Charmant USA Names Jean Simone Vice President of Sales

By Staff
Friday, November 21, 2014 12:15 AM MORRIS PLAINS, N.J.— Charmant USA has just named Jean Simone the new vice president of sales. She had been the director of special sales at the company and will report directly to Harry Aida, president of Charmant USA, in her new role.


By Staff
Monday, November 17, 2014 12:00 AM

Jim Eisen Assumes Full CEO Role for HVHC, Parent Co. of Visionworks and Davis Vision

By Staff
Friday, November 14, 2014 12:27 AM SAN ANTONIO, Texas—David Holmberg, president and CEO of Highmark Health, has announced that Jim Eisen will immediately assume full CEO responsibilities of HVHC Inc., which includes Visionworks and Davis Vision, among other divisions.

Vision-Ease Lens Names John Weber as CEO

By Staff
Friday, November 14, 2014 12:24 AM RAMSEY, Minn.— Vision-Ease Lens has named former CooperVision president John Weber as its new chief executive officer. Doug Hepper, who has served as the company’s CEO for the past 12 years, will transition to the role of executive chairman, the company said.

ABB Optical Group’s Lynda Baker to Retire

By Staff
Friday, November 14, 2014 12:18 AM ALAMEDA, Calif.— ABB Optical Group has announced the retirement of Lynda Baker, effective Dec. 1, 2014. Currently executive vice president of ABB Optical Group, Baker was instrumental in the 2007 merger of ABB Optical and Concise Contact Lens Company, where she began her career in 1965.

Vision Source Names Nick Morse as CFO and Satish Dave as CIO

By Staff
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 12:24 AM KINGWOOD, Texas— Vision Source, the Texas-based national optometric alliance and franchisor with more than 3,600 members, has added two executives to its senior leadership team.

Prevent Blindness Elects Three New Members to National Board of Directors

By Staff
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 12:21 AM CHICAGO— Prevent Blindness has announced that Andrew Alcorn, president and CEO of Block Vision, Dr. Chad Overman, director of professional relations – Health and Wellness US at Walmart, and Dr. R. Tracy Williams, executive director of the Spectrios Institute for Low Vision, have been elected to the Prevent Blindness Board of Directors.

Marcolin Sets Sights on 2015

By Staff
Monday, November 10, 2014 12:27 AM NEW YORK— Marcolin USA is completing the final stage of its integration with Viva, since the Viva International Group was acquired from HVHC in December 2013, executives told VMail. As reported, Marcolin USA is investing heavily in the New Jersey offices which will become the company's main distribution center and U.S. headquarters.

Safilo Names Graehsler New Group CFO

By Staff
Friday, November 07, 2014 12:21 AM PADUA, Italy— Safilo Group (SFLG.MI) has announced the appointment of Gerd Graehsler, currently director of new business development and corporate strategy, as the new group chief financial officer, effective Dec. 1, 2014.

Larry Clarke Is Named President and COO of Satisloh AG

By Staff
Friday, October 31, 2014 12:27 AM BAAR, Switzerland— The Satisloh Group has appointed Larry Clarke as president and chief operating officer of Satisloh AG, effective Oct. 1.

Luxottica Board Names New CFO, Officially Confirms Its Two Co-CEOs

By Staff
Friday, October 31, 2014 12:24 AM MILAN, Italy—Against the backdrop of a strong third fiscal quarter, which saw increases in the company’s retail and wholesale division, worldwide and, particularly, in North America, Luxottica Group (NYSE:LUX) said Wednesday that its board of directors, upon the chairman Leonardo Del Vecchio’s recent proposal, entrusted Massimo Vian, on an interim basis, with all executive responsibilities until former P&G exec Adil Mehboob-Khan officially joins Luxottica as co-CEO, markets in January 2015, as reported by VMail.

Sommer to Head Sales for B+L's U.S. Vision Care Division

By Staff
Friday, October 24, 2014 12:26 AM BRIDGEWATER, N.J.— Bausch + Lomb, has named Tony Sommer head of sales for its U.S. vision care division. Sommer will also help plan, develop and execute growth plans, and strategic business strategies to maximize market opportunities and grow the lens product portfolio, the company said.

Silhouette Names Two New Senior Management Roles for U.S.

By Staff
Friday, October 24, 2014 12:24 AM GREEN ISLAND, N.Y.— Silhouette has named two senior executives for the U.S., Diana Downs has been promoted to key accounts and business development manager, a new position at the company, and Heinz Pichler, has been promoted to national sales manager.

Luxottica Names P&G Exec As Its New Co-CEO for Markets

By Staff
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 1:23 PM MILAN, Italy— Luxottica Group S.p.A. (NYSE: LUX; MTA: LUX) announced today that Group chairman, Leonardo Del Vecchio, presented the profile of Adil Mehboob-Khan, as candidate for the role of co-CEO for Markets, to the company’s board of directors which met here today.

20/20 Magazine's Gloria Nicola Retires: 27 Years Covering Eyewear Trends

By Marge Axelrad
Monday, October 20, 2014 12:00 AM

NEW YORK—20/20 Magazine’s Gloria Nicola, senior editor for frames, sunwear and accessories for 27 years, will be retiring from the magazine, effective Oct. 31.