Henri Blomqvist, chief commercial officer of the Safilo Group, is going to fill the new position of chief executive for Safilo North America, says the group, confirming a report in Vision Monday. He will also take global responsibility for the group's sales activities in the sports channel. He will be a member of the group's executive committee. The Finnish executive, who spent ten years at Procter & Gamble, will take over the responsibilities of Glenn Rusk, who has been heading up Safilo's commercial operations in North America for more than five years. Like other former managers of Safilo, he has been hired by Kering Eyewear to act as senior vice president of sales for North America, reporting to Antonio Bortuzzo, head of the Americas.