Richard Heppell.

CARLSBAD Calif.—Bollé Safety has announced the appointment of Richard Heppell as its new chief commercial officer. Part of the Bollé Brands group, Bollé Safety is the leading global brand in the PPE eyewear market with over 14 million wearers including construction and industrial workers across a number of sectors as well as first responders, military personnel, health care professionals, office workers and shooting enthusiasts across the world. Heppell is an accomplished executive with a long track-record in the safety and PPE industry spanning over 27 years of industry and leadership experience, the company said.

Heppell joins Bollé Safety from Showa, a leading integrated manufacturer of both medical and industrial PPE hand protection, where he was president and COO for America, Oceania and EMEA.

Peter Smith, CEO of Bollé Brands Group and president of Bollé Safety said, “We are delighted to have Richard join us at this important moment in our global growth journey. Richard’s appointment marks a pivotal milestone in the future development of the Bollé Safety business as we continue to expand our global footprint, signaling our commitment to delivering our vision to ensure that Bollé Safety is the world’s leading PPE eyewear company now and into the future.

"With his outstanding track-record in the industry, Richard joins a dynamic, stand-out leadership team currently revolutionizing our approach to business, helping to solidify and further our incredible product innovation pipeline with a relentless focus on the future,” Smith said.

Commenting on his appointment, Heppell said, “I am honored to be joining Bolle Safety’s knowledgeable, creative and committed team at such an exciting time for the business. I have long been a fan of the Bollé Safety brand, with a genuine admiration for their drive to innovate sustainably toward the future. I’m looking forward to working with the team in continuing the company’s proud history with a long-standing tradition for their trademark combination of quality, innovation, performance, fit and comfort.”
From its global headquarters in Lyon, France, Bollé Brands Group is a world leader in the design, conception and production of innovative and sustainable products that help people live life to the max, including safety eye protection, performance sport, lifestyle and fashion sunglasses, ski and bike helmets and goggles. The company’s safety division, Bollé Safety, provides innovative PPE eye protection with the most advanced technologies developed explicitly for protective eyewear and is a leading global manufacturer of protective eyewear worn by industrial workers across several sectors including construction, energy, pharma, automobile, and beauty and well-being, as well as first responders, military, health care professionals, shooting enthusiasts and hunters all around the world.