PerkinElmer Inc. announced that its board of directors has appointed the company's President and CEO, Robert Friel, to the additional role of chairman of the board. The announcement comes in conjunction with the company's annual shareholders meeting held in April. Friel's appointment is part of PerkinElmer's 2007 leadership succession plan designed to support the company's growth strategy and provide strong leadership continuity. Friel succeeds Gregory Summe, chairman since 1999, who didn't stand for re-election.
Friel joined PerkinElmer in 1999 as chief financial officer and was appointed vice chairman and president of the company's Life and Analytical Sciences business in 2006. In 2007, he was appointed president and chief operating officer. He succeeded Summe as CEO in 2008.