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5/5/2008, Monday

FOR RELEASE 5/5/2008, Monday

Bausch & Lomb Appoints Industry Veterans to Leadership Team

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Bausch & Lomb, the global eye health company, announced today that it has added three ophthalmic industry veterans to its senior leadership team, effective immediately.

Stuart Heap has joined the company as corporate vice president and global president, Vision Care. He is a former group vice president of CIBA Vision Corporation and president of its Global Contact Lens Division, and he held various sales, marketing, manufacturing and engineering positions with the company over the span of two decades. After departing CIBA Vision in 2002, he served as CEO of healthcare products manufacturers Regent Medical and SSL-Americas. Mr. Heap holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Salford University.

J. Andy Corley has been named corporate vice president and global president, Surgical Products. Mr. Corley co-founded eyeonics, the developer of the innovative crystalens® accommodating intraocular lens, which Bausch & Lomb acquired earlier this year. At eyeonics, he facilitated changes to the Medicare system that allow patients to pay privately for non-covered Medicare services. He has over 25 years of experience in the ophthalmic industry and held various executive positions at American Medical Optics, Allergan Pharmaceuticals, and Chiron Ophthalmics, which he co-founded and where he played a key role in the introduction of LASIK surgery. Mr. Corley holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Georgia Southern University.

Michael Gowen has joined the company as corporate vice president and executive vice president, Global Business Operations and Process Excellence. He is the former vice president of Global Operations and Supply Chain for the Johnson & Johnson Group of Consumer Companies, and vice president of Global Operations and Supply Chain for Johnson & Johnson Vision Care from 2002 to 2004. He also has served in multiple management roles with McNeil Consumer and Specialty Pharmaceuticals Company, including six years as vice president of operations. Mr. Gowen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management from Villanova University, a M.B.A. degree from Temple University, a Master of Engineering degree in Industrial Engineering from Penn State University, and a Master of Science degree in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania.

“We’re fortunate to have attracted some of the ophthalmic industry’s most experienced talent in Stuart and Andy, and tremendous supply chain and operations management experience in Mike,” said Gerald M. Ostrov, Bausch & Lomb chairman and CEO. “They’re motivated by Bausch & Lomb’s positive momentum and accelerating growth opportunities. We’re focused on creating long-term value for the organization by stimulating market expansion through innovation, and these executives — alongside our existing senior leadership team — will play a central role in our success.”


Bausch & Lomb is the eye health company dedicated to perfecting vision and enhancing life for consumers around the world. Its core businesses include soft and rigid gas permeable contact lenses and lens care products, and ophthalmic surgical and pharmaceutical products. 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 approximately 13,000 people worldwide. Its products are available in more than 100 countries. More information about the Company can be found at


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