ABB Optical Group Announces Leadership Changes

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(Clockwise from top left) Meg FitzGerald, Mike Bono, Michael Dell, Erika Jurrens, Aaron See and Paul Sherman.

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla.—ABB Optical Group, a leading provider of optical products and business services in the eyecare industry, recently announced changes to its leadership team and an addition to its board of directors. “ABB Optical is evolving, and with our new organizational structure in place, we are better positioned to deftly navigate market changes and strategically focus on the future success of our customers,” said ABB Optical Group chief executive officer Tom Burke. “Each of these leaders brings experience, knowledge and passion to our team. I look forward to working closely with each to them as we bring our strategic vision to life and champion the customer at every turn.”

Burke, a health care logistics leader with nearly 40 years of experience, was named CEO of the company in August 2018, as reported by VMAIL. At that time, Burke assumed the chief executive responsibilities from company founder Angel Alvarez, who remains as chairman.

Meg FitzGerald has joined the ABB Optical Group board of directors. FitzGerald serves as managing partner of L1 Health. With $3 billion of capital under management, L1 Health is focused on long-term value creation as the health care investment vehicle of LetterOne, an international investment business. Prior to L1 Health, FitzGerald was executive vice president of strategy, mergers and acquisitions and health policy at Cardinal Health and a member of the company’s executive committee.

She also is a member of the board of directors for SeniorLink, an innovative proven model of in-home care for elders; Concert Pharmaceuticals, a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company; GELESIS, a biotechnology company developing a novel category of potential therapies for obesity; Tenet Healthcare, a leading Fortune 200 health care service company; and Arix Bioscience, a public global health care and life sciences specialist company supporting medical innovation. Additionally, FitzGerald serves as an assistant professor at Columbia University in New York, where she teaches the business of health care and strategy.

Mike Bono has been named ABB Optical Group’s new chief financial officer and will oversee the administrative, financial and risk management operations of the company. Bono has more than 30 years of financial management experience with public and private companies. Prior to joining ABB Optical, he was the chief financial officer of Medical Specialties Distributors, a leading post-acute service solutions provider serving the home infusion, home medical equipment and oncology markets.

Attorney Michael Dell has been appointed as ABB Optical Group’s general counsel, a newly created position. Dell will be responsible for leading strategic and tactical legal initiatives, providing the senior management team with effective advice on company strategies and their implementation and securing and overseeing the work of outside counsel as needed. He has more than 20 years of legal experience as an attorney and general counsel. Dell also joins ABB Optical Group from Medical Specialties Distributors, where he served as general counsel.

Erika Jurrens has joined ABB Optical Group as senior vice president of strategic development and commercialization. Jurrens will oversee strategy and execution of products, programs and services with a close eye on how each area of the business benefits customers and patients. Previously, Jurrens led product development and marketing as vice president for Cardinal Health, a Fortune 15 company with revenues topping $100 billion.

Previously vice president of marketing, Aaron See is now senior vice president of manufacturer partnerships, a newly created position. See will be responsible for all aspects of ABB Optical Group’s vendor strategies, leading and enhancing a centralized vendor management function to develop strategic vendor partnerships, implement programs and improve processes. The 20-year industry veteran also will oversee ABB Optical Group’s gas permeable and custom soft lenses business. Prior to joining ABB Optical in 2014, See was vice president of marketing at Johnson & Johnson’s Vision Care division in Japan.

Paul Sherman has taken a new position as chief development officer. He previously led ABB Optical Group’s finance team for eight years as chief financial officer. In his new role, Sherman will be responsible for business development, acquisitions and execution of the company’s prioritized opportunities. Sherman has more than 30 years of finance and accounting experience and has held leadership positions in public, private and private-equity owned companies. Prior to joining ABB Optical, he served as chief financial officer of LNR Property Corporation, a $4 billion diversified real estate investment, finance, management and development company.