Pierre Monteil, former European sales and marketing manager of Ocular Sciences, has joined Menicon Europe as European business development manager. Run by Pierre Vilcot, the 25-year-old subsidiary of the eponymous Japanese firm had sales of nearly €10 million in 2002. It's responsible for sales in France, where it claims to be the largest supplier of rigid permeable contact lenses with 130,000 units in 2002, as well as Belgium, Luxembourg, Spain, Portugal, Greece and North Africa. It's also a major supplier of soft annual replacement lenses. A few months ago, Jochen Steines was promoted as general manager of Menicon's German subsidiary. His former position as sales and marketing manager has been taken up by Hans-Dieter Voigt, formerly responsible for sales in Southern Germany and Austria.