Donald Casey has been appointed group chairman of Johnson & Johnson's vision care business, succeeding Gerald Ostrov who plans to retire in the second half of 2005 after 28 years with the company. Casey was formerly group president of Johnson & Johnson's Vistakon contact lens unit, responsible for the Americas region, worldwide operations and research & development. He is now responsible for the global Vistakon contact lens and pharmaceutical businesses, reporting to Colleen A Goggins, who is worldwide chairman of the company's consumer & personal care group. Ostrov remains in charge of J&J's spectacle lens group during a transitional period until Casey assumes full responsibility for the vision care business after Ostrov's departure. Casey joined J&J in 1985 as an assistant product director for its McNeil consumer products unit and became vice-president of marketing and professional sales in 1995. He became president of Johnson & Johnson Merck US in 1997, worldwide president in 1999, president of eJNJ in 2000, and president of Personal Products Company in 2001, before becoming group president of Vistakon in March 2002. Ostrov started his career with J&J in 1976 and later joined CIBA-Geigy in 1982, where he was president of the OTC Pharmaceutical Company. He returned to J&J in 1991 as president of Personal Products before being promoted to company group chairman. He assumed his current role in 1998.