HelpMeSee, the global campaign to end cataract blindness, appointed Gerry McRae as chief operating officer (COO). As COO, McRae's responsibilities will extend across HelpMeSee's strategic and tactical initiatives in training, simulation technology and business development -- and he will work closely with the chief executive officer, the executive leadership and the Board. He will be based in North America, where he will working with HelpMeSee's offices and partners in India, China, Europe, Africa and the Americas.

A veteran of the aviation industry, Gerry served most recently as executive director of Business Development at FlightSafety International.

"Gerry's experience in simulation-based training and business development in aviation is fundamental to the success of HelpMeSee as a sustainable effort to train highly proficient cataract surgeons worldwide," said Jacob Mohan Thazhathu, president & CEO of HelpMeSee.

James Tyler Ueltschi, HelpMeSee's Co-Founder & Chairman, says, "His extensive experience and knowledge in both training and business development is exactly what we need to accomplish our goal of training tens of thousands of specialists to end cataract blindness in the developing world."

In his 20 years at FlightSafety International, McRae worked extensively with simulation-based training systems and led initiatives across the Middle East, South America, India and China and alos served as director of Project Management and Planning, Center Manager for the Toronto Learning Center and Deputy Head of Training.