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. His previous job with the Dutch low-cost optical retailer was as purchase and supply chain director. Hurkmans also worked for nearly 16 years as buyer at OptiChains in the Netherlands. He started his career as an optician, working for eight years at Het Huis Opticiens.