Mark Banner

DULUTH, Ga.—National Vision Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: EYE), one of the largest optical retail companies in the U.S., has announced the appointment of Mark Banner as the company’s new chief stores officer, effective July 8, 2024. Banner is transitioning into the role previously held by Sharon Petitt due to her planned retirement. A specialty retailer who joins the company after a seven-year tenure at Sleep Number, the company stated, Banner brings team leadership expertise in sales, sales operations, digital, promotion and real estate.

Before Sleep Number, Banner dedicated 18 years to Signet Jewelers, a global specialty retailer jeweler, beginning his career at Signet as a store manager before rising through the ranks to district manager, vice president of regional operations, and ultimately, vice president of strategic integration.

"We are thrilled to welcome Mark to the National Vision team," said Reade Fahs, chief executive officer of National Vision. "Mark’s strong belief in the importance of customer experience, his background in consultative selling, and his commitment to people align perfectly with our culture and values. I know Mark will be a strong advocate for our store associates, patients and customers, and I am really looking forward to working with him."

“National Vision has a remarkable track record of innovation and excellence in the optical retail industry,” said Banner. “Stores are the backbone of the customer experience. The opportunity to lead such a talented team is incredibly exciting, as is the opportunity to bring my experience and passion for specialty retail to a company that values its people and is dedicated to improving the lives of its customers.”

National Vision Holdings, Inc. is one of the largest optical retail companies in the U.S., with more than 1,200 stores in 38 states and Puerto Rico. The company operates four retail brands: America’s Best, Eyeglass World, Vista Opticals inside select Fred Meyer stores, on select military bases, and an e-commerce website, offering a variety of products and services.