Wolfgang Tolle Nathan Associates

Wolfgang Tolle

Title: Board Member

Education: M.S., University of Dortmund
B.S., University of Dortmund

Wolfgang Tolle is an international business executive and technology entrepreneur, accomplished in fields as diverse as IT, telecom, healthcare and medical devices.

He is currently Executive Chairman of the Board (and previously CEO) of VisionCare Ophthalmic Technologies, the developer, maker, and marketer of an implantable miniature telescope to treat the most advanced stage of age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of permanently impaired close-up and reading vision in people 65 and older.

Mr. Tolle previously was CEO of WaveLight Inc. and subsequently WaveLight AG, a publicly traded German producer of medical lasers for eye treatment, which was then acquired by U.S.-based Alcon Inc. in 2008. Following the integration of WaveLight into Alcon, from 2011 to 2013 he served as Alcon?s General Manager for Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg (Benelux), where he was responsible for several legal entities and also guided the integration of Alcon Benelux into Novartis AG, the Swiss multinational that concluded its $50 billion acquisition of Alcon in 2011.

Following the integration of WaveLight into Alcon, from 2011 to 2013 he served as Alcon?s General Manager for Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg (Benelux), where he was responsible for several legal entities and also guided the integration of Alcon Benelux into Novartis AG, the Swiss multinational that concluded its $50 billion acquisition of Alcon in 2011.

Mr. Tolle has also been a leading entrepreneur and business consultant in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, where he moved to from his native Germany in 1990. As President and Managing Director of the Virginia Center for Innovative Technology and in subsequent entrepreneurial positions, he helped drive Northern Virginia?s transformation into a technology-based economy. He also recently served as president and chief operating officer of PostCreator, a venture in the social media and branding space.

LaunchDreams LLC, the Northern Virginia firm that Mr. Tolle directed from November 2001 to July 2006, focused on the international economic development and the support of international companies entering the U.S. market.

Finally, for a time Mr. Tolle also served as a Diplomat in the U.S. State Department.

Throughout his career, Mr. Tolle has served on the Board of numerous public, private, government-sponsored and civic entities and he has had significant exposure to the financing of technology companies from venture capital, government and other sources.

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