VSP Global and Heart of America Eye Care Congress Select Recipient of First Dr. Frank D. Fontana Memorial Scholarship

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Wednesday, June 3, 2020 12:24 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—VSP Global and the Heart of America Eye Care Congress  have announced that Nicholas A. Holtzman, BS, MS, of the University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Optometry is the recipient of the inaugural Dr. Frank D. Fontana Memorial Scholarship. Holtzman received a $4,250 scholarship and a $750 travel grant to attend the 59th Annual Heart of America Eye Care Congress, according to the recent announcement. Holtzman, who is in his third year, is an active member of the American Optometric Student Association https://theaosa.org/ (AOSA).

Optometry Giving Sight Names New Executive Director, North America

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Tuesday, June 2, 2020 12:21 AM GOLDEN, Colo.—Optometry Giving Sight has announced the appointment of Anne Marie Hand, MPH, as its new executive director, North America. Hand assumed the role on June 1... Optometry Giving Sight, which supports eyecare projects in the developing world, has offices in Golden, Colorado and Calgary, Canada. Hand brings a wealth of non-profit management experience to Optometry Giving Sight, the announcement said, and comes to the organization from the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles, where she has been in a leadership position since 2011.

Eyecarrot Appoints Dr. Leonard Press as Chief Scientific Officer

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Monday, June 1, 2020 12:27 AM TORONTO and NEW YORK—Eyecarrot Innovations Corp. has appointed Dr. Leonard Press to chief scientific officer, according to an announcement from the company. Dr. Press has contributed to the company as its Director of Global Education supporting the development resources available to vision professionals through Binovi Academy and the Binovi Platform.

RestoringVision Appoints Kevin Hassey to its Board of Directors

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020 12:24 AM SAN RAFAEL, Calif.—RestoringVision, the largest global nonprofit provider of new reading glasses to people living in impoverished communities around the world, announced the appointment of Kevin Hassey to its board of directors. Hassey will serve along a list of optical industry leaders and business influencers to guide RestoringVision into a successful future, the organization said. “We are thrilled to welcome Kevin as a new director to the RestoringVision board,” said David Chute, chairman. “Kevin has served as an important advisor to RestoringVision since 2015. His extensive optical industry and philanthropic experience will be extremely beneficial in helping the organization continue to thrive and meet its rapidly growing distribution capacity.”

Operation Eyesight Universal Appoints Hedley Lawson to its U.S. Board of Directors

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Tuesday, May 5, 2020 12:15 AM SEATTLE, Wash.—Operation Eyesight Universal has appointed Hedley Lawson, global managing partner for Aligned Growth Partners, LLC, to its board.

Johnson & Johnson Vision Names Dr. Rajesh K. Rajpal as Chief Medical Officer and Global Head of Clinical and Medical Affairs

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Friday, April 24, 2020 12:24 AM JACKSONVILLE, Fla. and SANTA ANA, Calif.—Johnson & Johnson Vision has appointed Rajesh K. Rajpal, MD, as chief medical officer and global head of clinical and medical affairs.

Alcon Names Lisa Praeger as Vice President of U.S. Vision Care Sales

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020 12:22 AM FORT WORTH, Texas – Alcon has named longtime executive Lisa Praeger as its new vice president of U.S. vision care sales. She succeeds Ben Nobles, who has retired after 28 years at Alcon. The announcement came in a note distributed to eyecare professionals this week. Praeger joined Alcon in 1989 as a vision care sales representative in San Francisco, and she has held sales and leadership positions in pharma, vision care, surgical, and most recently, U.S. commercial operations.

RestoringVision Appoints David Chute as Chairman of the Board, Founder Mark Sachs Now Chairman Emeritus

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Monday, April 20, 2020 12:21 AM SAN RAFAEL, Calif.—RestoringVision has announced the appointment of David Chute as chairman of its board of directors.

TearClear Appoints Dempsey as Chief Executive Officer as it Moves Toward Global Marketing Strategy

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Friday, April 17, 2020 12:21 AM BOSTON—TearClear, a global ophthalmic pharmaceutical company, named Robert J. Dempsey chief executive officer.

Leo Lens Pharma Appoints Accomplished Ophthalmic Executive Dan Myers to Lead Company in Next Phase

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Thursday, April 16, 2020 12:18 AM SAN DIEGO—Leo Lens Pharma, an emerging pharmaceutical company focused on helping protect sight, has named Dan Myers CEO.

Versant Health Names Kristyn Parzynski as Vice President of Labor Sales

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020 12:21 AM BALTIMORE—Versant Health, a leading national managed eye health and vision plan company, has named Kristyn Parzynski as its new vice president, labor sales.

The Vision Council's Greg Chavez to Leave the Organization, Will Move to Dental Group

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Friday, April 3, 2020 12:15 AM ALEXANDRA, Va.—Greg Chavez, The Vision Council’s executive vice president of operations and membership, is moving on from the organization to assume a new position as CEO of The Dental Trade Alliance (DTA). Chavez has been with The Vision Council for 17 years.

Tom Coburn, U.S. Senator and Optical Industry Veteran, Dies at 72

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020 12:18 AM NEW YORK—Tom Coburn, an optical industry veteran who later gained prominence as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, died at his home here on March 28.

Shopko Optical Names Hengel as Director of Managed Vision Care

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Monday, March 30, 2020 12:24 AM GREEN BAY, Wis.—Shopko Optical has named Roberta Hengel to its management team as director of managed vision care. Hengel has worked in the managed care industry for more than 25 years and joins the team with proven experience in managed care network administration, contract negotiation, and developing growth strategies. Before accepting the position with Shopko Optical, Hengel served as director of managed care for UnitedHealth Group for more than 15 years. “I am pleased to welcome Roberta to the Shopko Optical team,” Kirk Lauterback, chief operating officer, said in a recent announcement. “Roberta’s unique experience will bring strong leadership and support with our insurance plan partners and enable us to provide additional benefits to our patients.”

Kemper Names Erich Sternberg as President of Life and Health Division

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Monday, March 23, 2020 12:15 AM CHICAGO—Kemper Corporation (NYSE: KMPR) announced that Erich Sternberg has joined the company as president of its Life and Health Division. Kemper is one of the nation’s leading specialized insurers. Sternberg will be based in Chicago and report to Joseph P. Lacher, Jr., Kemper’s president and chief executive officer. The executives that lead the Kemper Life and Kemper Health brands will report to Sternberg. “Erich’s extensive leadership experience in the industry, his deep understanding of the life and health business, and years of effective execution on relevant business strategy will be a tremendous asset to our company,” said Lacher.