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Bausch + Lomb Names John Barr Global President Surgical
Date:5/14/2012

ROCHESTER, N.Y. and ALISO VIEJO, Calif., May 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Bausch + Lomb, the global eye health company, has named John Barr Global President of the company's Surgical business.  In this capacity, Barr will oversee the company's full suite of ophthalmic surgical products, intraocular lenses (IOLs) and delivery systems, which include such brand names as enVista™ Crystalens®, Stellaris® PC, Storz™ and VICTUS™.           

"John Barr is a seasoned leader with an impressive track record driving business performance at innovation-based companies," said Brent L. Saunders, chief executive officer, Bausch + Lomb.  "The combination of John's deep experience in global operations and strategy, customer focus, and collaborative approach to doing business make him the ideal choice to further accelerate the momentum of our Surgical business and Bausch + Lomb." 

Barr has extensive healthcare experience spanning medical device and biotechnology in a wide variety of operational, strategy and customer-facing roles.  He will be based at the company's Surgical headquarters in Aliso Viejo, CA, and will report to Saunders. 

"Bausch + Lomb is an iconic company with a robust portfolio of innovative products, a promising pipeline, and strong momentum," said Barr.  "I'm looking forward to collaborating with my Bausch + Lomb colleagues, customers and partners, to positively impact the professionals and patients that depend on us."

Immediately prior to joining Bausch + Lomb, Barr was President and CEO of AGA Medical, a pioneer of minimally invasive devices to treat structural heart defects and vascular abnormalities.  During his six years with the company, Barr more than doubled sales, while gross margins expanded from 79 percent to 86 percent.  Barr also established strong sales channels across Eur
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