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Retired Chairman CEO @Bausch & Lomb (USA)

Mr. Gerald (Jerry) M. Ostrov, most recently served as Chairman and CEO of Bausch & Lomb, from 2008 to 2010. Prior to Bausch & Lomb, he served as Company Group Chairman, Worldwide Vision Care, for Johnson & Johnson. Jerry was previously Company Group Chairman for its North American Consumer and Personal Care businesses and spent over 20 years with JNJ. Jerry started his career with Procter & Gamble and also ran CIBA-Geigy’s (now Novartis) over the counter pharmaceutical business for 9 years. He is the founder and (pro bono) CEO of rethink Israel Initiative focused on positively impacting American attitudes and beliefs toward Israel via proactive social media based communications with 30 million views annually. Jerry also invests in and serves as board member and advisor to startup companies primarily in Israel.


Bausch + Lomb is one of the world's largest healthcare companies dedicated to bringing visionary ideas to eye health. They offer the world's most comprehensive portfolio of eye health products ranging from contact lenses, lens care products, pharmaceuticals, intraocular lenses, to other eye surgery products. The company began in 1853 in Rochester, New York, as a small optical shop that grew to become a multi-billion dollar corporation with approximately 13,000 employees worldwide, with products available in more than 100 countries.

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