Andrea Zaffin Appointed Safilo’s New Commercial Head IMEA

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019 12:15 AM PADUA, Italy—Safilo Group has appointed Andrea Zaffin as commercial head of India, Middle East and Africa (IMEA), effective January 2019. In his role, Zaffin will spearhead the company’s business in India, the Middle East and South Africa. He will report to Angelo Trocchia, Safilo Group’s CEO. Zaffin will be based in Dubai. “We welcome Andrea who has a long experience in the industry and in these very specific markets. He has strong entrepreneurial skills with a solid and successful background,” Trocchia said.

Think About Your Eyes Announces 2019 Board Members

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019 12:18 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Think About Your Eyes, a national public awareness campaign about the importance of scheduling an annual eye exam with an optometrist, announced its advisory board members for 2019, led by incoming chairman, Dr. Rick Weisbarth. The board is comprised of a representative from each of the six leadership partners, and an at-large member representing and elected by Tier 2 partners. Dr. Weisbarth, who represents Alcon, succeeds Dr. Steve Loomis of the American Optometric Association, who will move to the non-voting role of immediate past chairman for 2019.

Vision Benefits of America Names Jeff Hollowood as President and CEO

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Friday, December 28, 2018 12:21 AM PITTSBURGH—The board of directors of Vision Benefits of America (VBA) has named Jeff A. Hollowood, a former VBA board member and chairman of its audit and finance committee, as president and chief executive officer. Prior to this appointment, Hollowood served as VBA’s interim president and chief executive officer following the retirement of the company’s previous president and chief executive officer in March 2018. “I am excited to take a more permanent leadership role at VBA,” Hollowood said in the company’s recent announcement.

Eyecare Services Partners Names Nicholas Sacco as Chief Operating Officer

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018 12:21 AM DALLAS—Eyecare Services Partners (ESP), a leader in integrated eyecare services, appointed Nicholas C. Sacco as chief operating officer, according to an announcement from ESP. Sacco comes to ESP with 18 years of leadership experience at Sheridan Healthcare Inc., a provider of comprehensive outsourced physician practice management services to hospital systems for anesthesiology, women's and children's health care, emergency medicine and radiology. Over the course of his career at Sheridan, he served in various operations and business development roles of increasing responsibility.

Visioneering Technologies Inc. Appoints Brian Lane as Chief Financial Officer

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018 12:15 AM ATLANTA—Vision care company and manufacturer of the NaturalVue Multifocal contact lens, Visioneering Technologies (ASX:VTI), has named Brian D. Lane, CPA, as its chief financial officer, according to an announcement from the company. Lane will play a vital role in the financial management of VTI. His responsibilities will include investor relations, strategic planning, financial reporting, as well as legal oversight and regulatory compliance. Lane joins VTI at a critical point in its history as the company is growing rapidly in the U.S. and recently began expanding internationally into Europe and Asia, the company said.

Vision Source Names Michael Marcroft as VP of Marketing, Succeeding Randy Sones

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Monday, December 10, 2018 12:26 AM KINGWOOD, Texas—Vision Source, the largest network of private practice optometrists in North America, has named Michael Marcroft as its new vice president of marketing. He joins the network’s senior leadership team as of today (Monday, Dec.10) and will replace Randy Sones, who is currently vice president of marketing. Sones is retiring after a 27-year working history with Vision Source, according to an announcement. Marcroft will be responsible for the organization’s overall marketing strategies, initiatives and communications.

Safilo Appoints Andrea Bulgarelli as New Digital Transformation Director

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018 12:18 AM PADUA, Italy—Safilo has appointed Andrea Bulgarelli as digital transformation director. In this role, Bulgarelli will lead Safilo’s e-commerce program as part of the company’s corporate direct-to-consumer strategy. He will report to Angelo Trocchia, Safilo’s CEO and will be based in Padua. In his career, Bulgarelli led the digital processes for the creation of the international e-commerce websites for Max Mara Group. More recently, at Benetton, he restructured the management of all consumer-facing touchpoints, developing this project into a digital hub, the company stated.

