Burdett quits Optos after a year as finance chief

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Optos today said that chief financial officer Louisa Burdett is to leave in September, just over a year since she joined the Fife-based eyecare company.

Burdett, the former chief financial officer at the Financial Times Group, joined the maker of retinal scanning devices in June 2012 and has been replaced on an interim basis by Robert Kennedy, its group director of finance and company secretary.

Optos chairman Peter Fellner said: “Louisa will undertake an orderly succession plan and will continue to work closely with Robert to ensure that the transition is well managed.”

Burdett’s departure was announced as Optos revealed total third-quarter revenues of $40.1 million (£26.4m), down slightly from $40.9m a year ago, although it insisted its annual sales were on track to meet City expectations.

Chief executive Roy Davis said the firm installed 323 of its Daytona retinal scanner devices during the three months to 30 June, up from 133 for the second quarter, and hopes were high that orders would continue to grow.

Davis added: “With our traditionally strongest quarter ahead of us and good progress with Daytona installations, we remain on track to deliver against the market’s revenue expectations for the full year.”