National Vision Holdings, Inc. Appoints Heather Cianfrocco to Board of Directors

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Thursday, July 25, 2019 12:18 AM DULUTH, Ga.—National Vision Holdings, Inc. (EYE) announced the appointment of Heather Cianfrocco, chief executive officer, UnitedHealthcare Community & State, a division of UnitedHealth Group, (NYSE: UNH), to its board of directors, effective July 24. Cianfrocco will serve on the board’s compensation committee.“We are thrilled to welcome Heather to our board of directors,” said Reade Fahs, CEO, National Vision Holdings, Inc. “She brings a deep expertise in the world of managed health care, clinical care strategy and operations, as well as experience in corporate and securities law specific to health care entities. Her unique and specific expertise couldn’t be better suited for our mission of increasing access to affordable eyecare and eyewear for budget-conscious Americans.”

Blackfin Names Filippo Pustetto Global Sales Director

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Monday, July 15, 2019 12:21 AM BELLUNO, Italy—Pramaor, the company specializing in the manufacture of high-end titanium eyewear under the Blackfin brand, has named Filippo Pustetto as its global sales director. Pustetto began his role on July 8, and will report directly to CEO Nicola Del Din. In this role, Pustetto will define and implement a new sales strategy consistent with Blackfin’s growth, sales, and profit objectives. He will also work on the development and management of the Blackfin sales force, which consists of 30 direct sales agents and 25 distributors in 35 countries.

Dr. Alan R. Morse Will Retire As President and CEO of Lighthouse Guild

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Friday, June 28, 2019 12:18 AM NEW YORK—James M. Dubin, chairman of the Board of Lighthouse Guild, announced Wednesday that Alan R. Morse, JD, PhD will be stepping down later this year as president and CEO of Lighthouse Guild after an extraordinary career of almost 52 years as a leader and innovator in the field of vision and health. “Dr. Morse is an innovator with a deep commitment to providing quality programs and services for people with vision loss,” said Dubin. “His leadership has changed how we as a society think about blindness and low vision.

ABB Optical Group Announces New Director of Strategic Partnerships

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019 12:18 AM CORAL SPRINGS, Fla.—ABB Optical Group, a leading provider of optical products and business services in the eyecare industry, announced that Mike Austin has joined the company as director of strategic partnerships. In his new position, Austin will be instrumental in identifying, developing and maximizing the relationships between ABB Optical and leading organizations in the optical industry. These relationships will focus on developing programs that focus on the ECP, the patients they serve and the teams that they lead, while delivering strategic value for the participating organizations, the company said.

Alcon Announces Clark as GM of U.S. Vision Care and Anderson as Director of Professional Education

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Friday, June 21, 2019 12:27 AM FORT WORTH, Texas—Alcon (SIX/NYSE:ALC) said this week that it has welcomed “two key additions to its U.S. vision care team.” They are: Sean Clark, who was appointed general manager, U.S. vision care, and Dr. Kristin Anderson, who joined Alcon as the director of professional education, U.S. vision care and dry eye. The announcement came as Alcon issued its schedule of events for this week meeting of the American Optometric Association (AOA) at Optometry’s Meeting in St. Louis.

EnChroma Expands Leadership Team, Adds Over 100 New Retail Partners

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Friday, June 21, 2019 12:24 AM BERKELEY, Calif. & ST. LOUIS—At the annual meeting of the American Optometric Association, EnChroma, announced yesterday the addition of three experienced executives to the company’s leadership team, and significant growth in its domestic and international retail channels. Since last year, the number of vision practices offering EnChroma eyewear to their color blind patients by joining the EnChroma Authorized Retailer Network has nearly doubled to over 250, and is growing, the company said in a statement. The practices are in the U.S., Canada and Europe.

Rev360 Names John Fowle New Chief Financial Officer

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Friday, June 21, 2019 12:21 AM MADISON, Wis.—Rev360 has announced the addition of John Fowle as the company’s new chief financial officer. Fowle holds a BA in business administration from the University of Southern California, an MBA from the University of California, Irvine, and is a licensed CPA. Before joining Rev360, Fowle held senior positions at Panasonic and GE Healthcare, and was most recently vice president, corporate controller, and officer of Welltok, a provider of technology solutions that connect consumers with personalized health improvement resources.