University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences Receives $20 Million Gift

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018 12:15 AM TUCSON, Ariz.—The University of Arizona (UA) College of Optical Sciences announced last week that it has received a $20 million pledge to support 10 new endowed faculty positions. The gift comes from the college's founding dean, professor emeritus James C. Wyant, and his family. It is the largest gift for endowed faculty chair positions in the university's history. "This is an incredible, enabling moment for the College of Optical Sciences, giving us an unprecedented opportunity to advance the rapidly expanding ways that optics and photonics can improve our lives," said Thomas L. Koch, dean of the College of Optical Sciences.

Essilor Taps Kovin Naidoo to Head Inclusive Business, Philanthropy and Social Impact

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018 12:27 AM CHARENTON-LE-PONT, France—Essilor has appointed Kovin Naidoo, OD, PhD, as senior vice president of inclusive business, philanthropy and social impact. In this newly created position, he will lead the Group’s efforts to reach the 2.5 billion people living with uncorrected poor vision through inclusive business and philanthropy. Most recently serving as associate professor of optometry at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, former CEO of the Brien Holden Vision Institute and former Africa Chair of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, Professor Naidoo is internationally celebrated as a public health leader.

CORE Appoints Dr. William Ngo as Head of Biosciences

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018 12:15 AM WATERLOO, Ontario—The Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE) has appointed William Ngo, PhD, OD, FAAO, as head of biosciences. Dr. Ngo is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry and will join CORE in early 2019. CORE, formerly known as the Centre for Contact Lens Research, was established in 1988 at the University of Waterloo’s School of Optometry & Vision Science, and took on the new name a year ago. “I had the good fortune of directing Dr. Ngo as he undertook his PhD at the University of Waterloo, and witnessed firsthand his innate intelligence, natural curiosity and ability to build strong relationships with collaborators internally and externally,” CORE director Lyndon Jones, PhD, DSc, FCOptom, FAAO, FBCLA, said in the announcement late last week.

VSP Global Names New Chief Technology Officer and CFO

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018 12:27 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—VSP Global announced yesterday the appointments of Earnie Franklin as chief technology officer and Alec Mahmood as chief financial officer.

OcuMedic Inc. Names Dr. Paul Karpecki Lead Optometric Advisor

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018 12:15 AM MULLICA HILL, N.J.—OcuMedic Inc., a developer of new, drug-eluting soft contact lens and clear corneal bandage technology, has appointed Paul Karpecki, OD, FAAO, as the company’s lead optometric advisor and a member of its scientific advisory board. His role with the company is in the development of its activities, communications, meetings and strategies relating to research and product development, according to an announcement last week. “Dr. Karpecki is a thought-leader and pioneer in the field of corneal health research with a focus on dry eye, a condition that affects millions of people worldwide,” Keith D. Ignotz, president and chief executive officer of OcuMedic, said in the announcement.

NovaBay Pharmaceuticals Names Jack McGovern Interim CEO

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018 12:24 AM EMERYVILLE, Calif.—NovaBay Pharmaceuticals announced that Jack McGovern has been named interim CEO, expanding his responsibilities as CFO to include overseeing daily operations.

neurolens Names Davis Corley Chief Executive Officer

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018 12:21 AM COSTA MESA, Calif.—The board of directors of neurolens has named Davis Corley chief executive officer. Corley was a co-founder of neurolens in 2012 and has served as president since 2014, a role that he will continue. “Since day one, Davis has led the development and commercialization of neurolens,” said neurolens board member Dean Butler. “He has been instrumental in making this technology’s commercialization a reality, and we look forward to having him represent the company as CEO.”

ImageWear and Nouveau Eyewear Appoint Jani Burke as National Sales Director

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018 12:18 AM CARROLLTON, Texas—ImageWear and Nouveau Eyewear, both divisions of Walman, have appointed Jani Burke as national sales director. She will oversee all account managers serving independent eyecare professionals in the U.S. All teams representing ImageWear, Nouveau Eyewear and Revolution Clip-On Eyewear including three regional managers will report to her, the company stated. Burke has more than 31 years of experience in optical sales, operations and management, working on brands including Nike, Michael Kors and Diane von Furstenberg (DVF).