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.

Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions Announces a New College of Optometry and Appoints Dr. Adam Hickenbotham as Dean

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Tuesday, October 20, 2020 12:21 AM PROVO, Utah—Addressing what it said is a shortage of optometry colleges in the western U.S., Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions will develop a new college of optometry with Adam Hickenbotham, OD, MPH, PhD, selected as the founding dean.

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.

Kenmark Eyewear Promotes Jason Wehlage to VP of Product and Design, Marissa Cundiff to VP of Marketing

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Tuesday, October 13, 2020 12:21 AM LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Kenmark Eyewear has announced the promotions of Jason Wehlage and Marissa Cundiff. Whelage, who began his career at Kenmark in 2001 as a design assistant, has held roles as product designer and director of product design.

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.

Marcolin Group Appoints Alessandro Beccarini as New Style and Product Development Director

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Tuesday, September 29, 2020 12:24 AM LONGARONE, Italy—Marcolin Group has announced the appointment of Alessandro Beccarini to the role of style and product development director for the Group.

WestGroupe Appoints Alexis Nyiro Director of Product and Marketing

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Thursday, September 24, 2020 12:24 AM MONTREAL, Canada—WestGroupe has announced that Alexis Nyiro has been promoted to director of product and marketing. Nyiro joined WestGroupe 11 years ago, and “has been instrumental in the design and development of WestGroupe’s product portfolio and has been an integral part of marketing our brands over the years,” the company said.

Bollé Brands Announces François Benaben as President of Sport and Luxury Division

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020 12:21 AM LYON, France—Bollé Brands has named François Benaben as the president of its sport and luxury division. Benaben, formerly vice president of the Rossignol Group for Europe, Asia and the Southern Hemisphere, has spent 14 years in several sales and category management positions at various companies.

Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association (NORA) Names New Executive and Advisory Board Officers

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020 12:15 AM MANALAPAN, N.J.—The Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association, International (NORA) announced the appointments of its new executive and advisory board members. For the executive board, DeAnn Fitzgerald, OD, assumes the position of president, succeeding Susan Daniel, OD, who now joins the NORA Advisory Board; Charles Shidlofsky, OD, FCOVD is appointed vice president; and Tanya Polec, OD, FNORA, FCOVD, joins the executive board as secretary/treasurer. Drs. Shirley Blanc and Melissa Zarn Urankar are new members of the NORA Advisory Board, joining returning members Patti Andrich, MA, OTR/L, COVT, CINPP , Shirley Ha, OD, FCOVD , and Gina Kim, MOT, OTR/L, CBIS. 

Sanitas Advisors Expands Executive Team

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Friday, September 18, 2020 12:15 AM BOULDER, Colo.—Moving to expand and optimize capabilities across the eyecare industry, Sanitas Advisors has announced the addition of John Walborn and Dr. Weslie Hamada to their team of strategic advisors. “I am proud of the team we are assembling and excited about building the future together,” said Bart Foster, founder and managing director. He added "Sanitas Advisors partners with organizations across the public and private sector to tackle their important challenges and help accelerate innovation," according to the announcement.

Naomi Kelman Appointed to National Vision’s Board of Directors

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020 12:15 AM DULUTH, Ga.—National Vision Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: EYE), appointed Naomi Kelman, former CEO and president at Willow, to its board of directors, effective Sept. 14. “We are so excited to have Naomi join our board of directors,” said Reade Fahs, CEO at National Vision. “We developed a deep respect for Naomi a decade ago—during the five years she so successfully ran Johnson and Johnson’s contact lens business for the Americas. Her subsequent experience in digital transformation and the development of disruptive products, along with her success at scaling health care models will be valuable to National Vision as we continue our growth trajectory.”

Global Optics President, Barbara Vitchus, to Retire September 30

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Friday, September 11, 2020 12:18 AM GREEN BAY, Wis.—Barbara Vitchus, who has served as general manager and president of Global Optics for the past nine years, is retiring, effective Sept. 30. She will continue to consult with Global Optics until the end of 2020, a company spokesperson said. Vitchus, who has an extensive background in operations management, finance, labor relations and contract negotiations, joined Global Optics in 2011. Under her leadership, the company undertook a number of key growth initiatives.

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.

Keplr Vision Establishes New Medical Advisory Board With Five Inaugural OD Members

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Wednesday, September 2, 2020 12:21 AM BLOOMINGTON, Ill.—Keplr Vision has announced the formation of its new Medical Advisory Board (MAB) and the appointment of five inaugural members.