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What route did you take to become CEO of Rayner?

I began my career in R&D but, at that time, I wasn’t sure if it was for me. Now, in the middle of my career, R&D is one of my passions within the company. Nevertheless, I switched from a PhD to an MBA and went up through the commercial company ranks. I was involved in Zeiss’ acquisition of Humphrey Instruments from Allergan and, by virtue of that, I found my way into Allergan. There, I was lucky enough to work with Jim Mazzo and some other interesting industry figures. I then became one of the early members of AMO (Advanced Medical Optics), when it spun off from Allergan – in fact, I worked on that transition.

At that point, my career took a slightly more entrepreneurial turn. I span a company out of Oxford University, and it ended up being quite successful, so I found myself in Fidelity, running a private equity fund. As part of that role I purchased a group of eye hospitals and turned them into Optegra – a leading worldwide provider of eye surgery centers operating from 23 specialist eye hospitals across Europe. In 2014 I became a non-executive director of Rayner with a brief to develop a strategic growth plan for the company which led to me being appointed CEO in 2015.

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