Hilco Vision has announced the retirement of Bob Nahmias, its chief executive for the past 17 years. Ross Brownlee, a veteran of the optical industry, has been hired to replace him, effective June 15. Brownlee will also join Hilco's board of directors. A British national, Brownlee has spent 18 years with Safilo Group. Most recently, he was Safilo's president and chief operating officer for the Americas and president of its retail arm Solstice LLC, with responsibility for operations and finance, product planning and development, sales, licensing and marketing. From 1996 to 2009, he worked for Safilo in Hong Kong, where he finally served as managing director and helped build Safilo's position throughout the Far East, including seven regional subsidiaries and the group's global travel retail channel.