Quantum Names Devon Abblitt Director of Business Development

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Friday, June 14, 2019 12:18 AM CENTRAL POINT, Ore.—Quantum Innovations, a supplier of anti-reflective coating solutions and ophthalmic equipment, has named Devon Abblitt as director of business development. Abblitt has been with Quantum since 2012 as a field service engineer and system administrator. In his new role he will focus on global business development and strengthened customer relations. Abblitt brings extensive technical expertise to the sales team to help the company expand distribution of Quantum coatings and services in the ophthalmic industry and beyond.

Zoppas to Focus on Thelios CEO Role, Overseeing Joint Venture Between Marcolin Group and LVMH

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019 12:24 AM LONGARONE, Italy—Marcolin Group announced yesterday operational changes within its organization, noting that Giovanni Zoppas, who most recently served as executive chairman of Marcolin would be remaining as a director of the board of the group but is moving to focus on his role at Thelios as CEO and general manager of the joint venture established by Marcolin with the LVMH Group. The move, the announcement said, is part of an agreed-upon plan between the parties, aimed at maximizing the overall value of the Marcolin Group.

EyeCare Services Partners Adds Rick Hoffner as Vice President of Operations, Central Region

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019 12:21 AM DALLAS—EyeCare Services Partners (ESP), a private equity-backed firm specializing in integrated eyecare services, has appointed Rick Hoffner as vice president of operations for its central region, effective June 10, according to an announcement this week. Hoffner will lead the operations of ESP’s integrated portfolio of eyecare practices in Illinois, including Hauser Ross Eye Institute, Chicagoland Retinal Consultants, Smith-Perry Eye Center, Midwest Eye Center, Retina Group Chicago, Lakeside Eye Group, Lawrence Eye Care, Chicago Eye Consultants, VZN Eye Care and Yavitz Eye Center, the announcement noted.

Mondottica International Announces Senior Management Appointments

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019 12:21 AM LONDON—Mondottica International has announced a series of management appointments. According to Mondottica's founder and CEO Michael Jardine, the purpose of the appointments is "to strengthen the senior management team while accelerating the group's steady growth and seamless integration of its divisions globally." Anthony Pessok has been named chief commercial officer for Mondottica International. Pessok comes from his longstanding role as managing director for EMEA at Perry Ellis International, a multi-faceted global brand owner and operator. Prior to that, Pessok owned and operated successful fashion enterprises in the U.K. and overseas. He will be London-based.

GrandVision Appoints Willem Eelman as CFO and a Member of its Management Board

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019 12:18 AM SCHIPHOL, the Netherlands—GrandVision N.V. (Euronext: GVNV), parent company of For Eyes in the U.S., has officially appointed Willem Eelman as a member of its management board. The move was formally approved earlier this month at the company’s extraordinary general meeting (EGM) and was effective May 15. Previously, the supervisory board of GrandVision had appointed Willem Eelman as the company’s new chief financial officer. Eelman succeeded Paulo de Castro, who had resigned, as VMAIL reported

Glauconix Biosciences Appoints W. Daniel Stamer to Technical Advisory Board

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019 12:15 AM ALBANY, N.Y.—Glauconix Biosciences Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company using patented technology to develop human 3D ocular tissues that mimic the fluid dynamics in the eye, has appointed W. Daniel Stamer, PhD, FARVO, to its scientific advisory board. Stamer, who is the president of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology and distinguished professor of ophthalmology at Duke University, will provide expert advice and insight in the areas of glaucoma research and in the validation of new technologies being developed by the company, according to an announcement Tuesday.

Coburn Names New Sales Manager for Diagnostics Instruments

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019 12:18 AM SOUTH WINDSOR, Conn.—Coburn Technologies has named Ezequiel Lukin as national sales manager, with a specific focus on diagnostic instruments for the U.S. market. “Ezequiel is a great addition to our team,” according to vice president of sales, Wayne Labrecque. “Our diagnostics product line is an integral part of our business, and with a growing interest in our products, as well as new product development, we are confident Ezequiel will strategically build our business further.”

GrandVision Names Jorge Gervasi as Managing Director of its For Eyes Business Unit

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Friday, May 10, 2019 12:45 PM SCHIPHOL, The Netherlands—GrandVision N.V. (EURONEXT: GVNV) has named Jorge Gervasi as the new managing director of For Eyes, the company’s U.S. business division. The move was effective May 1, a GrandVision spokeswoman told VMAIL. Gervasi, an experienced retailer who has held senior level posts with GrandVision for several years, will take over the responsibilities previously handled by former For Eyes chief executive officer Jose Costa. Costa left the company on March 1, as VMAIL reported.