Coburn Names New Sales Manager for Diagnostics Instruments

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019 12:18 AM SOUTH WINDSOR, Conn.—Coburn Technologies has named Ezequiel Lukin as national sales manager, with a specific focus on diagnostic instruments for the U.S. market. “Ezequiel is a great addition to our team,” according to vice president of sales, Wayne Labrecque. “Our diagnostics product line is an integral part of our business, and with a growing interest in our products, as well as new product development, we are confident Ezequiel will strategically build our business further.”

GrandVision Names Jorge Gervasi as Managing Director of its For Eyes Business Unit

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Friday, May 10, 2019 12:45 PM SCHIPHOL, The Netherlands—GrandVision N.V. (EURONEXT: GVNV) has named Jorge Gervasi as the new managing director of For Eyes, the company’s U.S. business division. The move was effective May 1, a GrandVision spokeswoman told VMAIL. Gervasi, an experienced retailer who has held senior level posts with GrandVision for several years, will take over the responsibilities previously handled by former For Eyes chief executive officer Jose Costa. Costa left the company on March 1, as VMAIL reported.

ASOA Names Janna Mullaney, COE, OCS, OSC 2019 President as Society Unveils New Brand

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019 12:15 AM SAN DIEGO, Calif.—The American Society of Ophthalmic Administrators (ASOA) has named Janna Mullaney, COE, OCS, OSC their 2019 president. She began her role during the ASOA Opening General Meeting on May 4, 2019. Janna Mullaney, of Katzen Eye Group in Maryland, brings more than 33 years of ophthalmic administration experience to her role as president of the ASOA. Her appointment comes at the same time as the ASOA is beginning a rebrand, unveiling their new logo and tagline: Your Practice. Our Passion.

Nick Mamalis, MD, Named 2019 ASCRS President as ASCRS Unveils New Branding

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019 12:21 AM SAN DIEGO, Calif.—Nick Mamalis, MD, a well-known ophthalmologist and longtime co-editor of the Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery, assumed his role as president of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) during the ASCRS meeting's opening general session here this past weekend. “This is a pivotal time to be taking the helm of ASCRS,” said Dr. Mamalis. “It has never been more important than today for us to come together to protect the interests of anterior segment surgeons and advance the profession of ophthalmology. ASCRS makes this possible, and I am honored and excited to play a leadership role in shaping our future.”

Kirk & Kirk Appoints Hugh Clark as Chairman

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019 12:21 AM LONDON—British eyewear company, Kirk & Kirk has announced that it has appointed Hugh Clark as chairman of the company in a move to continue the “strengthening of the Kirk & Kirk senior management team.”

Bausch + Lomb Names Barnard, Marschall to New U.S. Divisional Leadership Roles

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019 12:24 AM BRIDGEWATER, N.J.—Bausch + Lomb, a leading global eye health company, has appointed new leadership in its pharmaceuticals and consumer health care divisions in the U.S., according to an announcement Tuesday. The new appointees—Yolande Barnard and Chris Marschall—will oversee two of the company’s four business units, pharmaceuticals and consumer health care. Barnard, formerly vice president, marketing and sales, U.S. neurology, Bausch Health, will now serve as vice president and general manager, U.S. pharmaceuticals, Bausch + Lomb. 

Allegro Ophthalmics Appoints Marc Carlson and Rebecca Colbert to Board

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019 12:21 AM SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif.—Allegro Ophthalmics, a biopharmaceutical company focused on the treatment of ocular diseases, has appointed two independent members—Marc Carlson and Rebecca Colbert—to its board of directors, with Colbert serving as chairperson of the audit committee. Both Carlson and Colbert bringing extensive executive level commercial and financial leadership experience from both private and public companies, and will help lead the company’s strategy and direction as it expands its anti-integrin portfolio into new ocular therapeutic areas, according to a statement from Allegro.

