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Jerry Warner

President, CooperVision, Inc.

Years in current role: 2 months

What do you enjoy most about your role?

CooperVision is dedicated to helping people see better each day—and what a privilege that is. Our products truly make meaningful differences in people’s lives. In particular, the groundbreaking work we have done over the last several years to educate eye care professionals and parents around the world about the childhood myopia epidemic has been very rewarding. CooperVisionMiSight 1 day is the first and only soft contact lens approved by the FDA for myopia control, and I’m proud to be part of bringing it to market. Witnessing the hard work of our teams—and the success as a result of their efforts—is also a highlight.

What has been the biggest challenge you’ve dealt with over the past year?

Two years later, we are still navigating the impacts of COVID-19 on our employees and customers, our industry, and the world around us. As we have worked through the transition of the return to office, we have really had to establish a new operating model in that sense. And of course, like nearly every company in every industry, we are continuing to deal with the effects of the pandemic on the global supply chain.

What has been your organization’s biggest success over the past year?

Despite the ongoing challenges of the pandemic, CooperVision had a record year. We owe this to the support of our customers and employees around the world, who have remained committed to solving the world’s toughest vision challenges through product innovation and partnerships with eye care professionals. We also continue to expand our industry leadership in sustainability; in 2021, that included the introduction of the first net plastic neutral contact lens. There has been much to celebrate, and for that, I am thankful.

What do you see as the biggest changes in the technology industry over the next year?

Likely the sheer rate of technological acceleration. Technology is constantly evolving and at a pace so quick that we have to work harder than ever to remain relevant. In order to benefit from advancements in technology, our customers and their patients must be open to adapting their approaches and paradigms. Helping them to see the benefits and how to incorporate the new technology into their workflows is a big focus for us; it’s what makes us more than a manufacturer, but a true a partner.

What community organizations do you support as a volunteer and why?

My wife, Julie, and I have both supported the Villa of Hope for more than six years now. In the past, the Villa focused only on youth and residential services, but it has grown to work with individuals and families with a focus on behavioral health, education, workforce development, and care coordination. Improving social foundations has a direct impact on improving physical health and life expectancy, which is critical to our community. When you address the conditions of the overall environment—not just a specific situation—you make a significant positive impact on the outcomes on both the individual and community level.

This profile is part of Rochester Business Journal's Power 50 Technology list for 2022. Information used in this profile was sourced from the honoree. View the full list at rbj.net.

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