Not surprisingly — Brent is clearly channeling his old (and current) boss, Fred Hassan (now as the Chairman of the Board of B+L). Saunders is actively cutting heads, adding low-cost hires off-shore, and dreaming of going public again — in the hopes of creating a huge five year gain for Warburg Pincus, the firm that created a soft landing for Ex-CEO Fred Hassan in early 2010.
. . . .After four years in private hands, Bausch & Lomb may soon head back to the public market as Chief Executive Brent Saunders is setting sights on an IPO for the U.S. eye-care giant “in the next couple of years. . . .”
In an effort to streamline the business, Saunders said over the past year and a half he took out several hundred managers to slim down in favor of more front-line jobs, whether focused on sales, science or manufacturing.
“We are doing quite a bit of hiring in markets like China, India, Brazil, Russia, Eastern Europe,” he said, adding that the company tends to hire several hundred people a year, either to fill opening positions or create new jobs.
It’s the Fred Hassan’s “Mini-Me” show all over again, no? Overseas hring, local firings, and breathless chatter of an IPO. Public or private — we’ll keep an eye on this for the readership.