Michelle Bockman.

BALTIMORE—KeraLink International (KLI), a non-profit organization that provides solutions and technologies to underserved populations suffering from corneal blindness in low- and middle-income countries, has appointed Michelle Bockman as president and chief executive officer, according to an announcement from the company. Bockman will shape the organization’s future direction and lead her team in forging strategic partnerships with generous donors and impact investors, KLI told VMAIL. The company said these investors are committed to restoring sight to the more than 12.7 million people with corneal blindness and to making significant advances in the prevention and early treatment of corneal injury and disease.

In prior roles, Bockman proved instrumental in executing strategy development, fundraising, and program implementation efforts, making her an ideal leader for KLI, the company said. “We are thrilled to welcome Michelle as our new CEO,” said Pamela J. Hall, chair of the KLI board of directors. “Her extensive background in managing complex global projects and her passionate commitment to our cause is exactly what KLI needs to move forward.”

David Green, who had been serving as CEO, has transitioned to a pivotal role as KLI’s chief technology and investment officer. Green, a visionary leader, will now focus on discovering, developing, deploying and investing in new technologies for the prevention, early detection and novel treatment of corneal conditions, the company said.  

“The prospect of uniting health care providers, technology innovators, philanthropists, and investors to collaborate on the front lines of eradicating corneal blindness is exciting,” said Bockman. “Our organization’s approach is an innovative yet sustainable way for the prevention, early detection, and novel treatment of corneal injury, disease and blindness. I am deeply privileged to have the opportunity to spearhead an organization that will undoubtedly have a profound global impact.”

Bockman brings over two decades of experience transforming major enterprise organizations and has been pivotal in scaling multiple start-ups. Before joining KLI, she served as president of Stanley X, the innovation division of Stanley Black & Decker, and as the CEO of 3D Control Systems, a premium advanced manufacturing software solutions provider. 

Bockman has also held executive positions in service, supply chain, sales, and product development at companies including GE Healthcare and Industrial Solutions, and was instrumental in scaling a start-up business at GE Digital.