Paul Rockley:

 I have known Ernst since 1999 when we were both part of the Allergan organization.

The first project we worked together on was to locate & assess almost $20MM in capital assets on loan to hospitals throughout Europe. Ernst worked collaboratively with each countries leadership to bring them back into the corporate register, thus safeguarding the company’s assets. Ernst was identified as a Strategic thinker and was often involved in Business Development as well as acquisition due diligence activities.

Allergan spun off the Surgical Division in mid 2002 & Ernst continued to be a trusted leader in our European division – integrating many high value acquisitions- Pfizer Surgical as well as the Refractive laser companies- VISX and Intralase .

Following the acquisition by Abbott Laboratories in 2009- a decision was made to establish a Global Sales Operations team to manage the complicated demands of a sales force exceeding 1,000 sales reps tasked with over $1B in sales. As Senior Director of Global Commercial Operations- I asked Ernst to join my team as Director Sales Operations for Europe, Asia and Japan. Ernst quickly built the organisation and infrastructure in Germany, Singapore and Tokyo. Ernst implemented critical financial tools to consolidate sales performance reporting as well as asset management of capital equipment & implantable devices (value exceeding $40MM).

Ernst is well respected in many countries as he has worked successfully with sales & marketing teams for Sales Force Incentive Plans, CRM and Sales Force Reporting Tools. His efforts to analyse the interdependencies between Customer, Product and Sales Force led to several critical decisions in Asia to expand our sales force by over 100% to take advantage of the market conditions.

Sadly Ernst was released when Abbott decided to move his position to the corporate headquarters. He has been a trusted partner, well respected leader & decision maker for Abbott Medical Optics. I know he will be successful in any activity he chooses to do.

Signed: Paul Rockley, former Senior Director Commercial Operations Abbott Medical Optics (AMO)