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    German industry association Spectaris bids farewell to Josef May, elects successors


    Josef May, who has been chairman of the German industry association Spectaris and Chairman of the Consumer Optics division, has handed over his posts to two experienced successors after almost two decades on the board. Ulrich Krauss, CEO of Analytik Jena, was elected as the new chairman of the association ...

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    CooperVision creates and fills business manager post for Asia-Pacific


    CooperVision Specialty EyeCare has appointed Weiwen Chen to the new post of business manager for Asia-Pacific. She will be heading up company and category expansion everywhere in the region except China, which has its own team. Chen served most recently as a consultant on entry strategy for Asia to Visioneering ...

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    SMITH promotes new global VP of sales from within


    SMITH, the sports brand of the Safilo group, has promoted Rob Retzlaff to the position of global vice president of sales. Retzlaff has been working for SMITH in Canada for more than twenty years. He held various marketing and sales positions in the company and became general manager for Canada ...

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    Ocuco has a new chief product officer


    Ocuco has promoted Clodagh Nic Canna to chief product officer. Head of product development for the past 12 years, Canna will in her new post be considering the company’s vision and strategy as it applies to the full portfolio of products. According to CEO Leo Mac Canna, Ocuco is making ...

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    MPG appoints new B2B sales director


    The Michael Pachleitner Group has appointed Hannes Zeichen as its B2B sales director, effective Oct. 3. Zeichen will sit at the company’s board, representing all sales and marketing business units. An experienced executive, Zeichen has worked in different industries, in particular the energy sector, in the past with roles such ...

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    Marchon's new president promoted from within


    VSP Vision has promoted Thomas Burkhardt from chief marketing officer and senior vice president of global brands, marketing and design at Marchon to Marchon’s president. He will be reporting to VSP’s chief operating officer, Earnie Franklin. Burkhardt is succeeding Nicola Zotta, president since 2016. This is the same year Marchon ...

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    KITS improves profit ratios on flat sales


    Kits Eyecare has improved its gross profit margin by 10.6 percentage points to 32.3 percent in Q2 compared to the previous year in spite of flattish revenue. Sales for the quarter totaled 21.8 million Canadian dollars (€16.5m) this year versus C$21.7 million in 2021. The management said that the jump ...

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    New VP of sales for Kenmark Eyewear


    Kenmark Eyewear has announced the promotion of Steve Mount to the position of vice president of sales. Mount joined the company in 1994 as territory manager and has held positions as regional manager, corporate trainer, Western US sales director and most recently national sales director. 

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    Smith Optics hires new global VP of product


    U.S. goggles and helmets specialist Smith, a subsidiary of Safilo Group, has named Scott Randall as global vice president of product. Randall started his career in retail with Nike Australia before being hired at Oakley. Staying at Oakley for 18 years, he had been working at the brand’s headquarters in ...

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    Papa to step down as Bausch+Lomb CEO


    Bausch + Lomb has announced that Joseph C. Papa had stepped down from his position of chairman of the company’s board of directors and that it was searching for a new CEO to replace him in his executive role. Until a successor is appointed, Papa will remain as CEO and ...

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    Gadol hires a network director


    The optical buying group Gadol, a division of Optic 2000 Group, has hired Christine Gabriel to be director of its network, reports L’OL magazine. Gabriel most recently spent more than 17 years as director of Club Opticlibre. Before that she was director of international supply at GrandVision, where she helped ...

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    Milleri succeeds Del Vecchio as EssilorLuxottica chairman


    In the wake of the death of Leonardo Del Vecchio, founder of Luxottica, the board of EssilorLuxottica has appointed Francesco Milleri to serve out Del Vecchio’s term as chairman of the combined company. It has also confirmed Paul du Saillant as EssilorLuxottica’s deputy CEO and appointed a new, non-independent director: ...

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    B+L expands its board


    Bausch + Lomb (B+L) has expanded its board of directors by two seats and filled them with Brett Icahn and Gary Hu, both from Carl C. Icahn and affiliates (Icahn Group). B+L has entered into an amended and restated Director Appointment and Nomination Agreement with Icahn Group, after the distribution ...

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    Ineurop appoints new chairwoman


    Ineurop, the umbrella organization for six independent European optical retail groups, has appointed Janika Jürgens from Brillen-Profi as its chairwoman, Euro Focus reports. Based in the Netherlands, Ineurop regroups over 4,500 independent opticians through Brillen-Profi in Germany (1,880 members), Club Opticlibre in France (1,338), Netcity in Italy (900), Optitrade Retailgroep ...

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    Anthony Afflelou becomes general manager of the Afflelou group


    The Afflelou group has appointed Anthony Afflelou as its general manager, fifty years after the opening of the first Afflelou shop by his father Alain. After he graduated from a business school in Bordeaux, Anthony Afflelou specialized in digital communication and cut his teeth at an online advertising videos company ...

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    The Vision Council has a new director of shows


    The Vision Council has hired Sara Bonizio to be its director of shows. Bonizio will be reporting to Mitch Barkley, vice president of trade shows and events, and collaborating with RX, co-organizer of Vision Expo East and West. Bonizio spent seven years working for Metro Optics Group, her family’s group ...

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    Zeiss revamps executive board


    Carl Zeiss is making changes to its management to “accelerate the transformation” of its digital infrastructure. On July 1 it will be adding a seat on its executive board for a chief transformation officer (CTO). To fill both the seat and the position the group has selected Susan-Stefanie Breitkopf, who ...

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    Rodenstock adds two members to new executive team


    Rodenstock has appointed Martin Lange as executive vice president of sales & marketing and promoted Dr. Dietmar Uttenweiler to executive vice president of R&D and product management. Both are joining the German lens manufacturer’s new Executive Management Team, whose other members are CEO Anders Hedegaard, CFO Marcus Desimoni and COO ...

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    Pearle Vision has a new SVP and GM


    Pearle Vision has promoted Kathleen Steele from vice president of operations – a post she has held since 2016 – to senior vice president and general manager, Vision Monday reports. She will be reporting to Gunjan Kumar, president of retail licensed brands and Pearle Vision North America. Steele is succeeding ...

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    CooperVision to have a new head for the Americas in June


    Alex Wilkes will be CooperVision’s president for the Americas, the company’s largest region, as of June 14. He is succeeding Jerry Warner, who has held the post since February. Wilkes is coming off a nearly 12-year stint at Luxottica, where he served as senior director of strategy and then vice ...