacturing and operations in Santa Clara, Juarez, and Costa Rica.
About Align Technology, Inc.
Align Technology designs, manufactures and markets Invisalign, a proprietary method for treating malocclusion, or the misalignment of teeth. Invisalign corrects malocclusion using a series of clear, nearly invisible, removable appliances that gently move teeth to a desired final position. Because it does not rely on the use of metal or ceramic brackets and wires, Invisalign significantly reduces the aesthetic and other limitations associated with braces. Invisalign is appropriate for treating adults and older teens. Align Technology was founded in March 1997 and received FDA clearance to market Invisalign in 1998.
To learn more about Invisalign or to find a certified Invisalign doctor in your area, please visit www.invisalign.com or call 1-800-INVISIBLE.
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