Carrel takes helm of AtriCure

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AtriCure, a developer of cardiac surgical ablation systems for the treatment of atrial fibrillation and systems for the exclusion of the left atrial appendage, announced that Michael Carrel has been appointed as president and CEO, effective immediately.

Carrel was most recently the president and CEO of Vital Images, a medical imaging software company, from 2008 until it was sold to Toshiba in 2011. He stayed on as CEO of the new business unit within Toshiba until 2012, when the integration was completed. He originally joined Vital in January 2005 as chief operating and financial officer. 

In August, AtriCure reported that longtime CEO David Drachman would resign Sept. 30.