Nikon Optical USA Names Everest Pandya as Director of Business Development

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Wednesday, April 7, 2021 12:24 AM DENVER, Colo.—Nikon Optical USA has appointed Everest Pandya as director of business development. Based here, he reports to Matthieu Geoffray, president of Nikon Optical North America, and works alongside Rick Davis, chief operating officer.

CooperCompanies Names New Chairman and Vice Chairman

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Thursday, March 25, 2021 12:21 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—CooperCompanies (NYSE: COO) announced that its board of directors elected Robert S. Weiss as chairman of the board and William A. Kozy as vice chairman and lead director. Both appointments became effective March 23, 2021.

Bausch Health Announces CFO Succession and Updates Spinoff Plans for Bausch + Lomb

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Friday, March 12, 2021 12:24 AM Bausch Health names succession CFO, GrandVision issues annual report, optical sales see gains, Tracker says, CooperVision announces “Best Practices” honorees and Safilo to use Eastman’s sustainable materials all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

Cazal Announces New Directive Direction Under Allan Rasmussen

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Friday, March 5, 2021 12:15 AM PASSAU, Germany—Cazal has announced that Katharina Schlager, the company’s former CEO and creative director, left the management of op Couture Brillen GmbH on November 30, 2020 and will carry on working for the company in an advisory capacity until the end of March. Schlager had been with Cazal for almost one year; she has been accompanying the firm from the outside as “creative free spirit” since the end of last year. Klaus Lippert, Cazal’s co-director, said, “We see this not as the end of a collaboration but as the beginning of exciting partnerships with artists, designers and other creative free spirits.”

Eye-Kraft Optical, Inc. Promotes Jason Sharpe to President and CEO

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021 12:15 AM ST. CLOUD, Minn.—Eye-Kraft Optical, based here, announced that Jason Sharpe will be promoted to president and CEO, effective March 8, 2021.

MacuHealth Adds to Marketing Team

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Monday, March 1, 2021 12:15 AM BIRMINGHAM, Mich.—MacuHealth has announced new additions to its marketing team, as well as promotions from within. New addition Caitlan Park will now serve as director of marketing, providing the overall strategy and targets for all companies, including MacuHealth's Content, Creative, SEO and Public Relations Departments. Caitlan brings her experience in marketing strategy and execution and will head the marketing campaigns for MacuHealth and other Avantius Group companies to optimize presence and awareness. Frederic Jouhet, founder and president of MacuHealth, said, “Caitlan has worked with several high-profile groups before joining MacuHealth in mid-2020. Upon arriving on the team, Caitlan made an immediate impact and will now spearhead a growing Marketing Team and Strategy.”

Bausch Health Adds Two Icahn-Designated Directors to its Board, as Company Outperforms 2020 Revenue Guidance

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Thursday, February 25, 2021 12:27 AM LAVAL, Quebec—Bausch Health Companies Inc. (NYSE/TSX: BHC) will expand its board of directors with the addition of two designees from the Carl Icahn Group as part of an agreement with the investor's group, which said earlier this month that it has increased its ownership stake in the health care company to almost 8 percent. In a separate announcement Wednesday, Bausch reported that “despite unprecedented business challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic … Bausch Health finished the year strong and outperformed the high end of [its] latest revenue guidance range.”

Health Care Alliance for Patient Safety Names Teitelbaum as Executive Director

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Thursday, February 25, 2021 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Health Care Alliance for Patient Safety (APS), an organization founded in 2018 to advocate for both patient safety and a strong doctor-patient relationship, has named Alison Teitelbaum, MS, MPH, CAE, as its new executive director.

EssilorLuxottica Board of Directors Proposes Nominees to the New Board

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Thursday, February 25, 2021 12:18 AM CHARENTON-LE-PONT, France—During a meeting of the EssilorLuxottica board of directors on Wednesday, it was decided to propose the nomination of 12 individuals to compose its future board of directors, including Leonardo Del Vecchio, as a non-independent director.

CooperVision Specialty EyeCare Names Marie Blanchard as Global Lead for the Irregular Cornea Category

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Thursday, February 18, 2021 12:21 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—CooperVision Specialty EyeCare has named Marie-Christine Blanchard as global lead, irregular cornea.

Ocular Partners Names Jeff Freedman as Chief Executive Officer, Michael Brown as Chief Financial Officer

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Wednesday, February 17, 2021 12:15 AM CHICAGO—Ocular Partners Inc., a leading physician-led eyecare group in greater Chicago, has named Jeff Freedman as chief executive officer and hired Michael Brown as chief financial officer, according to a recent announcement. Ocular Partners is supported by private equity investor groups MoonSail Capital and Plenary Partners. As chief executive, Freedman’s primary focus will be growing the company's footprint by leveraging its position as the clinical and surgical leader in ophthalmic treatment within Chicagoland, according to Ocular chairman Dr. Osvaldo Lopez.

New Look Vision Group Appoints Jean-François Lacasse as Vice President, Business Development

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Wednesday, February 3, 2021 12:24 AM MONTREAL—New Look Vision Group (TSX: BCI) has named Jean-François Lacasse as vice president, business development, according to an announcement on Tuesday.

Women In Optometry Welcomes New Board Members

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Wednesday, February 3, 2021 12:18 AM NEW YORK—Every year, six optometrists of varying backgrounds with different perspectives join the Women In Optometry (WO) advisory board to serve a two-year term. These ODs provide guidance and offer suggestions to the editorial team, and they’re integral to selecting that year’s Theia Awards of Excellence winners. “We are so grateful for the women ODs over the years who have served on the WO advisory board. They bring tremendous enthusiasm, great ideas and their unique or shared experiences and perspectives to our coverage,” said Marjolijn Bijlefeld, WO editor in chief. “Our content is more lively and robust as a direct result of their participation.”

1-800 Contacts Promotes Phil Bienert to President and Chief Marketing Officer

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Monday, February 1, 2021 12:24 AM DRAPER, Utah—1-800 Contacts has promoted chief marketing officer Phil Bienert to president and he will continue to hold the chief marketing officer role, as well, according to a spokeswoman. The move to president will expand Bienert’s role to include “broader business and operations responsibilities, in addition to CMO,” the spokeswoman noted. The move comes just a few months after the investment firm KKR agreed to acquire 1-800 Contacts from previous ownership group AEA Investors in a deal that Wall Street observers valued at about $3 billion, as VMAIL reported.

Reed Exhibitions and The Vision Council Establish the Alan J. Ritter Innovation Award, First Recipient Is New Open Your Eyes Scholarship Program

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Monday, February 1, 2021 12:15 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Vision Expo, in a joint effort funded between Reed Exhibitions and The Vision Council, has established the Alan C. Ritter Innovation Award. Inspired by Alan Ritter, a transformational leader in the vision care industry and one of the original founders of The Vision Council who passed away in July 2020, the annual award will bestow $10,000 to a person or group who seeks to continually bring progressive change to the vision industry. The recipient of the inaugural 2021 award is the Open Your Eyes Scholarship Program,  a recently launched 501(c)(3) charity created by The Vision Council through the Better Vision Institute, an Educational Foundation connected to the organization, to support high school students in marginalized communities throughout the U.S. who have an interest in pursuing a career in the optical industry.