Latest News Alcon’s Akerman, OD, Named Head, Global Professional Affairs By Staff Monday, February 25, 2013 12:30 AM Dwight Akerman, OD. FORT WORTH, Texas—Dwight Akerman, OD, has been appointed head, Global Professional Affairs for Alcon’s Global Vision Care Franchise, reporting directly to Eric Bruno, Global Franchise Head, Vision Care. Bruno said, “In his new role, Akerman will be responsible for creating the vision, strategy and roadmap for Professional Affairs globally. He will also provide thought leadership, scientific and technical guidance, and be the voice and mindset of eyecare professionals to the Global Vision Care Franchise to ensure that our products and services meet the changing demands of the eyecare marketplace.” Akerman has extensive experience in professional affairs, medical affairs, clinical research and medical marketing. He has served as the head of Professional Affairs & Clinical Research for Wesley Jessen Corp., global head of medical marketing for Novartis Pharmaceuticals ophthalmic business unit, and director of Professional Affairs, Americas region for CIBA Vision. Most recently, he was director of Professional Affairs for U.S. Vision Care. Akerman has been widely published and is a frequent speaker on cornea, contact lens, business and management topics. He graduated from the Illinois College of Optometry and is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Optometry Cornea, Contact Lenses and Refractive Technologies Section. He has also earned the status of Fellow of the International Association of Contact Lens Educators and Fellow of the British Contact Lens Association.