Chief Information Officer
Alan H. Farnsworth is senior vice president, customer service and information technology, and corporate vice president and Chief Information Officer of Bausch & Lomb. He was named to this post in 2008.
Mr. Farnsworth joined Bausch & Lomb in 1988 as vice president – Business Development for the former International Division. He has held positions including vice president – Marketing and president – Lens Care in the former Personal Products division. He was named staff vice president – Corporate Development in 1996 and corporate vice president – Business Development in 1997. He became corporate vice president and president – Pharmaceuticals/Europe in 2000 and in 2001 he was named corporate vice president and president of the Europe, Middle East and Africa Region, responsible for the commercial operations of all Bausch & Lomb businesses in the region.
Prior to joining Bausch & Lomb, Mr. Farnsworth held a variety of senior operating and general management positions with Schlegel Corporation, a privately held manufacturer of industrial goods.
Mr. Farnsworth was born in Albion, N.Y., in September 1952. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Rochester and a Juris Doctor degree from Cornell University School of Law, Ithaca, N.Y.
Mr. Farnsworth is a member of the board of trustees of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness/Vision 2020.
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