The Ophthalmology Foundation: Educating a Global Community Of Leaders and Eye Care Professionals – Dr. David Pyott

The Ophthalmology Foundation: Educating a Global Community Of Leaders and Eye Care Professionals – Dr. David Pyott

In this episode, Dr. David Pyott shares insights and lessons learned as the former Chairman of the Board and CEO of Allergan. David further details the genesis of The Ophthalmology Foundation, highlighting the importance of education and maintaining a global perspective in order to improve eye care and advance the preservation and restoration of vision for all.



About the guest:

David E.I. Pyott, CBE, MD (Hon.) OstJ
Professional Director, Private Investor & Philanthropist
President of Ophthalmology Foundation
Former Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Allergan Inc.

During his 17 year tenure, Allergan Inc. was transformed from a small eye care business with about $1 billion in sales to a global specialty pharmaceutical and medical device company, with sales over $7 billion in 2014. Dr. Pyott was recognized by Harvard Business Review as one of “The 100 Best Performing CEOs in the World” in 2014 (ranked #4).

In 2006, Dr. Pyott was bestowed with the honor of Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Her Majesty the Queen in acknowledgement of his contribution to British business excellence and management skills in the United States. He has received numerous awards: an Honorary Degree in Medicine by the University of Edinburgh; the University of California, Irvine medal; the Moacyr Gold Medal for services to Brazilian ophthalmology; and the Semper Fidelis Award from the US Marine Corps.

Before Allergan, Dr. Pyott served as the Head of the Novartis Nutrition Division and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Switzerland-based Novartis AG, having worked 17 years in Switzerland, Austria, Spain, Malaysia and the United States.

Dr. Pyott holds a Diploma in International and European Law from the Europa Institute at the University of Amsterdam, a Master of Arts degree from the University of Edinburgh and a Master of Business Administration degree from the London Business School.

Dr. Pyott serves on the Board of several public and private corporations in the United States and Europe, including Royal Philips in the Netherlands. He is a Deputy Chairman of the Board of Governors of the London Business School, a Trustee of the California Institute of Technology, President of the Ophthalmology Foundation and Serves as the President of the Advisory Board of the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. In addition, he is a member of the Board of the African Eye Foundation that supports an eye clinic in Cameroon as well as on the Board of the Pan American Ophthalmological Foundation.

Contact information:

Christine Graham Exec. Director cgraham@ophthalmologyfoundation.org
Cordula Gabel Obermaier Executive & General Secretary International Ophthalmology Fellows Foundation cgo@ioff.org

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