Boots Opticians and Dollond & Aitchison have formalized their merger. David Cartwright has been appointed as the group's professional services director, reporting to Andy Ferguson, managing director of the combined companies. Cartwright was previously the professional services director of Boots Opticians; his counterpart at D&A, Rob Hogan, will continue as such, reporting to Cartwright. The merger, which forms the second-largest optical chain in the U.K., was announced in January. Alliance Boots is the majority shareholder and co-owns the new enterprise, trading as Boots Opticians, with De Rigo. Pradip Patel, former managing director of Boots Opticians, is chairman of the new group.