Allergan Announces Leadership Changes Within its Eyecare Group, as Jag Dosanjh Takes on New Senior Position

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Thursday, January 20, 2022 12:24 AM NORTH CHICAGO, Ill.—Allergan, an AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV) company, announced this week a series of executive changes within the leadership of its eyecare group that the company said will “continue to bolster its long-standing service and commitment to the eyecare community, [and] which will position Allergan for continued innovation to help address unmet patient need.” Among the changes, Allergan said that Jag Dosanjh, formerly senior vice president, medical therapeutics, has been appointed to a newly created role of president, U.S. Neuroscience and Eyecare.

Williams Group Announces CEO Retirement and Succession Plan

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Thursday, January 20, 2022 12:21 AM LINCOLN, Neb.—Williams Group, a leading practice management consulting firm, has announced that Gilan L. Cockrell, OD, CEO, plans to retire at the end of January, 2022. The board of directors has appointed William (Bill) Nolan to succeed Dr. Cockrell as chief executive officer, effective Feb. 1. “On behalf of the board of directors, the management team, and Williams Group’s employees, we want to thank Dr. Cockrell for his leadership and impact of the past five years.” said Erwin Braun, Williams Group's chairperson.

Digital Diagnostics, Formerly IDx, Provides New Designation to Two Top Executives

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022 12:18 AM CORALVILLE, Iowa—Digital Diagnostics recently announced the designation of co-founder has been given to the company’s CEO and president/COO, John Bertrand and Seth Rainford, respectively after a board vote. The new designations follow the company name change from IDx to Digital Diagnostics. These C-suite updates recognize the growth plans and innovation as the company seeks to advance the use of artificial intelligence (AI) across additional clinical applications.

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the Optical Industry: Transitions Optical’s Diversity Advisory Board Creates Inspirational New Video

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Monday, January 17, 2022 9:30 AM NEW YORK—In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, four members of Transitions Optical’s Diversity Advisory Board  are sharing actionable ways eyecare professionals can foster diversity, equity and inclusion in their lives and careers in a new video, being shared for the first time today, on the national holiday honoring the leader. Viewers can understand the impact of the most visible spokesman and leader in the American Civil Rights Movement from conversations with Dr. Darryl Glover, Defocus Media and MyEyeDr., Dr. Essence Johnson, Black Eyecare Perspective, Dr. Janette Dumas Pepper, Southern College of Optometry and Dr. Devin Sasser, Eye Clarity. The Transitions Diversity Advisory Board members also share their dreams for the optical industry and world and how eyecare professionals can honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s principle of equality.

Business Outside Is Launched as New Executive Leadership and Business Facilitation Resource

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Thursday, January 13, 2022 12:18 AM BOULDER, Colo.—A new venture, Business Outside, is being launched by Bart Foster,  president and CEO, with a goal of "becoming the standard for leadership and business facilitation for the future of work, which will be hybrid and remote workforces that crave flexibility, but who still need the connection and culture of in-person interactions." BusinessOutside motivates people to get outside—literally and figuratively—outside in the great outdoors, and outside outdated corporate norms. “Teams are stuck ‘inside’—inside video calls, inside their corporate hierarchy, inside a mountain of email and meetings, and inside their self-imposed limitations on what’s possible,” said  Foster, founder of BusinessOutside.

Veteran Fundraising Executive Joins Optometry Giving Sight

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Wednesday, January 12, 2022 12:24 AM GOLDEN, Colo.—Optometry Giving Sight (OGS) announces Sharyn Gallatin as the new director of development, North America, and the retirement of Eric Anderson, director of donor engagement, North America.

Costa Sunglasses Names John Acosta Vice President of Marketing

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Wednesday, January 12, 2022 12:21 AM DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.—Costa Sunglasses has appointed industry veteran John Acosta as its vice president of marketing.

Former SOLA International Executive, Hedley Lawson, Retires

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Wednesday, January 12, 2022 12:15 AM SANTA ROSE, Calif.—Twenty-year senior corporate executive for SOLA Optical USA, Inc. and SOLA International, Inc., and long-time, highly-regarded optical industry advisor, contributing editor and professional speaker, Hedley Lawson, has announced his retirement. Lawson began his optical industry career in 1980 with SOLA Optical USA as director of human resources. He was a key member of the executive leadership team, serving in various senior management roles. He was instrumental in the integration of numerous acquisitions including Syntex Ophthalmics, Coburn and American Optical.

Show Organizers Announce Added Benefits and Deadline Extension for the Vision Expo Global Talent Search

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Tuesday, January 11, 2022 12:18 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The organizers of Vision Expo, The Vision Council and RX, announced that the deadline to apply for the second annual Vision Expo Global Talent Search has been extended to Monday, Jan. 17, 2022.

CORE Appoints Dr. Alex Hui as Head of Biosciences

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Monday, January 10, 2022 12:18 AM WATERLOO, Ontario—The Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE) has appointed Alex Hui, OD, PhD, FAAO, as head of Biosciences. Dr. Hui is currently a senior lecturer at the School of Optometry and Vision Science at UNSW Sydney.

Melinta Therapeutics President and CEO Christine Ann Miller Elected to Iveric Bio Board

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Monday, January 10, 2022 12:15 AM MORRISTOWN, N.J.—Melinta Therapeutics, LLC, a commercial-stage company providing innovative therapies for acute and life-threatening illnesses, announced that president and CEO Christine Ann Miller has been elected to the board of directors of Iveric Bio, Inc., effective immediately. Iveric Bio is a science-driven biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of novel treatments for retinal diseases with significant unmet medical needs. The company is committed to having a positive impact on patients’ lives by delivering high-quality, safe and effective treatments designed to address debilitating retina diseases including all stages of age-related macular degeneration, according to a statement from Melinta Therapeutics.

ABB Optical Group Awards $8,500 in Donations to Three Charities Through 7th Annual ABB Cares Program

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Wednesday, January 5, 2022 12:15 AM CORAL SPRINGS, Fla.—ABB Optical Group (ABB), a leading provider of optical products and business solutions in the eyecare industry, has announced that three non-profit organizations, nominated by eyecare professionals nationwide, will receive grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 for outstanding programming and community impact through the 7th Annual ABB Cares Program. Since the program’s inception in 2014, ABB has donated more than $70,000 in grants to non-profit organizations in the U.S. “Many non-profit organizations throughout the country were heavily impacted by the pandemic during the last 18 months,” said Tom Burke, chief executive officer of ABB Optical Group.

2021 Leadership Scholarship Winners Announced by the Optical Women’s Association

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Tuesday, December 28, 2021 12:21 AM DALLAS—The Optical Women’s Association (OWA) has announced the 2021 Leadership Scholarship awardees.