Taking a position previously occupied by Joel Sandoz, Mark Phares has gone back to Smith Optics to serve as its new vice president of global sales. He had already spent 17 years with the U.S.-based Safilo subsidiary in various sales and management roles before leaving for OluKai, where he oversaw the shoe company's Western U.S. market for the past four years. Reporting to Steve Wright, chief commercial officer of Safilo, who is in charge of the global sports channel, Phares will split his time between his home in California and Smith's Pacific Design Center in Portland.