ARVO Announces Student Travel Fellowship Recipients

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019 12:15 AM ORLANDO, Fla.—The American Academy of Optometry announced the recipients of the 2019 Student Travel Fellowship Awards. The travel fellowships, supported by Johnson and Johnson Vision Care, will allow five students to present their research at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) 2019 annual meeting. The American Academy of Optometry administers travel fellowships in order to encourage optometry students, optometric residents, and students in eye and vision related graduate programs to attend key national meetings and exchange scientific ideas on research.

GrandVision Announces Eelman as Successor to de Castro as Chief Financial Officer

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019 12:26 AM SCHIPHOL, The Netherlands—GrandVision NV announced that Paulo de Castro has resigned from his position as CFO and member of the management board, effective May 15, 2019.

Rev360 Appoints Shannon Thackray as Vice President of Human Resources

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019 12:15 AM Madison, Wis.—Rev360, the company that delivers RevolutionEHR and a suite of eyecare practice and advancement solutions to eyecare professionals throughout the U.S. and Canada, has named Shannon Collins Thackray as vice president of human resources. Thackray has a distinguished career in human resources, ranging from small start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, according to a recent Rev360 announcement. Thackray most recently was with Accenture, where she held several senior roles within human resources and recruiting.

Advancing Eyecare Names Brad Staley as Chief Executive Officer

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019 12:27 AM NORFOLK, Va.—Advancing Eyecare, a recently formed holding owned by private equity firm Atlantic Street Capital, has appointed Brad Staley as chief executive officer, effective immediately. Staley will oversee all operations of Advancing Eyecare's ophthalmic equipment industry business units: Lombart Instrument, Marco, INNOVA and Enhanced Medical Services, according to an announcement Monday. Staley is the first chief executive officer of Advancing Eyecare and will be responsible for each of the four individual companies under its ownership, a spokesman told VMAIL. David Marco and Bryan Bevin, a senior operating advisor to Atlantic Street Capital’s portfolio companies, will continue in their roles as co-chairman, the spokesman added.

Jeff Press Named Chief Creative Officer for Luxury Optical Holdings

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019 12:24 AM NEW YORK—Luxury Optical Holdings (LOH) has announced the promotion of Jeff Press to chief creative officer, overseeing product design and creative for Robert Marc NYC, Morgenthal Frederics,and its designer collaborations, including Oscar de la Renta and Monse. (LOH) is a leading designer and purveyor of independent eyewear with a global footprint.The company owns the Robert Marc NYC and Morgenthal Frederics brands and has the exclusive distribution rights for the Lunor brand in the U.S. LOH manufactures and distributes its handcrafted specialty frames and lenses in 28 eyewear boutiques throughout North America and through an expanding global wholesale network.

VSP Global Names Gordon Jennings, OD, New Chairman of the Board

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019 12:24 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—The board of directors at VSP Global has named Gordon Jennings, OD, as chairman of the board for a two-year term. Dr. Jennings previously served as the vice chairman. He has been in private practice in Wytheville, Virginia for more than 30 years, and has served on VSP Global’s board since 2010. "We are pleased to have Gordon lead the VSP Global board of directors,” said outgoing board chairman, Daniel L. Mannen, OD, FAAO.

Rev360 Names Corey Crawford as VP of Operations for RevolutionEHR

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019 12:17 AM MADISON, Wis.—In an ongoing commitment to create the world’s best-in-class electronic health records (EHR) software, Rev360 has named Corey Crawford as its vice president of operations for RevolutionEHR, a leading cloud-based EHR and practice management software for eyecare and the software platform of Rev360. Crawford previously was the director of product management for RevolutionEHR, but in his new role he’ll bring a wealth of industry experience to oversee a fusion of software solutions designed to meet the specific needs of the ECPs who use the product, according to an announcement Monday.

ABB Optical Group Announces Leadership Changes

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019 12:27 AM CORAL SPRINGS, Fla.—ABB Optical Group, a  provider of optical products and business services in the eyecare industry, announced changes to its leadership team and an addition to its board of directors.