Schneider, which makes ophthalmic and precision-optical surfacing machines, has named Kurt Atchison to be president of Schneider Optical Machines in Carrrollton, Texas. The post had been vacant for some time. Atchison will be in charge of the North American business for this large German supplier of free-form lens generators and other ophthalmic and precision optics equipment . He comes from National Optronics, where he was vice president for just over one year. Before that he was the vice president for sales and marketing at Satisloh North America, where he worked for about ten years. Schneider's total sales increased by more than 30 percent in 2007, reaching a level of more than €50 million, but the growth will slow down this year.