Christopher Payan will step down as chief executive and president of Emerging Vision when his contract is up on Nov. 30. He joined the U.S. company, which is the parent of the Sterling Optical retail chain and Combine Optical and Optical Group buying groups, from the Arthur Andersen accounting firm in 2001. He started as vice president for finance, the moved up to senior vice president and chief financial officer, then one of three co-chief operating officers. He has been CEO since June 2004.