CooperVision, a division of CooperCompanies  that produces soft contact lenses, has appointed Doug Bairner as country manager for the U.K. and Ireland, replacing Debbie Olive who has been promoted to senior vice president for Europe. The U.K. is CooperVision’s third largest market globally.

According to his LinkedIn account, Bairner started his career as market strategy and planning manager at Procter & Gamble where he worked for seven years from September 1998 to August 2005. He worked for Red Bull, where he was head of category marketing based in London and sales director in Australia. Bairner was co-founder and managing director of Lumo Clothing, a cycling cloth startup, and most recently chief executive of Hectare, an agritech company.

As part of its ongoing Covid-19 pandemic response, CooperVision began producing hand sanitizer at its manufacturing sites in the U.K. and Puerto Rico. A portion of the gel is used for internal requirements and employee hygiene needs and some of the production is donated to community organizations and customers.

The division’s UK site in Hampshire, which manufactures a range of brands, including Biofinity and MyDay contact lenses, repurposed machinery and developed new operating procedures enabling it to produce bottles of hand sanitizer in volume in just three weeks. In the U.K., CooperVision also provided 3,000 face masks to the Southampton General Hospital and made a significant contribution to the hospital’s staff welfare fund.

The facility in Puerto Rico also produces brands such as Biofinity and MyDay. In the coming weeks, the U.S. sales team will distribute complimentary bottles of Puerto Rico-manufactured hand sanitizer to customers..