Transitions Optical Makes Changes to Management Team

(L to R) Richard Elias, Dave Cole, Paddy McDermott and Bertrand Roy.
PINELLAS PARK, Fla.— PINELLAS PARK, Fla.—After 40 years of service to PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG) , including nearly 24 with Transitions Optical, Richard C. Elias, senior vice president, optical and specialty materials, and CEO, Transitions Optical, Inc., retired, effective April 1, 2014. Elias has joined the board of directors of Universal Display Corp., a leader in developing and delivering state-of-the-art, organic light emitting diode (OLED) technologies, materials and services to the display and lighting industries.

The news and other executive changes were announced hours after Essilor International (Reuters: ESSI.PA) reported that it had finalized the acquisition of PPG’s 51 percent ownership stake in Transitions Optical, the leading provider of photochromic lenses to ophthalmic lens manufacturers, and 100 percent of the capital of Intercast, a manufacturer of premium sunlenses.

Dave Cole, Transitions Optical’s president, has accepted the promotion to vice president for PPG’s packaging coatings business following nearly 24 years with Transitions Optical. Cole joined PPG in 1981 and held a variety of sales and marketing roles in the chemicals organization prior to joining the Transitions Optical organization.

Paddy McDermott has been appointed president, Transitions Optical, effective immediately. He will report directly to Bertrand Roy, senior vice president, strategic partnerships, Essilor. McDermott originally joined Transitions Optical in 1993 and has previously held several key positions in the company’s EMEA region and globally.

According to McDermott, three other senior executives—Brian Hauser, general manager, North America; Alexis Cardona, global chief marketing officer; and Grady Lenski, managing director, adjacencies—all longtime Transitions Optical employees, have left the company.

Essilor, said Roy will also serve as leader of Transitions Optical’s North America region. Transitions’ global strategic marketing and sunwear business units will now report directly to McDermott.

Kate Renwick-Espinosa
Renwick-Espinosa, CMO of VSP Global, Elected to Prevent Blindness Board of Directors

CHICAGO— Prevent Blindness has announced the election of Kate Renwick-Espinosa, chief marketing officer of VSP Global, to the Prevent Blindness Board of Directors, as voted at the organization’s winter board meeting here on March 8, 2014. Renwick-Espinosa works in development and management of marketing strategies and programs across the VSP Global companies, which include VSP Vision Care, Eyefinity, VSP Optics Group and Marchon Eyewear.

According to Prevent Blindness, Renwick-Espinosa has served VSP for 22 years, where she has been instrumental in expanding the role of marketing within the company, including rebranding multiple lines of business, developing new brands, launching new products and programs, and leveraging digital technology. At the company, she oversees enterprise-wide marketing functions, including integrated marketing, corporate communications, global charity and community outreach, design, branding, and insights and strategy. She is also responsible for both B2B and B2C marketing.

Richard Clompus, OD
Richard Clompus Launches Eyecare Communications Agency

ROANOKE, Va.—Industry veteran Richard Clompus, OD is launching The Clompus Consulting Group, a communications agency specializing in the eyecare industry. During his 30 years of experience in patient care, global professional affairs and corporate training programs, Clompus has published 45 articles, three book chapters and presented hundreds of national and international lectures. During his tenure as director of The Vision Care Institute, LLC with Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, he introduced podcasts and videos to the program.

In 2011, as CooperVision’s vice president of global professional affairs, Clompus presented a keynote lecture on success factors with multifocal contact lenses at the British Contact Lens Association’s annual meeting.

Emily Boynton
Costa Adds Emily Boynton as Northeast Regional Sales Manager

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.—Costa Sunglasses recently hired Emily Boynton as northeast regional sales manager for its Rx, sunglass specialty and department store accounts. In this newly created position, Boynton will be responsible for overseeing and growing the brand’s premium sports sunglass business across the area.

Boynton has more than 28 years of experience in sales, marketing and management with action sports lifestyle brands. Prior to joining Costa, Boynton worked with Maui Jim, where she was the northeast director of sales. She also previously served as a key accounts sales representative for Oakley, managing accounts including LL Bean, EMS and Cambridge Eye. ■