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Bernie Haffey

About The Author

Bernie Haffey started his professional career as a physics teacher and ice hockey coach at Delbarton School in Morristown, NJ. This early experience in teaching, science, and team sports shaped much of his approach to business and many elements of his book, Cutting Through. Upon graduation from business school, he worked as a product manager in Hewlett-Packard’s Medical Products Group in Waltham, MA. He then moved to Mentor Corp, ascending from New England sales representative to Vice President of Sales and Marketing. From Mentor, he moved to Summit Technology, Inc., where he assumed the role of Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer through its $1 billion sale to Alcon Labs. Bernie held the same role, EVP and CCO, at Intralase Corp. through its $800 million sale to Advanced Medical Optics (now Johnson&Johnson). From there, he successfully served as President and CEO of two venture-backed start-ups: NDO Surgical, Inc. and Nexis Vision. Bernie also previously served as a founding board member at WaveTec Vision, Inc. (acquired by Alcon Labs) and at Ocular Therapeutix, Inc. (NASDAQ: OCUL), and currently serves on the board of On Target Laboratories, Inc. Bernie now runs Haffey&Co. (, a management consulting firm that has supported more than forty organizations in implementing HPMS and achieving breakthrough results. Bernie earned a BA from Colgate University and an MBA from Cornell University.

Books by Bernie Haffey