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Alcon Laboratories’ Dave Sattler, FAAO, will retire Aug. 2 after 28 years of service.
Fort Worth, TX-Alcon Laboratories’ Dave Sattler, FAAO, will retire Aug. 2 after 28 years of service.
Sattler’s most recent role has been director professional relations, overseeing academic development for U.S. Vision Care.
“In this role, Dave strengthened Alcon’s ties to optometry schools and colleges,” the company said in a prepared statement.
He also worked with the Alcon Foundation, the city of Fort Worth, and two optometry schools in Texas to help establish an eye clinic for the underserved in downtown Fort Worth.
“I have had 28 great years with Alcon, but I am most proud of the eye care now being provided to the local underserved patient population through the establishment of the Fort Worth Community Eye Clinic,” Sattler said. “This program brings together our local city government, optometry schools, and Alcon to make a real difference in patients’ lives.”
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Sattler’s career with Alcon began in 1986 as a sales representative in San Diego, CA. He held various positions, including national account manager, district sales manager, and director of national accounts. In 2008 he assumed the role of director professional relations, global optometry, and in 2010, peer-to-peer professional marketing was added to his list of responsibilities.
In 2011, he took on his current role working with the optometry, ophthalmology, and optician academic community to ensure that faculty, staff, and future eye-care professionals are up-to-date on all the recent advances in the eye-care world.
Over the years, Alcon said Sattler has collaborated with key opinion leaders, professional associations, and academic institutions, and he participated in many national conventions and education programs in the contact lens, lens care, ocular pharmaceutical, and surgical areas.
“Dave Sattler’s impressive 28-year career has helped Alcon in its mission to enhance quality of life by helping people see better,” said Jim Murphy, vice president and general manager of U.S. Vision Care, Alcon. “His most recent work with the optometry schools and colleges has positively impacted the profession and countless individual eye-care professionals.”
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Sattler is also a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and is currently serving as a volunteer board member for the American Optometric Association’s foundation and the Pennsylvania College of Optometry Advisory Board.
After Sattler’s retirement, Tom Duchardt will step in to lead the academic development initiatives for Alcon U.S. Vision Care.
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