Nouveau Eyewear, based in Texas, has hired Jim Slattery as its vice president for Umbro Eyewear. Slatterly is a former vice president for marketing and sales at Liberty Optical. He will be responsible for helping the company explore global opportunities for distribution as it prepares for dramatic expansion of Umbro Eyewear. Slatterly's role will include developing sales, marketing and product strategies for the launch of Umbro Eyewear, along with developing new accounts and working with existing customers. The line, featuring designs inspired by the Umbro soccer brand, is due to be launched in January 2009, as reported in the previous EyeWear Intelligence.