John 'Bob' Ranck, CEO of Orbis International; Home of the Flying Eye Hospital
Imagine living without sight. Now imagine living without sight and that you didn’t have to be. A shocking 75% of all visual impairment can be prevented or treated. Orbis International is an international non-profit that trains medical professionals around the world, rallying world class experts to train local eye care teams. They partner with local hospital and clinics to improve and strengthen services and, though their most iconic tool – the Flying Eye Hospital – they are able to deliver most of their program work in country, on the ground alongside local communities and partners. Since 1982, Orbis International has conducted training programs in over 92 countries and trained hundreds of thousands of medical professionals They have over 40 long-term projects around the world across countries including India, Bangladesh, Nepal, China, Vietnam, Ethiopia, South Africa, Ghana, Zambia, Cameroon, Peru, Mongolia and Indonesia. And, as a result have positively impacted the lives of millions of men, women and children by conducting over 5 million screenings and examinations; more than 8 million medical and optical treatments; almost a hundred thousand laser and surgeries; and trained more than 60 thousand doctors, healthcare professionals and community health workers in 2017. This interview with Bob was recorded in person while Bob was in Singapore for the Orbis International Gala to raise funds for the critically important work that the international non-profit does around the world. Bob came to Orbis with more than 30 years of experience as strategist, leader, and manager in a career that spans across military, manufacturing and small business sectors. In his most recent appointments prior to joining Orbis, Ranck was Senior Vice President of Government Programs & Sales at Gulfstream Aerospace and Vice President of Business Development at Integrated Systems Solutions (ISS) a service- disabled, veteran-owned small business. As a military chief executive in the United States Air Force, he led military units in domestic and international flying operations, spearheaded emergency relief in the developing world and the U.S., engaged in public relations/advocacy efforts and championed change management activities. Ranck is also a pilot and is qualified to fly the KC-10, a variant of the DC-10 aircraft that currently houses the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital. At Orbis Bob provides the vision and leadership that guide operations and ensures the fulfilment of the Orbis mission.