DentalEZ Group, a supplier of innovative products and services for dental health professionals worldwide, announced today that Gordon W. Hagler will retire from his position as President and COO on July 3, 2014 following almost a decade of service with the company.
“We are extremely grateful for all of Gordon’s substantial contributions and leadership not only within our organization but to the dental industry as a whole,” remarked Jeffrey E. Perelman, CEO of DentalEZ Group. “Gordon has been an essential part of DentalEZ‘s success, and he can look back on an impressive career spanning over 47 years within the dental arena. We wish Gordon the very best in his retirement; he will be greatly missed.”
Hagler has had a distinguished career in the dental industry. Prior to joining DentalEZ in 2005, he was Vice President of Digital Imaging & Strategic Relations for PracticeWorks/Kodak Dental Systems, which acquired Trophy Dental in 2003. Hagler was the President of Trophy at the time of acquisition.
Additionally, Hagler was an active member of the American Dental Trade Association (ADTA), and served on the Board of the Dental Trade Alliance (DTA) as well as the Industrial Advisory Board of the Center for Research and Education in Technology Evaluation (CRETE).
Remarked Hagler, “DentalEZ is an outstanding company and I am very proud of the job we, as a team, have done. I appreciate all the support I have received since my retirement announcement, and I have much confidence that Vickie (Waitsman) and, subsequently our new President, will continue to uphold DentalEZ as an industry leader and a company that I am proud to say that I was a part of.”
Following Hagler’s official retirement on July 3, 2014, Vickie Waitsman will step in as Interim President for DentalEZ Group until a permanent successor is found. Waitsman has been Vice President and General Counsel of DentalEZ Group for over 20 years. She is actively involved with oral health causes and currently serves on the boards of directors of Oral Health America, the Academy of Dentistry International Foundation, and Kids Smiles.
She is a past Chairman of the Dental Trade Alliance and served on that board as well as the board of its predecessor, the Dental Manufacturer's Association, and the board of the Dental Trade Alliance Foundation. In 2012, she was honored in Dental Products Report as one of the “Top Twenty Five Women in Dentistry” for her outstanding leadership in the dental community.
Remarked Perelman, “Vickie is a trusted leader and advocate within the dental community and has been a guiding force and much respected part of the DentalEZ family for many years. I have no doubt that this transition of leadership will be seamless for our customers, suppliers, and employees.”