Keplr Vision Hires Industry Veteran Claude Labeeuw to Lead Business Development

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BLOOMINGTON, Ill.—Keplr Vision, the new company formed in late July to combine the former Total Eye Care Partners and Visionary Eye Partners under a single management platform—has named optical industry veteran Claude Labeeuw as senior vice president and head of business development. Labeeuw, an optometrist and economist by education, has focused his career on growing businesses in the eyecare industry, according to the announcement this week. Keplr announced its new name and structure a week ago, as VMAIL reported.

During a long and successful tenure at Carl Zeiss Vision, Labeeuw helped lead acquisition efforts, partnership developments and new product launches.

“Following our successful merger of Total ECP and Visionary Eye Partners into Keplr, we are now teed up for immediate accelerated growth,” Keplr chief executive officer Nick Williams said in the announcement. “Bringing Claude aboard allows us to super charge our messaging to ODs interested in exploring an exit strategy or partnership with Keplr Vision. There are few people of Claude’s experience and caliber in this industry, and we are immensely grateful and excited that he chose to join the Keplr team.”

Keplr currently has 83 clinics across 19 states under management and is a portfolio company of Toronto-based Imperial Capital. Inquiries to Keplr can be made at www.keplrvision.com.