Paul Misiti Named COO at Lighthouse Guild

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Tuesday, November 10, 2020 12:18 AM NEW YORK—Paul Misiti has been named chief operating officer at Lighthouse Guild. Misiti is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of Lighthouse Guild and works closely with the CEO and staff to implement high priority initiatives.

Shopko Optical Expands Sales Leadership Team With Three New Regional Managers

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Monday, November 9, 2020 12:18 AM GREEN BAY, Wis.—Shopko Optical, a provider of patient-centric eyecare and quality eyewear, has announced that Lisa Cowan, Katherine Christy and Nancy Newstrom have joined the field leadership team as regional managers.

Keplr Vision Names Dr. Eric Schmidt and Dr. Jeff Lewis to Leadership Roles

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Thursday, November 5, 2020 12:24 AM BLOOMINGTON, Ill.—Keplr Vision announced this week the appointment of key eyecare opinion leaders Dr. Eric Schmidt to vice president of professional development and Dr. Jeff Lewis to director of school engagement.

PolyActiva Appoints Tracy Valorie, Former B+L Executive, to its Board

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Monday, November 2, 2020 12:18 AM MELBOURNE, Australia—PolyActiva, a clinical-stage ophthalmology biopharmaceutical company, has appointed Tracy Valorie, a highly experienced ophthalmic industry expert, as a new member to its board of directors.

Allergan Announces Updates to Eye Care Optometric Professional Relations Team

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Tuesday, October 20, 2020 12:27 AM MADISON, N.J.—Allergan Eye Care, protecting and preserving vision by creating innovative products and services for providers and patients for over 70 years, announced the retirement of Dave Gibson, associate VP of consumer eyecare and customer development, after 20 years of service.

CooperVision Promotes Michele Andrews, OD, to Vice President, Professional & Government Affairs

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Thursday, October 15, 2020 12:24 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—CooperVision Inc.  has promoted Michele Andrews, OD, to vice president, Professional & Government Affairs, Americas. In this newly created role, she is responsible for fostering collaboration between the company and eyecare professionals.

Hoya’s Celebrates ‘Visionaries’ With New Global Brand Positioning

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Monday, October 5, 2020 12:30 AM SINGAPORE—Hoya Vision Care is implementing a new global brand positioning that celebrates and underscores its commitment to working closely with eyecare professionals.

Shopko Optical Adds to its Team of ECPs and Opens New Illinois Location

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Thursday, October 1, 2020 12:18 AM GREEN BAY, Wis.—Shopko Optical,  a leading Midwest optical retailer, has completed a busy few months with several new optometrist hires and the addition of a new Illinois location. Shopko Optical, which was spun out of the 2019 bankruptcy of Shopko Stores, has provided eyecare services across the Midwest and Upper Midwest communities for over 40 years. Shopko Optical, which operates more than 80 locations, is the trade name of Shoptikal LLC, an affiliate of Monarch Alternative Capital LP. Monarch acquired Shopko Optical during bankruptcy proceedings in mid-2019, as VMAIL reported.

Keplr Vision Promotes Throne and Pistone in its Operations Group

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Tuesday, September 8, 2020 12:27 AM BLOOMINGTON, Ill.—Keplr Vision has announced the promotion of Sarah Throne to senior vice president of business operations and Shondra Pistone to vice president of operations. Keplr noted in its announcement that “in the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, both Sarah and Shondra worked tirelessly, providing leadership across the organization and overseeing initiatives that helped bring clinics back after all were shuttered for at least two weeks.” “The recent months have been filled with monumental challenges requiring real-time, complex decision making on a scale that no one could have ever predicted,” Keplr Vision chief operating officer Adam Rosengren said in the announcement. “These two individuals stepped up and worked tirelessly to help us weather the storm and ensure the safety of our patients and team members.”

Retina Consultants of America Announces Alliance With Minnesota’s VitreoRetinal Surgery, PA

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Thursday, September 3, 2020 12:18 AM SOUTHLAKE, Texas—Retina Consultants of America (RCA), a comprehensive physician management services organization, said Wednesday that it has established a new alliance with VitreoRetinal Surgery, PA, which is based in Minnesota but serves patients across the upper Midwest.

CooperVision Names Rajeev Garg, PhD, as Global Head of Myopia Management Strategy

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Tuesday, August 4, 2020 12:24 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—CooperVision on Monday announced the appointment of Rajeev Garg, PhD, as global head of myopia management strategy. In this newly created role, he leads various myopia-related initiatives, including market development, acquisitions and joint ventures, technology licensing, and lifecycle management in this growing segment of vision care. Garg brings more than 20 years of experience in driving innovation and growth in health care, including optometry and ophthalmology. He most recently served as executive director, surgical marketing at Bausch + Lomb, and previously held senior marketing roles within Johnson & Johnson’s cataract, contact lens and sterilization businesses. Earlier in his career, he focused on pharmaceutical development at Abbott and Merck.

Shopko Optical Names Richard Chapman as Vice President of Sales

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Thursday, July 16, 2020 12:24 AM GREEN BAY, Wis.—Shopko Optical, the 80-location optical retailer based here, has named Richard Chapman to its leadership team as vice president of sales. Chapman joins the company with more than 20 years of experience in both multi-store retail leadership and optical retail. As vice president of sales, Chapman will lead the retail sales efforts of Shopko Optical’s centers to deliver excellent customer service and patient care, according to an announcement this week from the company.

CooperVision Appoints Justin Kwan, OD, to North America Myopia Management Leadership Role

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Friday, June 26, 2020 12:24 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—CooperVision has named Justin Kwan, OD, FAAO, as senior manager, myopia management in its professional and academic affairs group. In this newly created role, Dr. Kwan will be responsible for supporting the growth of the company’s myopia management business across North America, according to the company’s announcement on Thursday. This includes its Brilliant Futures Myopia Management Program featuring MiSight 1 day, the first and only FDA-approved product clinically proven to slow the progression of myopia when initially prescribed for children 8 to 12 years old in the U.S.

Shopko Optical Expands Team of Optometrists in Several Regions

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Monday, June 22, 2020 12:18 AM GREEN BAY, Wis.—Shopko Optical has added to its professional staff in several Midwest markets, according to recent announcements. Most recently, the optical retailer noted that Melinda Kennel, OD, has joined its team of optometrists in Nebraska. She will see patients in or near the Norfolk, Neb., area and has specialties in contact lens fitting, primary care, pediatric vision and vision therapy. “Dr. Kennel has a lifelong passion for eye care, and we are thrilled to have her join our exceptional staff of optometrists,” Shopko Optical chief executive officer Russ Steinhorst said in the announcement.

CooperVision Names Simon Seshadri to Lead Global Marketing

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Friday, June 19, 2020 12:24 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—CooperVision has named Simon Seshadri as senior vice president, global marketing, effective immediately. He is responsible for executive leadership and management for the company’s global marketing organization.