IDOC Adds Three Executive Board Members to Advise and Support Long-Term Growth Strategies

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Friday, January 22, 2021 12:24 AM NORWALK, Conn.—Following a six-month candidate search, IDOC said it has added three new members to its board of directors.

James Reid Named CEO of Versant Health, a MetLife Company, as Kirk Rothrock Announces Retirement

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Friday, January 15, 2021 12:30 AM Versant Health names new CEO, Aflac adds vision and dental insurance, optical sales continue resurgence, EyeSouth Partners expands network and EyeCare Partners adds Texas practices all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

Samsara Vision Appoints Three New Members to the Board of Directors

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021 12:18 AM FAR HILLS, N.J.— Samsara Vision, previously known as VisionCare Inc., has announced the appointment of three new members to its board of directors: Jonathan H. Talamo, MD, Tracy M. Valorie, and David Schiff.

Optical Industry Veteran Erik Ritchie Joins EnChroma as CEO

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Monday, January 11, 2021 12:27 AM BERKELEY, Calif.—EnChroma, creators of EnChroma eyewear for color blindness, has named Erik Ritchie as CEO. Ritchie brings 25 years of business management experience to EnChroma.

Coburn Technologies Names Christopher Lentocha as Director of Service

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Monday, January 11, 2021 12:21 AM SOUTH WINDSOR, Conn.—Coburn Technologies has named Christopher Lentocha as director of service. Lentocha will lead and implement Coburn’s service plans for their U.S. and Latin America markets.

Charmant Promotes Bill Hurst to Vice President of Sales

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Friday, January 8, 2021 12:18 AM MORRIS PLAINS, NJ—Charmant has announced the promotion of Bill Hurst to the position of vice president of sales, following the retirement of Jean Simone, who held the position of vice president of sales for the past seven years.

ReFocus Eye Health Adds Dr. Brittany Strebig to its Meriden and Bloomfield Practices

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Tuesday, December 29, 2020 12:15 AM WATERBURY, Conn.—ReFocus Eye Health has announced that Brittany Strebig, OD, has joined its health care professional team.

Prism Vision Group Moves Headquarters to Berkeley Heights, N.J.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2020 12:18 AM BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J.— Prism Vision Group, a leading vertically integrated eyecare services organization in the Mid-Atlantic region, has moved its corporate headquarters from Union, N.J., to 420 Mountain Avenue in Berkeley Heights, N.J.

Shopko Optical Ends Year With Influx of New ECP Hires and Sets Plan to Open 50 or More Optical Centers in 2021

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Thursday, December 17, 2020 12:30 AM GREEN BAY, Wis.—As the challenging 2020 year comes to an end, Shopko Optical noted in an announcement this week that it managed to maintain “steady growth in hiring qualified optometrists and expanding its optical centers during a tumultuous year.” The optical retailer opened 11 centers within new and existing markets in 2020 while also hiring 40 optometrists. Shopko Optical, an affiliate of Monarch Alternative Capital since mid-2019, currently has 92 optical centers across the Midwest and Far West.

A. Thomas Bender and Allan E. Rubenstein, MD, to Retire from CooperCompanies’ Board

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Monday, December 14, 2020 12:24 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—CooperCompanies (NYSE:COO) announced that A. Thomas Bender and Allan E. Rubenstein, MD, have decided to retire and will not stand for re-election at the annual meeting of stockholders in March 2021.

Inspecs Group PLC Appoints Steve Tulba to Managing Director of Inspecs Division

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Friday, December 11, 2020 12:21 AM BATH, England—Inspecs Group PLC (LSE: SPEC), a leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of eyewear frames, announced that it has appointed Steve Tulba to managing director of its Inspecs division.

SVS Vision Names Lisa Garity as Vice President of Marketing

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Thursday, December 10, 2020 12:21 AM MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich.—SVS Vision has announced that Lisa Garity has joined the organization as vice president of marketing. In this role, Garity will lead the company’s marketing function including strategic brand management, advertising and media, digital marketing, creative and sales promotion, according to the announcement this week from the company. Garity brings 30 years of advertising and marketing experience to the position. Most recently she was a senior vice president at Daniel Brian Advertising (DBA) in Michigan.

Walmart Names Dr. Cheryl Pegus as Executive Vice President of Health & Wellness

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Monday, December 7, 2020 12:36 AM BENTONVILLE, Ark.—Walmart has named Dr. Cheryl Pegus as executive vice president, health and wellness. In this role, Dr. Pegus will “further develop Walmart’s bold health care vision, leading health and wellness across the Walmart enterprise,” the retailer said.

Noha Abdalla Joins MyEyeDr. Leadership Team as Chief Marketing Officer

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020 12:27 AM VIENNA, Va.—MyEyeDr. has announced the newest member of its leadership team, Noha Abdalla, who joined the company as chief marketing officer on Nov. 30. Sue Downes, MyEyeDr. CEO, said, “I am excited to have Noha’s talents on our team and the opportunity to work closely with her to lead our marketing innovation and digitization efforts. We know that her skills and talents will accelerate our efforts in creating the next generation patient experience.” Downes added, “Noha brings to MyEyeDr. strong functional leadership, a focus on service experiences, significant experience building teams and running marketing efforts.”

FYidoctors Names Verret as VP of Digital and Brand as it Moves to Provide a ‘Superior Digital Experience to Consumers’

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020 12:24 AM CALGARY, Alberta—FYidoctors, a leading optometrist-controlled eyecare company, said it has named Elara Verret to its leadership team in the role of vice president, digital and brand.