Laurent Schmitt, who recently ran GrandVision's Italian chain of GrandOptical stores, is going back to Essilor to run its Brazilian subsidiary. Frédéric Vitre, who runs GrandVision's foreign operations, will replace him on an interim basis. Schmitt, a French expatriate, already worked for Essilor as manager of its Portuguese operations in 1986-91 and then ran its Italian subsidiary until 1999. In Brazil, Schmitt will succeed Yves Gillet who is moving to Spain to replace Essilor's local country manager, Juan Boix, who is retiring.