Xavier Lafosse has been appointed as worldwide business technology manager of Corning's ophthalmic business. Based at its R&D center in Fontainbleau, France, he reports to Vivian Gernand, the new vice president and general manager of the division. Lafosse has spent 7 years with Corning, where he ran the initial R&D project for SunSensors photochromic lenses.