Align Technology Inc, San Jose, Calif, announced the retirement of General Counsel Roger E. George, effective at the end of August 2019.

In his role as senior vice president, chief legal and regulatory officer, George was responsible for all aspects of Align Technology’s legal affairs including transactional, securities, governance, intellectual property, real estate, and employment matters.

“On behalf of Align’s board of directors, management team, and employees around the world, I want to thank Roger for 17 years of dedicated service,” said Joe Hogan, Align CEO. “Roger was instrumental in building Align’s legal and regulatory functions from the ground up, including our extensive intellectual property and patent portfolio. He has played a central role in many corporate events and transactions with significant legal implications, during periods of uncertainty as the company pioneered the clear aligner market and established the Invisalign system, as well as during periods of rapid growth and expansion globally. Roger’s insights, business acumen and devotion to our customers and employees have always been constant and we wish him the very best in his retirement.”

Julie Coletti, Align vice president and associate general counsel, strategic commercial affairs, has assumed George’s responsibilities and will work with him to ensure a smooth transition, according to a press release from the company.

Coletti joined Align in May 2018 and is responsible for Align’s strategic commercial initiatives. Prior to Align, Coletti was vice president, global general counsel and chief compliance officer for Danaher’s dental platform business with responsibility for a global team of more than 50 legal, intellectual property, compliance, trade and environmental health and safety professionals.

“I’m very pleased to have Julie join our executive team,” continued Hogan. “She is an experienced executive, general counsel and chief compliance officer with a proven track record of building business focused teams that deliver results. Her strong background in the medical technology, dental, and healthcare industries will further strengthen our world class legal and regulatory capabilities.”