Aurion Biotech Appoints Tim Largen as VP of Manufacturing

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Friday, September 17, 2021 12:18 AM SEATTLE, BOSTON and TOKYO—Aurion Biotech, a clinical-stage biotech company that is developing a platform of advanced therapies to treat ocular diseases, has appointed Tim Largen as vice president of manufacturing. Largen, who is based in Seattle, will lead strategy and development of Aurion Biotech’s global cell manufacturing capabilities. His role will include managing Aurion Biotech’s internal team and as a division of CorneaGen, Inc., working with external teams at Cognate BioServices, Inc., a Charles River Company, and at S-RACMO, a joint venture of Sumitomo Chemical Company, Ltd., and Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma Company, Ltd., to help support cell production in the U.S. and Japan, respectively.

Neurolens Names Pierre Bertrand Chief Executive Officer

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Thursday, September 16, 2021 12:21 AM COPPELL, Texas—Neurolens announced that its board of directors has appointed Pierre Bertrand as chief executive officer.

Mondottica USA Names Dan Blessing Chief Commercial Officer of the Americas

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Wednesday, September 15, 2021 12:24 AM WARREN, N.J.—Mondottica USA has announced the addition of Dan Blessing to its executive management team in the role of chief commercial officer of the Americas. 

Shopko Optical Names Angelina Popovic, OD, as New Vice President of Medical and Professional Affairs

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Wednesday, September 15, 2021 12:21 AM GREEN BAY, Wis.—Shopko Optical, a provider of eyecare services across the Midwest for more than 40 years, has named Angelina Popovic, OD, to its leadership team as vice president of medical and professional affairs.

DAC Technologies Appoints New President and CEO

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Tuesday, September 14, 2021 12:36 AM GARLAND, Texas—DAC Technologies, based here, has named Will Daniels as their new president and CEO. A 26-year veteran of the optical industry, Daniels has served in various leadership roles in sales management, operations. He joined DAC in August, 2021 having previously served as head of global aftermarket operations for Satisloh in Wetzlar, Germany. Daniels succeeds Joe Ciochetto who, after four years as president and CEO of DAC Technologies, assumed a new leadership role within Essilor of America.

Treehouse Eyes Adds Jamie Cassidy as VP, Business Development

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Monday, September 13, 2021 12:18 AM BOULDER, Co—Treehouse Eyes has announced that industry veteran Jamie Cassidy has joined the company as VP, business development, to lead its aggressive growth acceleration plans. Cassidy has held leadership roles at CIBA Vision, Vision Source, the Power Practice and, most recently, as VP of business development and member support at Smile Source, which she helped grow to over 800 locations. In addition, Treehouse Eyes announced the addition of its 50th U.S. location, more than doubling its footprint in just the last year.

Europa Announces Promotions, Additions to Leadership Team

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Friday, September 10, 2021 12:18 AM CHICAGO—Europa has announced key promotions and new hires to its leadership team.

Versant Health Names Dan Dunkers to Lead Health Information Technology Team

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Wednesday, September 8, 2021 12:30 AM BALTIMORE—Versant Health, a leading national managed vision care company and wholly owned subsidiary of MetLife, has named Dan Dunkers as its senior vice president and chief information officer.

Luneau Welcomes Clinical Technology Specialist Jessica Masters

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Wednesday, September 8, 2021 12:15 AM BENSENVILLE, Ill.—Following Luneau Technology USA’s recent announcements about the growth of its clinical and service team, the company is further expanding the team with the addition of Jessica Masters, a clinical technology specialist (CTS) who will focus on its Visionix product line. In this newly created role, Masters will lead consultative dialogue with eyecare professionals to help them choose the right mix of refraction and screening technologies to elevate the patient experience and to meet their ROI goals, the company said.

AEG Vision Names Dr. Tom Arnold to Corporate Role as Award-Winning OD Announces Retirement from Practice

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Friday, September 3, 2021 12:21 AM DALLAS—AEG Vision announced this week that Dr. Tom Arnold, an award-winning, nationally recognized optometrist, will retire from his role at AEG’s Memorial Eye Center group of eyecare offices and take on a new role with AEG as a regional vice president, corporate development.

Classique Promotes Rod Scott to National Vice President of U.S. Sales

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Thursday, September 2, 2021 12:15 AM SAN DIEGO—Classique Eyewear has announced the promotion of Rod Scott from western regional sales manager to national vice president of U.S. sales.

Shopko Optical Names Kampstra as Chief Financial Officer

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Thursday, August 26, 2021 12:21 AM GREEN BAY, Wis.—Shopko Optical, a leader in providing eyecare services to communities for over 40 years, has named Bob Kampstra to its leadership team as the new chief financial officer.

Visus Therapeutics Appoints Industry Leaders Tracy Valorie and Dwight Moxie to Board of Directors

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Thursday, August 26, 2021 12:18 AM SEATTLE—Visus Therapeutics Inc. has appointed Tracy Valorie, former SVP and GM, U.S. ophthalmology Rx and surgical at Bausch + Lomb, and Dwight Moxie, SVP, general counsel and corporate secretary at Revance Therapeutics, to its board of directors.

EyeQue Closes Series C Funding Round, Bringing Total Capital Raised to $57 Million

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Wednesday, August 25, 2021 12:27 AM NEWARK, Calif.—EyeQue, a smartphone vision testing company, said it has closed a Series C funding round of about $40 million and now has raised more than $57 million in capital since the company was founded in 2015.

Innovative Eyewear Appoints Kristen Mclaughlin to its Board

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Wednesday, August 25, 2021 12:18 AM MIAMI, Fla.—Innovative Eyewear, developer of the Lucyd Bluetooth smart eyewear brand, has appointed optical industry veteran Kristen Mclaughlin to its board as a non-executive director. Mclaughlin has served as director of marketing for Silhouette International and brand manager for Daniel Swarovski Crystal Eyewear. In 2017, she was honored as one of the Most Influential Women in optical by Vision Monday. Commenting on Mclaughlin’s appointment to the company’s board, Harrison Gross, Innovative Eyewear co-founder and CEO said, “Her significant marketing achievements and operational experience are highly relevant as we seek to position Lucyd Lyte as the leading smart eyewear brand for prescription and sunglass users. Her appointment rounds out a diversified board dedicated to bringing smart eyewear mainstream."