George recently served as the CEO of Access Dental with locations in California, Texas & Alabama. AD was a wholly owned subsidiary of Guardian Life Insurance Company of America. In this role he was responsible for leading and managing the day to day business operations and departments for Access Dental while leading key strategic initiatives to rapidly grow Guardian’s dental business in the US. George joined Guardian in March 2016 and led the rapid expansion of Access Dental as they acquired locations outside the California market.
George lead the successful exit of the business in late 2018 when the company was acquired by Western Dental, one of the largest DSO’s in the country.
George has over 30 years of experience in healthcare leading both medical device and provider service companies specifically in ophthalmology prior to joining AD. He was CEO of TLC Laser Vision Centers and successfully led the organization through a period of significant growth in the North American LASIK industry which had experienced double-digit declines. This lead to the successful sale of the company to private equity ownership which was the goal of the Board of Directors of TLC.
George also was Division VP of Global Sales & Marketing for Abbott Medical Optics located in Irvine, Ca. prior to joining TLC. In this role he led all commercial operations for AMO globally for the cataract/refractive surgical businesses and contact lens and vision care product portfolios. Prior to Abbott George was a senior executive at Alcon.
George received his BS from Arizona State University, was a member of the National Political Science Honor Society and attended Harvard’s Executive PMD program.