Kenmark Announces the Retirement of CEO Howard and Promotion of Cundiff

LOUISVILLE, Ky.— Kenmark, a leader in optical eyewear and sunglass design and manufacturing, announced that Don Howard has retired as president and CEO of the company. The board has

  Mike Cundiff (l) and Don Howard (r)
appointed Mike Cundiff, currently chief operating officer, as his replacement.

In his new position, Cundiff will retain his position on the board and the responsibilities of COO. Board members of employee-owned Kenmark, Michelle Clark, chief financial officer, and David Duralde, chief creative officer, will report to Cundiff.

Howard began his career at Kenmark in 1974. He has been instrumental in helping to build the business into one of the premier eyewear design and manufacturing companies in the industry, the company noted. “I would like to thank the countless people that I have met during my career at Kenmark,” Howard said. “Thanks for the love and friendship, the advice and concern and the compliments and criticisms that have molded my experience and made me the person that I am.”

A former board member at the Vision Council of America, Howard has been an active member of the eyewear community and Prevent Blindness America. Kenmark’s statement added, “His contributions and impact extend to the company, the industry and the millions of Kenmark eyewear customers.”

“I would like to thank Don for his many years of hard work and contributions to Kenmark. He has been instrumental in helping us get to where we are today,” said Cundiff.

Cundiff, also an industry veteran, joined Kenmark in 1983. He was promoted to COO in 2000 and has revolutionized Kenmark’s sales, distribution and manufacturing capabilities while expanding growth opportunities. Cundiff is an active member of The Vision Council and eyewear community. He works closely with the employee-owned board to position Kenmark to grow through new licenses, market expansion, and accelerated the company’s global presence, the company said.

Jay Higdon  
In other news, Kenmark Group has announced the promotion of Jay Higdon to director of international sales.

“Jay has spent many years in various capacities on the Kenmark team and is positioned perfectly to deliver Kenmark’s message of serving the professional global optical community with superior products and a down-to-earth, approachable business style,” said Cundiff.

Higdon has been with Kenmark for 21 years and will be responsible for leading continued growth of international business, as well as the company’s export and sales teams. Currently serving more than 50 countries worldwide, the international sales team will focus on building relationships in new markets, as well as strengthening existing territories.

Angelini Named President, North America, for Johnson & Johnson Vision Care

Laura Angelini  
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc., announced the appointment of Laura Angelini to the role of president, North America, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. In her new role, Angelini will be responsible for the Vistakon U.S. and Canadian businesses, the company said.

Angelini has over 20 years of experience building business and brands at Johnson & Johnson. She has served in various sales and marketing leadership roles across the company’s Medical Device and Diagnostics segment. Early in her Johnson & Johnson career, she was responsible for introducing 1-Day Acuvue brand contact lenses to the Italian market.

Most recently, Angelini was challenged with the task of creating a global enterprise strategy for three previously separate businesses that came together to form Ethicon Surgical Care. Impacting almost all commercial areas of the business, she and her team were ultimately responsible for launching new products in each of the company’s strategic growth categories, the announcement said.

Angelini, who succeeds Dave Brown, will report to McEvoy.

Satisloh Hires Clark as Best Practices Specialist

  Edward Clark
GERMANTOWN, Wis.— Edward Clark, an optical industry veteran with more than 20 years of experience, recently joined Satisloh’s team as a best practices specialist.

“Ed will be responsible for the Eastern U.S, supporting our customers with best practices for their labs. With the rapid expansion of digital processing, labs can utilize our expertise to stay current and support them to gain consistency, quality and lower costs,” said Steve Schneider, director, aftermarket, Satisloh.

Clark’s optical resume includes working at Carl Zeiss Vision as part of the technical product engineering group and working at LensCrafters.

Superior Vision Names Luchetta Vice President of Sales

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—Managed vision care company, Superior Vision has named Tom Luchetta vice president of sales. He will be responsible for managing the sales organization and developing new strategic distribution partnerships.

Luchetta comes to Superior Vision from his position as senior vice president of sales at Chesapeake Life Insurance Company, a division of HealthMarkets. He has also held sales leadership roles at Secure Horizons, a division of United Healthcare Medicare and Retirement Solutions, Manhattan Insurance Group, American Medical Security, and Humana, selling a broad portfolio of health care products through multiple channels.

Michele Childers  
In other news, Superior Vision has named Michele Childers regional sales manager for California. She will be responsible for growing the vision benefits company’s presence throughout the state. Childers brings more than 15 years of benefits insurance sales experience, most recently as senior broker sales executive with BenefitMall.

Haag-Streit USA Names New Business Development Manager

  Mike Rom
MASON, Ohio—Haag-Streit USA has appointed Mike Rom to the newly created position of business development manager, East. Rom will be working with distributors, teaching institutions, clinics and customers to build relationships and promote Haag-Streit and Reliance Medical Products.

Rom is an 18-year veteran of Haag-Streit. He began his career there in the engineering department.

Imatters Names DiBacco Director of Business Development

Nikki DiBacco  
WINTER PARK, Fla.—Eyecare staffing company, imatters has named Nikki DiBacco director of business development. A 27-year marketing and training optical industry veteran with experience working with ophthalmologists, optometrists and opticians, DiBacco will be responsible for marketing imatters to potential candidates and clients. She will represent imatters at regional and national trade shows and meetings along with writing and public speaking responsibilities.

Mondottica USA Names AGRUSA West Coast Sales Manager

  Mark Agrusa
NEW PROVIDENCE, N.J.—Mondottica USA has named Mark Agrusa as the company’s new West Coast regional sales manager. He will report to Gary Podhaizer, president of Mondottica USA. Previously, Agrusa was a regional sales manager with Modo Eyewear. He also worked as a district sales manager and sales consultant for Luxottica for 8 years.

Trenary Named President/CEO of InnFocus Medical Device Company

Russ Trenary  
MIAMI, Fla.—Russ Trenary, a long time ophthalmology executive, has been named president and CEO of InnFocus, Inc., LLC, a privately held medical device company with biomaterials expertise that has developed a patented micro-shunt for treating glaucoma. Company founder Leonard Pinchuk, Ph.D., will remain with InnFocus to develop its product pipeline. Trenary has spent over 30 years with ophthalmic medical device companies, including Allergan Inc. and Advanced Medical Optics. ■