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Joseph Hart

Executive Director, Rochester Site Operations, Bausch + Lomb

joe-hartYears in current role: 20

What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned in your career?

The most important lesson that I learned early on is the importance of building and sustaining relationships. As a fully integrated eye health company, Bausch + Lomb’s business is heavily regulated and requires the contribution of a number of highly technical minds on a daily basis. I have had the privilege of working alongside some of Bausch + Lomb’s most talented subject matter experts and I believe the success we’ve seen is directly attributable to that collaboration.

What’s been your biggest success?

I believe my biggest success is being able to provide employees the ability to have a positive long-term career at Bausch + Lomb. The current work force at our Rochester manufacturing facility is a testament to this point; we have some of the longest-serving employees in the company. I am also very proud of the Rochester manufacturing site expansion, which will add significant capacity to our facility and provide more than 100 new jobs once complete.

What do you do to unplug in your free time?

I love to spend time cruising on my boat on Lake Ontario; nothing is more relaxing than being on the open water on a warm summer day. I am also a member of the Bausch + Lomb golf league. For more than two decades and with appropriate social distancing this past year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, a group of Rochester-based employees have spent time playing golf once a week after work. While I’m not very good at the sport, I do enjoy getting to know people that I don’t normally work with. Last but certainly not least, I adore spending time with my wife, our four children and seven grandchildren.

This profile is part of Rochester Business Journal's Power 100 list for 2021. Information used in this profile was sourced from the honoree. View the full list at rbj.net.

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