Kristen Dalli Joins Jobson as Managing Editor of Review of Myopia Management

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Friday, February 26, 2021 12:18 AM NEW YORK—Jobson Medical Information announced that Kristen Dalli will be joining Review of Myopia Management (RMM) as the managing editor. In her new role, Dalli will be working directly with John Sailer, editor-in-chief.

Bausch Health Adds Two Icahn-Designated Directors to its Board, as Company Outperforms 2020 Revenue Guidance

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Thursday, February 25, 2021 12:27 AM LAVAL, Quebec—Bausch Health Companies Inc. (NYSE/TSX: BHC) will expand its board of directors with the addition of two designees from the Carl Icahn Group as part of an agreement with the investor's group, which said earlier this month that it has increased its ownership stake in the health care company to almost 8 percent. In a separate announcement Wednesday, Bausch reported that “despite unprecedented business challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic … Bausch Health finished the year strong and outperformed the high end of [its] latest revenue guidance range.”

Health Care Alliance for Patient Safety Names Teitelbaum as Executive Director

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Thursday, February 25, 2021 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Health Care Alliance for Patient Safety (APS), an organization founded in 2018 to advocate for both patient safety and a strong doctor-patient relationship, has named Alison Teitelbaum, MS, MPH, CAE, as its new executive director.

EssilorLuxottica Board of Directors Proposes Nominees to the New Board

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Thursday, February 25, 2021 12:18 AM CHARENTON-LE-PONT, France—During a meeting of the EssilorLuxottica board of directors on Wednesday, it was decided to propose the nomination of 12 individuals to compose its future board of directors, including Leonardo Del Vecchio, as a non-independent director.

Silmo Salutes the Late Bernard Maitenaz for His Contributions

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Thursday, February 25, 2021 12:15 AM PARIS—The chairwoman of Silmo Paris, Amélie Morel, and the Silmo executive board were sad to learn of the passing of Bernard Maitenaz. Calling him "the clairvoyant," they noted, "he was an extraordinary figure whose contributions to eye health are acclaimed by the entire profession."They issued a salute yesterday to Maitenaz, the inventor of the Varilux progressive lens that improved the lives of millions of presbyopes globally and redefined an entire industry, as VMAIL reported earlier this week.

Essilor Mourns Passing of Bernard Maitenaz, Inventor of the First Varilux Progressive Lens

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021 12:24 AM CHARENTON-LE-PONT, France—Essilor announced that Bernard Maitenaz, the inventor of the Varilux progressive lens that improved the lives of millions of presbyopes globally and redefined an entire industry, has passed away in his home city of Paris, at the age of 94.

ClinicCover Debuts as a New Software Platform for a New Optometry Work Economy

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Monday, February 22, 2021 12:18 AM MADISON, Wis.—With more optometrists choosing when, how, and where they practice, a new software platform called ClinicCover has been launched to connect eyecare professionals with patients served by eyecare businesses, the new company's executives stated.

Clear Sight Partners Adds Three New Members to Executive Management Team

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Thursday, February 18, 2021 12:27 AM TAMPA, Fla.—Last month, as VMAIL reported, Spanos Barber Jesse & Co. announced that it completed a partnership with five vision practices to form Clear Sight Partners, LLC and announced Brian Hauser as chief executive officer. Hauser is building his executive management team and has brought three health care leaders to the group, including Tracy Bittner as vice president of human resources, Chris Brisch as vice president of finance and Shanna Tumbleson as vice president of marketing.

CooperVision Specialty EyeCare Names Marie Blanchard as Global Lead for the Irregular Cornea Category

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Thursday, February 18, 2021 12:21 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—CooperVision Specialty EyeCare has named Marie-Christine Blanchard as global lead, irregular cornea.

Ralph Kent, an Industry Veteran Known for His Technical Mastery, Dies at 70

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Thursday, February 18, 2021 12:18 AM GETTYSBURG, Pa.—Ralph Garman Kent, Jr., an optical industry veteran whose diverse career spanned nearly five decades, died on Feb. 14, 2021 at Gettysburg Hospital here.

VSP Global Names Dr. Mary Anne Murphy as New Board Chair

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Wednesday, February 17, 2021 12:21 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—The board of directors at VSP Global has named Mary Anne C. Murphy, OD, chair of the board for a two-year term. Dr. Murphy previously served as the vice chair and has been on VSP Global’s board for the past six years.

Ocular Partners Names Jeff Freedman as Chief Executive Officer, Michael Brown as Chief Financial Officer

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Wednesday, February 17, 2021 12:15 AM CHICAGO—Ocular Partners Inc., a leading physician-led eyecare group in greater Chicago, has named Jeff Freedman as chief executive officer and hired Michael Brown as chief financial officer, according to a recent announcement. Ocular Partners is supported by private equity investor groups MoonSail Capital and Plenary Partners. As chief executive, Freedman’s primary focus will be growing the company's footprint by leveraging its position as the clinical and surgical leader in ophthalmic treatment within Chicagoland, according to Ocular chairman Dr. Osvaldo Lopez.

IDOC Announces Strategic Consulting Partnership With Diversity Perspective ODs to Increase Adoption of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Principles

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Tuesday, February 16, 2021 12:27 AM NORWALK, Conn.—IDOC, has announced a new strategic partnership with two of the eyecare industry’s noteworthy diversity leaders, Dr. Darryl Glover of Durham, N.C. and Dr. Adam Ramsey of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. The two independent ODs and founding members of Diversity Perspective will create and share strategic recommendations with the IDOC management team designed to increase the adoption of diversity, equity, and inclusion principles.

Vision Expo and the National Optometric Association to Host Virtual EYE2EYE Series Spotlighting 5 Black Eyewear Entrepreneurs for Black History Month; NOA to Host More Virtual Events

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Friday, February 12, 2021 12:24 AM Vision Expo and NOA to host EYE2EYE series, Transitions Optical’s Pulse meeting, Northeast optical sales dip, Kate Renwick-Espinosa to head up VSP Vision Care and WebMD fights vaccine misinformation all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

Eyemart Express Will Pay Frontline Associates Bonuses for Receiving COVID-19 Vaccinations

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Friday, February 12, 2021 12:18 AM DALLAS—In an effort to support its employees who want to receive a COVID-19 vaccination, Eyemart Express said Thursday it would pay bonuses to those frontline associates who receive the vaccine.