Maureen Beddis, EVP of Membership & Strategic Initiatives, Will Leave The Vision Council

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Monday, October 3, 2022 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—In a communication sent to The Vision Council members on Friday morning, CEO Ashley Mills announced the departure of Maureen Beddis, The Vision Council’s executive vice president, Membership & Strategic Initiatives.

CooperVision Specialty EyeCare Appoints Weiwen Chen to Lead Asia-Pacific Region Expansion

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Tuesday, September 27, 2022 12:18 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—CooperVision Specialty EyeCare has named Weiwen Chen as business manager, Asia-Pacific. In this newly-created role, she will lead the organization’s rapid growth and category expansion across the region.

Smith Promotes Rob Retzlaff to Global VP of Sales

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Thursday, September 22, 2022 12:15 AM PORTLAND—Smith has announced the promotion of Rob Retzlaff to the role of global vice president of sales. Retzlaff joined Smith in 1999 as Canadian marketing manager to work on increasing brand reach and awareness across North America. Over the past two decades at Smith, Retzlaff has held numerous positions at the company including national sales manager for Canada and, most recently and for the past 14 years, general manager for Canada. In that time, Retzlaff worked alongside Smith’s CFO to roll out an industry-leading, cross-border direct shipping platform and expanded the integration into Smith headquarters.

Ocuco Appoints Clodagh Nic Canna as Chief Product Officer

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Friday, September 16, 2022 12:21 AM LARGO, Fla.—Optical software company Ocuco, has named Clodagh Nic Canna as chief product officer. Already a crucial part of Ocuco's corporate management team, Nic Canna has been leading the product development department for the past 12 years.

EssilorLuxottica NA Wholesale Elevates Sales Leadership to Serve Independent Optical Channel

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Thursday, September 15, 2022 12:33 AM NEW YORK—In order to continue growing its support for independent ECPs while leveraging the combined resources of the entire group, EssilorLuxottica N.A. has announced changes to its wholesale organization. Ludovic Ladreyt is named chief commercial officer – U.S. Optical.

Former RevolutionEHR Co-Founder and CTO Jim Schneider Joins RevCycle Partners

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Thursday, September 15, 2022 12:27 AM CHICAGO—Former RevolutionEHR co-founder and chief technology officer (CTO) Jim Schneider has joined RevCycle Partners as CTO. Schneider will lead the design and build out of a comprehensive RCM (Revenue Cycle Management) portal to support RevCycle Partners’ rapidly growing team.

Tim Abarta Named Chief Technology Officer of OptaZoom

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Friday, September 9, 2022 12:18 AM LOS ANGELES—OptaZoom announced that top technology executive, Tim Abarta, has been appointed chief technology officer, effective immediately. He will report to Aaron Kosman, CEO at OptaZoom. "Tim is a one of a kind in that he brings unmatched experience, countless trials, and errors as well as plenty of wins on his shoulders. His bold, optimistic perspective and unparalleled competence, will attract even more stellar talent to the team,” said Kosman.

Prominent Ophthalmologist Will Guide Turn Bio's Search for Therapies to Cure Eye Diseases

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Tuesday, August 30, 2022 12:15 AM MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—Turn Biotechnologies announced that Albert Wu, MD, PhD, will oversee its development of ophthalmic therapeutic products as an advisor to the company.

SCO Honors Dr. Glen Steele, its Longest-Serving Faculty Member, at Retirement

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Monday, August 29, 2022 12:15 AM MEMPHIS, Tenn.—After 53 years of service as a faculty member and pediatric vision provider, Glen “Bubba” Steele, OD, has retired from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis.

Zenni Announces Two New Key Hires to its C-Suite

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Friday, August 26, 2022 12:21 AM NOVATO, Calif.—Online eyewear retailer Zenni announced two new key hires to its C-suite to support the company’s continued growth.

MacuHealth Promotes Four Executives in Sales Group as Company Moves to Further Growth Trajectory

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Friday, August 26, 2022 12:18 AM BIRMINGHAM, Mich.—MacuHealth this week announced a series of promotions across it sales group that the company said are intended to “further the company’s trajectory of success.”

Versea Holdings’ New President, Rob Sambursky, MD, Will Lead Its Expansion into Ophthalmic Market

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Monday, August 22, 2022 12:18 AM TAMPA, Fla.—Versea Holdings, a health care company engaged in commercialization of innovative diagnostics, therapeutics, and health services, announced that Rob Sambursky, MD, has joined the company as president, effective August 5, 2022.

American Academy of Optometry Launches Nationwide Search for New Chief Executive Officer

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Friday, August 19, 2022 12:24 AM ORLANDO—The American Academy of Optometry (AAO) is in the midst of a search for a new chief executive officer, and is working toward filling the position by the end of the calendar year. AAO formed a six-person search committee in July to identify candidates for the position, and is working with an executive search firm in the recruitment process. In the meantime, chief financial officer/deputy chief executive officer Richard Jones is serving as interim chief executive officer throughout the search process, according to an AAO announcement. Jones has more than 20 years of nonprofit financial experience and been part of AAO’s management team for nearly a decade.

VSP Vision Names Thomas Burkhardt President of Marchon Eyewear

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Thursday, August 18, 2022 12:27 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—VSP Vision announced that it has promoted Thomas Burkhardt to president of Marchon Eyewear, Inc. Burkhardt most recently served as Marchon’s chief marketing officer and senior vice president of global brands, marketing and design. He will report to Earnie Franklin, chief operating officer of VSP Vison. Burkhardt succeeds Nicola Zotta, who led Marchon from 2016 until May of 2022, as reported by VMAIL. Prior to joining Marchon, Burkhardt served as vice president of global marketing for Coty, Inc., leading the Calvin Klein fragrance and cosmetic license.

Kits Eyecare Appoints Sabrina Liak as President, as Canadian Online Retailer Reports Strong Second Quarter Performance

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Wednesday, August 17, 2022 12:24 AM VANCOUVER—Kits Eyecare Ltd., a digital eyecare platform based here, said this week that it has appointed Sabrina Liak as president, adding to her existing role as chief financial officer.