Natick medical-device maker Boston Scientific Corp. said today that it has chosen an aide to Vice President Dick Cheney for the position of senior vice president of global government affairs.
Brenda Becker, assistant to Vice President Cheney for legislative affairs, plans to join the company in January, Boston Scientific said.
Becker "brings an outstanding track record of success to Boston Scientific with more than 20 years of governmental experience working in the nation's capitol," Boston Scientific chief operating officer Paul LaViolette said in a statement.
The company's most important product is a drug-coated stent implanted in coronary arteries, but questions have arisen over whether such stents trigger blood clots at a higher rate than stents without drug coating.
While the company has seen a slight increase in the rate of clotting, it said it has seen no corresponding increase in the rates of heart attacks or deaths.
In early afternoon New York Stock Market trading, company shares traded at $16.14, up 20 cents.
(By Chris Reidy, Globe staff)