Gary Bowers has been named president, Merge Healthcare North America, a division of Merge Technologies, of West Allis, Wis., a developer of imaging systems and software that does business as Merge Healthcare.
Bowers will take over the duties of managing company sales and business development efforts in the U.S. and Canada from Merge President and chief executive officer Kenneth Rardin. Bowers will report to Rardin.
Merge Technologies was roiled in 2006 by the resignations of its founder, Bill Mortimore, and its former president and CEO, Richard Linden, and was the target of a handful of stockholder lawsuits in the wake of an internal investigation and its need to revise several of its previously issued financial statements.
Bowers has a long history of working under Rardin at healthcare information technology companies.
Rardin arrived at Merge in September 2006 after leaving IT developer Park City Solutions, where he had served as chairman and chief executive officer from late 2004 to early 2006.
Bowers was senior vice president, product technology, for Park City Solutions, and was a general partner of Rardin Capital Management, a technology and financial consulting investment firm Rardin led as managing partner.
According to news accounts, Bowers also served in several executive positions at IMNET Systems, a healthcare IT company Rardin founded and sold to McKesson Corp. in 1998.