Smith Names Taryn Ryan Global Head of Marketing

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Wednesday, January 26, 2022 12:18 AM PORTLAND, Oregon—Smith Optics has announced the appointment of Taryn Ryan as global head of marketing. Ryan brings over a decade of comprehensive brand and product go-to-market experience to Smith to help drive strategy, growth, brand awareness and loyalty across all aspects of the business. Ryan, a native of Cape Town, South Africa, joined Luxottica Group in 2008 as a buyer for Sunglass Hut and was promoted to business manager for the sport portfolio in 2010 with a focus on the Oakley brand across Africa and the Middle East.

The Vision Council’s Virtual Annual Business Meeting Spotlights Industry Trends and a New Board of Directors

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Tuesday, January 25, 2022 12:27 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council hosted its Annual Business Meeting in a virtual format yesterday, Monday January 24. Presented under the banner of “It’s All Connected,” the meeting included a welcome address from Karen Roberts, The Vision Council’s Chair, followed by remarks from Ashley Mills, CEO of The Vision Council. Additionally, an overview of the enhancements planned for The Vision Council’s 2022 research program was presented by Alysse Henkel, The Vision Council’s director of Research Data and Analytics. The Vision Council also inducted its 2022 Board of Directors during the meeting.

Hubble Contacts Appoints Elliot Baldini as Chief Marketing Officer

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Tuesday, January 25, 2022 12:21 AM NEW YORK—Vision Path Inc., parent company of Hubble Contacts and ContactsCart, has named Elliot Baldini chief marketing officer.

Dr. Yehia Hashad to Join Bausch + Lomb as EVP of R&D and Chief Medical Officer

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Friday, January 21, 2022 12:27 AM LAVAL, QC—Bausch Health Companies has announced that Dr. Yehia Hashad will join Bausch + Lomb Corp. as executive vice president of research & development (R&D) and chief medical officer (CMO), effective Jan. 31.

EssilorLuxottica Appoints New Member to its Board of Directors

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Friday, January 21, 2022 12:24 AM CHARENTON-LE-PONT, France—EssilorLuxottica (Reuters: ESLX.PA) said Thursday that during its board meeting held earlier in the day the directors appointed Virginie Mercier Pitre as a new director.

Foundation Fighting Blindness Promotes Jason Menzo to President and Chief Operating Officer

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Friday, January 21, 2022 12:21 AM COLUMBIA, Md.—The Foundation Fighting Blindness announced the promotion of Jason Menzo to president and chief operating officer, effective immediately.

Alcon Appoints New Leaders in the Asia Pacific Region

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Friday, January 21, 2022 12:18 AM SINGAPORE—Alcon, a global leader in eyecare, announced it has appointed Chintan Desai and Stephanie Waugh to lead the company’s Surgical and Vision Care franchises in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region. These new appointments reflect Alcon’s commitment to market-leading innovation and growth in the region. Both executives will build on Alcon's product pipeline, year-to-date performance, and strengthen innovation and commercial execution, driving Surgical and Vision Care sales growth in all categories, according to an announcement from the company.

Allergan Announces Leadership Changes Within its Eyecare Group, as Jag Dosanjh Takes on New Senior Position

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Thursday, January 20, 2022 12:24 AM NORTH CHICAGO, Ill.—Allergan, an AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV) company, announced this week a series of executive changes within the leadership of its eyecare group.

Williams Group Announces CEO Retirement and Succession Plan

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Thursday, January 20, 2022 12:21 AM LINCOLN, Neb.—Williams Group, a leading practice management consulting firm, has announced that Gilan L. Cockrell, OD, CEO, plans to retire at the end of January, 2022.

Veteran Fundraising Executive Joins Optometry Giving Sight

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Wednesday, January 12, 2022 12:24 AM GOLDEN, Colo.—Optometry Giving Sight (OGS) announces Sharyn Gallatin as the new director of development, North America, and the retirement of Eric Anderson, director of donor engagement, North America.

Costa Sunglasses Names John Acosta Vice President of Marketing

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Wednesday, January 12, 2022 12:21 AM DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.—Costa Sunglasses has appointed industry veteran John Acosta as its vice president of marketing.

Former SOLA International Executive, Hedley Lawson, Retires

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Wednesday, January 12, 2022 12:15 AM SANTA ROSE, Calif.—Twenty-year senior corporate executive for SOLA Optical USA, Inc. and SOLA International, Inc., and long-time, highly-regarded optical industry advisor, contributing editor and professional speaker, Hedley Lawson, has announced his retirement. Lawson began his optical industry career in 1980 with SOLA Optical USA as director of human resources. He was a key member of the executive leadership team, serving in various senior management roles. He was instrumental in the integration of numerous acquisitions including Syntex Ophthalmics, Coburn and American Optical.

CORE Appoints Dr. Alex Hui as Head of Biosciences

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Monday, January 10, 2022 12:18 AM WATERLOO, Ontario—The Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE) has appointed Alex Hui, OD, PhD, FAAO, as head of Biosciences. Dr. Hui is currently a senior lecturer at the School of Optometry and Vision Science at UNSW Sydney.

VSP Global Announces Leadership Organization Changes

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Monday, December 20, 2021 12:33 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—VSP Global is announcing today changes in its leadership organization, reflecting "a focus on continued growth and responding to marketplace needs." Michelle Skinner, chief network officer of VSP Global, will assume a new role as chief growth officer, leading a newly formed and centralized doctor-facing sales organization that includes sales teams from VSP Optics, Marchon Eyewear, Inc., Eyefinity and the enterprise’s global business development managers. She will oversee the execution of the VSP Global Premier Program strategy, lead provider relations outreach, strategic partnerships, and develop a local presence strategy designed to deepen relationships with doctors, clients and community business leaders across the country.

Aerie Pharmaceuticals Appoints Raj Kannan as Chief Executive Officer

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Monday, December 20, 2021 12:21 AM DURHAM, N.C.—Aerie Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:AERI), an ophthalmic pharmaceutical company, announced that Raj Kannan will join the company as chief executive officer and a director, effective Dec. 20, 2021. Benjamin F. McGraw, III, PharmD, executive chairman of Aerie’s board of directors, said that Kannan “brings a track record of building effective organizations and teams, launching and growing products in the U.S. and globally, building commercial operations, providing strategic direction to pipeline development and successfully guiding companies through important inflections in their growth trajectories.