San Diego – (July 22, 2013) Paul Laikind, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer of ViaCyte Incorporated and chair of the CONNECT Foundation Board of Directors confirmed today that Duane Roth, Chief Executive Officer of CONNECT, was injured in a solo bicycle accident on Sunday. He was taken to UCSD Medical Center where he is currently undergoing treatment.
To ensure that CONNECT has strong leadership support during Duane’s recovery the CONNECT Executive Committee met this afternoon and appointed Tyler Orion, past CONNECT chief operating officer, as interim president.
“Our thoughts are with Duane and his family during this trying time. I am confident that the entire San Diego business and civic community joins me in wishing him a speedy and complete recovery.” said Dr. Laikind. He continued, “Tyler Orion is one of CONNECT’s most committed and active supporters and her long-term experience with the organization makes her ideally suited to serve as interim president. We are confident in her ability to work with the excellent CONNECT team to continue the organization’s important mission to foster innovation and entrepreneurism in our community.
Ms. Orion, currently serves on the CONNECT Foundation and Association Boards, having retired in 2006 as chief operating officer of CONNECT. She served as president and chief executive officer of the San Diego Regional Technology Alliance (RTA) from 2001 until its merger with CONNECT in 2005. Tyler has worked in technology business development, defense conversion, manufacturing process improvement and business incubation, and has operated several successful service firms, with an emphasis on emerging and early-stage technology.
She currently serves on several boards including the MIT Enterprise Forum Executive Committee and CDC Small Business Finance. Tyler has written and spoken extensively on issues relating to technology entrepreneurship.
“My heart goes out to Duane Roth and the Roth family,” said Tyler, “and I will do my best to work with the connect board and team to ensure that there is strong continuity in maintaining CONNECT’s programs and services while we await Duane’s recovery.”