Tuesday, March 19, 2019 12:27 AM
NORFOLK, Va.—Advancing Eyecare, a recently formed holding owned by private equity firm Atlantic Street Capital
, has appointed Brad Staley as chief executive officer, effective immediately. Staley will oversee all operations of Advancing Eyecare's ophthalmic equipment industry business units: Lombart Instrument
, INNOVA and Enhanced Medical Services
, according to an announcement Monday. Staley is the first chief executive officer of Advancing Eyecare and will be responsible for each of the four individual companies under its ownership, a spokesman told VMAIL
. David Marco and Bryan Bevin, a senior operating advisor to Atlantic Street Capital’s portfolio companies, will continue in their roles as co-chairman, the spokesman added.
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 12:24 AM
NEW YORK—Luxury Optical Holdings
(LOH) has announced the promotion of Jeff Press to chief creative officer, overseeing product design and creative for Robert Marc NYC, Morgenthal Frederics,and its designer collaborations, including Oscar de la Renta and Monse. (LOH) is a leading designer and purveyor of independent eyewear with a global footprint.The company owns the Robert Marc NYC and Morgenthal Frederics brands and has the exclusive distribution rights for the Lunor brand in the U.S. LOH manufactures and distributes its handcrafted specialty frames and lenses in 28 eyewear boutiques throughout North America and through an expanding global wholesale network.
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 12:24 AM
RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—The board of directors at VSP Global
has named Gordon Jennings, OD, as chairman of the board for a two-year term. Dr. Jennings previously served as the vice chairman. He has been in private practice in Wytheville, Virginia for more than 30 years, and has served on VSP Global’s board since 2010. "We are pleased to have Gordon lead the VSP Global board of directors,” said outgoing board chairman, Daniel L. Mannen, OD, FAAO.
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 12:17 AM
MADISON, Wis.—In an ongoing commitment to create the world’s best-in-class electronic health records (EHR) software, Rev360
has named Corey Crawford as its vice president of operations for RevolutionEHR
, a leading cloud-based EHR and practice management software for eyecare and the software platform of Rev360. Crawford previously was the director of product management for RevolutionEHR, but in his new role he’ll bring a wealth of industry experience to oversee a fusion of software solutions designed to meet the specific needs of the ECPs who use the product, according to an announcement Monday.
Wednesday, February 6, 2019 12:27 AM
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla.—ABB Optical Group
, a provider of optical products and business services in the eyecare industry, announced changes to its leadership team and an addition to its board of directors.
Wednesday, February 6, 2019 12:24 AM
, has named Dr. J. Max Ernst as the next president of SECO International, according to an announcement from the organization. Dr. Ernst will officially accept the honor during the House of Delegates meeting, held during SECO 2019, Saturday, February 23, from 3:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. located in the New Orleans Theater at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Dr. Ernst began his studies at the University of Michigan, obtaining his BS in Biology in 1981.
Wednesday, February 6, 2019 12:18 AM
AMITYVILLE, NY—New York Eye
has announced the appointment of Eileen Goldman Sobel as national sales director. In this role, Sobel will be responsible for hiring, training and overseeing the representatives serving independent eyecare professionals. She will also be sharing the responsibility of managing national and regional key accounts with Jan Phillips, vice president of sales. Sobel is assuming the role and responsibilities of Lucy Korn, vice president of sales who will retire at the end of March.
Wednesday, February 6, 2019 12:15 AM
WATERTOWN, Mass.—EyePoint Pharmaceuticals
(NASDAQ:EYPT), a specialty biopharmaceutical company, has appointed David Guyer, MD, to the company’s board of directors, according to an announcement last week. Guyer, who also will serve on the company’s science committee, has led several public and private biotechnology companies focused on ocular diseases, and he has held leadership positions in academia and at health care venture capital firms. Dr. Guyer currently serves as executive chairman of Ophthotech Corp.
, a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company specializing in gene therapy treatments for ocular diseases, which he co-founded.
Tuesday, February 5, 2019 12:24 AM
, a privately-held alliance of independent optometrists, has announced the addition of four new members of its executive and management teams, chosen for their deep industry experience and commitment to IDOC's vision for the future, the company said. "I'm confident that these outstanding individuals will help IDOC excel in providing innovative support and forward-thinking initiatives to our customers," said IDOC CEO Dave Brown. "As a company, we look for leaders who embody our core values and purpose, and who are uniquely equipped to meet the challenges of a changing industry. I'm delighted that we are adding these impressive new talents to IDOC."
Tuesday, February 5, 2019 12:15 AM
BOSTON—The New England College of Optometry
(NECO) has named Erik Weissberg, OD, FAAO, as the college’s next vice president and dean of academic affairs, beginning May 1, 2019. Dr. Weissberg graduated from NECO in 1997, before going on to complete a residency in pediatrics in 1998. That same year, he was appointed assistant professor in the specialty and care advanced program at NECO and in 2009 was promoted to professor of optometry with tenure. In 2008, Dr. Weissberg was named director of clinical education, a role he has served in ever since.
Tuesday, January 29, 2019 12:24 AM
, moving to enhance its growing “Eyecare” division and related initiatives, announced Monday that it has appointed Weslie Hamada, OD, FAAO, as senior director of OD Engagement. Dr. Hamada, who joins the company from Johnson & Johnson Vision Care
, assumed her role on Monday, Jan. 28. She reports to Dr. Carl Spear, senior vice president of eyecare at Luxottica. In this newly created position, Dr. Hamada will be responsible for leading “eyecare practice growth marketing” as well as industry and affiliated/employed doctor communications across the region, according to the announcement.
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.
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.
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.
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.