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  • Maho Shades
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    Maho Shades appoints Jordan Poston managing partner


    Maho Shades has appointed Jordan Poston as managing partner. She has been working with the company since March 2019, serving as its e-commerce and marketing director. Her role will continue to drive e-commerce and marketing and expand to include financial oversight for the brand. “Jordan quickly became ...

  • Mondottica

    Change of ownership at Mondottica International


    The Hong Kong-based Mondottica International has changed ownership and is now controlled by a consortium comprising Capital Eyes Holding , Ross Holdings and Ferdinand Menrad . No financial details were released, but the tran partnersaction includes a substantial capital injection. Capital Eyes Holding is an Asia-based investment ...

  • Hoya

    New CEO and brand positioning for Hoya Vision Care


    Hoya has announced the appointment of Alexandre Montague as the new CEO of Hoya Vision Care, the lens division of the Japanese group. The French eyewear industry veteran started in this position in August, after spending six months at the helm of Hoya Eye Care, the company managing ...

  • Kenmark Eyewear
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    Kenmark names new VPs for product design, marketing


    Kenmark Eyewear has appointed Jason Wehlage as vice president of product and design. He began his career with the U.S. company in 2001 as a design assistant and has held roles as product designer and director of product design. In his new role, Wehlage will oversee the design ...

  • Eric Hurkmans
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    MPG hires Eric Hurkmans


    Michael Pachleitner Group (MPG) has hired the industry veteran Eric Hurkmans as its new head of retail purchase. He has been in the position since September. Before joining MPG, Hurkmans worked for more than six years at Hans Anders in the Netherlands, where he became buying director. ...

  • Alessandro Beccarini_Marcolin Group Style & Product Development  Director
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    Marcolin appoints Alessandro Beccarini style & product development director


    Marcolin has appointed Alessandro Beccarini as style product development director. He will oversee the management and development of all the company’s brands, “anticipating and delivering on the market’s needs.” He will report to Marcolin’s chief executive and general manager Fabrizio Curci and work with ...

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    ​Inspecs names Nev Trotter general manager of Norville


    Inspecs has appointed Nevil “Nev” Trotter as general manager of Norville , the British manufacturer of spectacle lenses it bought on July 14. Immediately after buying Norville, which was in administration, Inspecs started searching for a new general manager to run the business. Trotter joins Inspecs ...

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    ​Pro Optik hires Gerd Kaufmann as CFO


    Pro Optik , the German eyewear chain, has hired Gerd Kaufmann . He previously held a similar position with bielomatik , a German plastic welding firm. Micha Siebenhandl , Pro Optik’s chief executive, who was appointed in March 2020, has been reinforcing the company’s management team over the past ...

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    Top Rossignol executive joins Bollé Brands


    François Beneben has left the position of vice president of the Rossignol Group for Europe, Asia and the Southern Hemisphere, which he had held since March 2018, to join Bollé Brands as president of its Sport Luxury business, covering the group’s brands of sunglasses and ...

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    Raen hires Jeffrey Ishmael as CFO


    Raen , a California-based brand of eyewear, has appointed Jeffrey Ishmael as chief financial officer (CFO). He will be based in the company’s global Oceanside headquarters and report to brand chief executive, Jeff Fitzhugh . He most recently served three years as CFO at the cybersecurity company Obsidian Security. ...

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    New board at the French LEOO industry association


    Sandra Timon , marketing director of the French eyewear brand Minima , last week was elected president of the French industry association Les Entreprises de l’Optique Ophtalmique ( LEOO ). Jenkiz Saillet, general manager of Novacel, Jérôme Colin , Oxibis ’ associate director and Jean-Charles de Lemps ...

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    ​Mister Spex hires Sebastian Dehnen as CFO


    The German optician and eyewear retailer Mister Spex has appointed Sebastian Dehnen as chief financial officer, replacing Tobias Steffer , who has taken over the newly created position of chief data and corporate development officer. Prior to joining Mister Spex, Dehnen was CFO at AutoGravity , a Californian ...

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    Amazon’s head of European retail is stepping down


    Xavier Garambois, who has been running Amazon ’s European retail operations for the past eight years, is leaving the company. According to The Telegraph, he will be replaced by Jorrit Van der Meulen , Amazon’s vice president for Europe, who has also been in charge of Amazon Devices ...

  • Lena Henry
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    Lena Henry becomes president of GIFO


    Lena Henry , the managing director of Essilor France since December last year, has been elected as the new president of GIFO , the French eyewear industry association. As of Sept. 1, she is taking over the position from Oxibis ’ associate director Jérôme Colin who had been ...

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    Pro Optik reinforces its management


    Micha Siebenhandl, Pro Optik ’s 47-year old chief executive, who was appointed in March 2020, has reinforced the German company’s management. The company has hired Holger Schumann , previously head of financial planning and analysis at Apollo-Optik , as head of controlling. Meanwhile, Thorsten Lücke was appointed ...

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    Shopko Optical names Richard Chapman vice president of sales


    Shopko Optical , the American optical retailer with 80 locations, has appointed Richard Chapman as vice president of sales. He has more than 20 years experience in retailing, including a more than two-year stint at the optical retailer Visionworks of America , where he worked from January 2016 to ...

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    Smith announces major executive changes


    Smith Optics , a Safilo brand, has appointed Francesco Rinaldi Ceroni as general manager. He joins the company after more than 13 years in both wholesale and retail eyewear, serving most recently as vice president of international strategy and business development at Costa Del ...

  • Cirillo Marcolin

    ​Cirillo Marcolin takes over presidency of Confindustria Moda


    As planned, Cirillo Marcolin has taken over the rotating presidency of Confindustria Moda , the umbrella organization of the Italian fashion industry, replacing Claudio Marenzi . Confindustria Moda comprises Sistema Moda Italia (SMI), which groups the textile and apparel firms operating in the country; Assocalzaturifici , the ...

  • Christopher Bugg
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    Prada appoints Christopher Bugg group communications director


    Prada has appointed Christopher Bugg as communications director for the group and will report to Lorenzo Bertelli , the Italian fashion group’s head of marketing. Bugg joined the group in January 2020 as Prada’s marketing and communication director for Asia. Previously, he was the global digital communications ...

  • Doug Bairner CooperVision
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    CooperVision names Doug Bairner country manager for U.K., Ireland


    CooperVision , a division of CooperCompanies that produces soft contact lenses, has appointed Doug Bairner as country manager for the U.K. and Ireland, replacing Debbie Olive who has been promoted to senior vice president for Europe. The U.K. is CooperVision’s third largest market globally. According ...