Sophie Dutilloy

Sophie is President International Vision Care Franchise at Alcon. She brings many years of experience in the medical device industry; she joined Alcon from Abbott where she was Divisional Vice President, Diabetes Care. In this position, she had an active role in driving several activities within the diabetes sector group of Medtech Europe. Prior to Abbott, Ms. Dutilloy spent 21 years with Johnson & Johnson, were she held roles of increasing responsibility and scope in consumer products and medical devices. She began her career in Johnson&Johnson consumer marketing in Canada, later transitioning to lead of the UK / Ireland Vision Care business. Ms. Dutilloy then became VP Marketing for the EMEA region and subsequently spent four years in the Global Surgery division holding roles in UK/Ireland, Nordics and EMEA. While leading the UK, she was appointed member of the UK Ministerial Medical Technology Strategy Group, facilitating the discussion between government and the medical technology industry on strategic issues of joint interest.

Ms. Dutilloy holds a Bachelor’s degree from IMIP-MBA Institute in Paris France, and a MBA from the Fuqua School of Business Administration at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

I started my career in consumer goods in 1995, then medtech in 2005, and have seen attitudes to gender equality evolve, with growing awareness about the gender gap, and the importance of working with diverse teams. US companies in particular have been actively promoting diversity and inclusion in the past 10 years or so. In Europe, these programmes do not always translate well, and a focus on gender is not always well received. I believe mindsets are changing in Europe, thanks to awareness sessions on unconscious bias, for instance. More leaders are waving the flag for diversity and requesting diverse slates when hiring for senior leadership roles. But there is still a lot of room to do better. Every week I find myself in meetings with all male colleagues. It's a complex issue and there is no silver bullet. However, I believe it starts with every leader making it a priority to inspire and support more women to lean into their careers. Speaking up for diversity Women play a critical role in helping close the gender gap in medtech. When I first started to access senior leadership positions, and realised I was one of very few women, I was nervous about overtly promoting the importance of female leadership for fear that people would think I was in my job just because I am a woman. I know other women can feel that way too. Over the years, I have changed my mind completely and realised that I needed to take a stance and speak up for other women. I took active roles in groups promoting programmes to help more women access leadership positions, and I speak up for gender diversity every opportunity I get. At this point in my career, I make a point to seek out and support other...