Two members of Essilor International's board of directors have resigned ahead of the company's planned merger with Luxottica. One of them, Henriette Fore, was recently appointed executive director of Unicef, starting on Jan. 1. Another director, Yi He, was representing Valoptec, the association of Essilor employees who are shareholders of the group. Essilor said it was inappropriate to nominate two new directors in view of the proposed combination with Luxottica. Fore had been nominated for a seat on the board of the future Essilor Luxottica group, and a new female director will be nominated to take her place.