Jan Cory Named New U.S. President of Silhouette Optical Ltd.

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ALBANY, N.Y.—Jan Cory, an experienced eyewear executive, has been named the new U.S. president of Silhouette Optical, Ltd.

According to a statement from the company, Cory “has joined the Silhouette family as president U.S., reporting to Daniel Rogger, CEO of Silhouette International based in Austria, and succeeding Chris Juergens, who will be retiring after 14 years of leadership, serving the company’s U.S. subsidiary.”

Cory came to optical in 1998 as vice president of department stores for Bausch + Lomb. After B+L was later acquired by Luxottica, Cory increased market share and achieved significant growth for her division there and was promoted in 2008 to vice president of optical independents and sun specialty. Most recently, Cory was part of the senior leadership team for HVHC Inc., serving as the senior vice president of domestic sales, U.S. and Canada, for Viva International Group, directing all channels of trade.  

Cory is a graduate of Miami University with a B.A. in Public Administration and Political Science. She serves on the board of the Accessories Council and is a member of the Optical Woman’s Association.

“I am honored to work together with the Silhouette U.S. team to build on the rich Silhouette history and to continue the strong path that Chris has established,” said Cory.

Commented Rogger, ”We wish to thank Chris Juergens for his outstanding achievements. He has led Silhouette Optical Ltd. for many years and has made a valuable contribution internationally. He knows the industry and U.S. market—by far the best-selling Silhouette market—like no other.”

Rogger added, “We are convinced that with Jan Cory, we have a profound professional from the eyewear industry onboard who will help to fully exploit the enormous potential we see in the U.S. market. By implementing a well-rounded product assortment based on the Silhouette legacy, we will ensure and further extend our position as an independent European designer and manufacturer of premium eyewear.”

Silhouette was founded in 1964 by Anneliese and Arnold Schmied “as a vision of glasses as a decorative device.” Today, Silhouette is an international brand of the world’s lightest glasses, made with great attention to detail, a large proportion of work by hand, an individual design approach and the use of the best materials and the latest technology.

Made in Austria, Silhouette’s collections are exported to 100 countries worldwide. In 1999, Silhouette revolutionized the eyeglass world with its Titan Minimal Art glasses weighing only 1.8 grams, without screws, hinges or rims. Silhouette glasses have been with astronauts in space 35 times; they travel around the globe with the Vienna Philharmonic as well as with a number of celebrities from entertainment, business and politics.