PEOPLE: Management TLC Laser Eye Centers Appoints Neal Chief Executive Officer By Staff Monday, May 14, 2012 12:00 AM George NealST. LOUIS—TLC Laser Eye Centers has appointed George Neal chief executive officer. Neal joins TLC with more than 25 years of experience in the ophthalmic industry. Most recently, he served as division vice president, global sales and international marketing, with Santa Ana, Calif.-based Abbott Medical Optics. Prior to Abbott, he was vice president of corporate development for Eyeonics; he also held positions with Alcon Labs, Allergan Optical and Procter & Gamble. Neal’s position returns him to the St. Louis area where he once served as president and chief operating officer of Catalina Health Resource. “George is the ideal person to lead TLC as we look to invest in the business and take advantage of the multiple growth opportunities we see on the horizon,” said Tim Palmer, managing director of Charlesbank Capital Partners and a member of TLC’s board of directors.