CooperVision Specialty EyeCare Announces Regional Leaders in Transition That Strengthens Support for ECPs

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SAN RAMON, Calif.—CooperVision Specialty EyeCare has established a regional business structure to more closely integrate its portfolio of Paragon, Blanchard and Procornea specialty contact lens brands and to be closer to customers, according to an announcement Thursday. In conjunction, it has named three executives to regional leadership roles, further strengthening support for the growing number of eyecare professionals worldwide who fit specialty contact lenses, the announcement noted. The executives in the new leadership roles are:

• David Raimondo becomes head of CooperVision Specialty EyeCare Americas, based in Phoenix, Ariz. He joined CooperVision in 2013 and most recently led the company’s Latin America region. Before that, he held management positions in the pharmaceuticals sector in Europe and Latin America.

• Arthur Kung is appointed head of CooperVision Specialty EyeCare China, based in Shanghai. Before accepting this position, he was general manager, China, consumer maternal & pediatrics for Fonterra, the global dairy nutrition company.

• Alex Lamse becomes head of CooperVision Specialty EyeCare EMEA, based in Eerbeek, The Netherlands. He led Procornea’s expansion in China and continued as managing director following its acquisition by CooperVision. He also had served in management roles for ophthalmic device, pharmaceutical, diagnostic and clinical care organizations.

In conjunction, two highly respected industry veterans have moved into part-time roles with the company. Both will continue to lend their globally recognized expertise to the company while transitioning over the next year toward retirement:

• Jean Blanchard has shifted from running operations at his eponymous company to leading development and evolution of CooperVision Specialty EyeCare lenses for irregular cornea, building on his experience with Onefit and other keratoconus-focused products.

• Rich Jeffries, who formerly led the Paragon business, is now working alongside the recently acquired GP Specialists team as part of their CooperVision Specialty EyeCare onboarding, while also developing Asia-Pacific markets outside of China.

“Our expanding portfolio encompasses some of the world’s most beloved and extensively used specialty contact lens brands,” Juan Carlos Aragón, OD, president of CooperVision Specialty EyeCare, said in the announcement.

“The new structure and regional leadership will enhance our support for eyecare professionals and inspire further products and services innovation. Myopia management, irregular cornea and presbyopia management have significantly untapped potential for the profession and patients. Our goal is for CooperVision to remain at the forefront,” he said.

Customers should experience no near-term changes in ordering, consultation and pricing. As regional integrations progress, CooperVision Specialty EyeCare will provide regular updates to the thousands of eyecare professionals it serves, the announcement noted.

GP Specialists, which became part of the company in August 2020, remains an aligned yet separately managed business within CooperVision Specialty EyeCare.