Bollé Brands Appoints Three Leadership Positions to Accelerate North American Growth

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Friday, May 13, 2022 12:18 AM CARLSBAD, Calif.—Bollé Brands Group, which distributes Bollé, Serengeti and Bollé Safety, added to its portfolio in 2019 with the acquisition of Spy Optics, as reported by VMAIL. The Group is now appointing three key industry executives to leadership roles within the organization to strengthen its foothold in the North American market.

Sustainable Eyewear Brand, Karun, Launches in U.S. With Jeff LaPlante Heading Sales

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Thursday, May 5, 2022 12:24 AM MIAMI—Karun, a sustainable eyewear brand based in Patagonia, Chile, is launching into the U.S. under the guidance of optical industry veteran Jeff LaPlante, who is directing the company’s sales efforts. Known mostly in Europe and South America, Karun was recently awarded “Most Sustainable Eyewear Brand” by Global Brands Magazine.

GSRx Names Midwest Territory Managers

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Thursday, May 5, 2022 12:21 AM SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.—GSRx, Inc. has named Ryan Burns and Michaela Matuska as the Midwest territory managers for accounts in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, Illinois and Southern Minnesota. Burns and Matuska will fill and expand the territory of the late GSRx Midwest territory manager, Scott Bauserman. Burns comes to GSRx with 18 years of industry experience after roles in inside sales, customer marketing and outside sales. Matuska joins GSRx with a lifetime of exposure to the optical world. Her professional career has included both inside and outside sales positions for optical manufacturers and distributors.

Johnson & Johnson Vision Appoints Peter Menziuso as Company Group Chairman

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Wednesday, May 4, 2022 12:33 AM JACKSONVILLE, Fla. and SANTA ANA, Calif.—Johnson & Johnson Vision, a global eye health company and part of Johnson & Johnson MedTech, has named Peter Menziuso as company group chairman, according to an announcement Tuesday. Menziuso now leads the full Johnson & Johnson Vision portfolio, which offers solutions designed to provide healthy sight for life. This includes world-leading brands such as Acuvue contact lenses, Tecnis family of intraocular lenses and TearScience LipiFlow, among other brands and products.

VSP Vision Names Greg Hare President of Visionworks

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Wednesday, May 4, 2022 12:24 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—VSP Vision has promoted Greg Hare to president of Visionworks, according to an announcement today.

The Vision Council Grows Government Relations Team With Addition of Omar Elkhatib as Government Relations Manager

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Wednesday, May 4, 2022 12:18 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council has appointed Omar Elkhatib as the organization’s new Government Relations Manager. In this role, he will work closely with The Vision Council’s federal affairs partners at Venable, regulatory counsel Rick Van Arnam and serve as the staff liaison to the Government and Regulatory Affairs Committee. Elkhatib will report to Michael Vitale, The Vision Council’s vice president of Membership and Technical Affairs.

ASCO Names David O’Donnell as Director of Development

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Wednesday, May 4, 2022 12:15 AM ROCKVILLE, Md.—The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) announced that David O’Donnell has joined the organization as director of development. “I, along with the rest of ASCO’s employees and our board of directors, welcome David to ASCO,” said Dawn Mancuso, ASCO’s executive vice president/CEO. “Throughout his 20-year professional career, David has excelled as an entrepreneurial leader who has utilized his unique ability to connect with donors and boards to secure over $100,000,000 for non-profit organizations and campaigns across the country.”

Visioneering Technologies Inc. Announces Changes to Commercial Organization

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Friday, April 29, 2022 12:21 AM ALPHARETTA, Ga.—Visioneering Technologies, Inc. (ASX: VTI), the Alpharetta, Ga.-based medical device company and producer of the NaturalVue Enhanced Multifocal 1 Day Contact Lenses, has announced several changes to the commercial organization within the company.

CORE Expands Specialty Contact Lens Expertise With Appointment of Dr. Rosa Yang

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Wednesday, April 27, 2022 12:15 AM WATERLOO, Ontario—The Centre for Ocular Research & Education has appointed Rosa Yang, OD, FAAO, as a clinical research associate, a move that supports the growing use of specialty contact lenses worldwide, according to a recent announcement. Dr. Yang also serves as a clinical instructor at the University of Waterloo School of Optometry & Vision Science and is a practicing optometrist in the Greater Toronto Area. CORE’s specialty contact lens-related work spans a range of program areas, including design optimization for orthokeratology, scleral lens physiological performance, and the impact of scleral lenses on ocular surface disease and dry eye management.

Sherianne James Named Chief Marketing Officer and SVP of Wholesale Marketing for EssilorLuxottica N.A.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2022 12:24 AM NEW YORK—EssilorLuxottica announced that it has named Sherianne James as chief marketing officer and senior vice president of wholesale marketing for North America. An accomplished leader with over 25 years of marketing experience, James will now lead EssilorLuxottica’s combined commercial marketing efforts across N.A.

EssilorLuxottica Announces New Leadership Team for GrandVision Retail Group as Stephan Borchert Steps Down as CEO

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Monday, April 18, 2022 12:24 AM CHARENTON-LE-PONT, France, and SCHIPHOL, The Netherlands—With its acquisition of GrandVision completed, EssilorLuxottica (Euronext: EL) announced Friday that it has made changes to the GrandVision management team. Stephan Borchert and Willem Eelman have decided to step down from their roles as chief executive officer and chief financial officer of GrandVision, respectively, effective April 22.

Shamir Insight Announces Changes in Executive Leadership

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Monday, April 18, 2022 12:21 AM SAN DIEGO, Calif.—Shamir Insight announced several changes in its executive leadership, effective April 1. Pierson Ball, the company’s director of business and strategic development has been appointed vice president of sales.

Safilo Group Names Francesco Rinaldi Ceroni New President and Chief Commercial Officer for North American Market

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Thursday, April 14, 2022 12:00 PM PADUA, Italy—Safilo Group (SFLG.MI), one of the eyewear industry’s principal players in the design, manufacturing and distribution of optical frames, sunglasses, sports eyewear, goggles and helmets, has appointed Francesco Rinaldi Ceroni as the president and chief commercial officer for the North American market, effective from June 1, 2022, following the retirement of Steve Wright. Rinaldi Ceroni, who has extensive wholesale and retail experience in the eyewear industry, having also served as VP, international strategy & business development at Costa Del Mar during a significant period of expansion, joined Safilo in June 2020 as global general manager of Smith Optics, today the biggest brand in Safilo’s portfolio.

Cognivue Appoints Douglas L. Beck, Au.D., as Vice President of Clinical Sciences

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Thursday, April 14, 2022 12:15 AM ROCHESTER, N.Y.—Neuroscience company Cognivue Inc. has appointed Dr. Douglas L. Beck as vice president of clinical sciences.

ABB Optical Group Organizes Fundraiser to Support Humanitarian Efforts for Ukraine

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Wednesday, April 13, 2022 12:15 AM CORAL SPRINGS, Fla.—ABB Optical Group has announced, in light of the devastating humanitarian crisis in  Ukraine, that they have organized a fundraiser with the international organization, Caritas to raise critical funds that will help with health care, food, and shelter for those fighting for freedom and basic human rights. ABB intends to donate thousands of dollars and will be matching, dollar for dollar, all employee donations and is also looking to match a portion of industry donations. ABB Optical has an office close to the Ukraine border in Slovakia, with many of its Slovakian employees seeing firsthand the impact of this crisis.