ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Bausch & Lomb, the global eye health company, has appointed Brian J. Harris as chief financial officer and corporate vice president. A business and finance executive having more than three decades of experience with multinational organizations, Mr. Harris begins his new role with Bausch & Lomb immediately.
Beginning in 1989, Mr. Harris held positions of increasing responsibility with Tomkins plc, the industrial, automotive, building products and engineering manufacturing conglomerate. These included roles as president of the $2 billion Worldwide Power Transmission business for Denver, Colorado-based Gates Corporation, as well as senior vice president for Strategic Business Development, and chief financial officer and company secretary. He also served as president of Gates Unitta Asia, the company’s Japanese joint venture.
Prior, Mr. Harris held financial director and controller roles with Tomkins operating companies in the U.K. and U.S., as well as U.K.-based operating companies for Hanson Plc. He began his career as a staff accountant in the Glasgow office of Deloitte & Touche LLP.
Mr. Harris earned his Bachelor of Accountancy from Glasgow University, and qualified as a Scottish Chartered Accountant. He will be based at Bausch & Lomb’s world headquarters in Rochester, N.Y.
“Brian brings not only his considerable financial acumen to Bausch & Lomb, but also the perspectives of a seasoned executive with on-the-ground operating experience in the U.S., Asia and Europe,” said Gerald M. Ostrov, chairman and chief executive officer, Bausch & Lomb. “We expect him to immediately contribute to the company as we focus on driving profitable long-term growth.”
Jurij Kushner, Bausch & Lomb corporate vice president, who has served as interim CFO since January 2009, will retire as planned from the company after a brief transition.
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Bausch & Lomb is the eye health company dedicated to perfecting vision and enhancing life for people around the world. Its core businesses include contact lenses and lens care products, ophthalmic surgical devices and instruments, and ophthalmic pharmaceuticals. The Bausch & Lomb name is one of the best-known and most respected healthcare brands in the world. Founded in 1853, the company is headquartered in Rochester, N.Y., and employs more than 10,000 people worldwide. Its products are available in more than 100 countries. More information is available at www.bausch.com.