American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Parke Will Step Down After 12 Years of Leadership

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Monday, May 24, 2021 12:18 AM SAN FRANCISCO—The American Academy of Ophthalmology chief executive officer David W. Parke II, MD, has informed the Academy’s board of trustees that he is stepping down.

Shopko Optical Welcomes Vice President of Strategic Development Cameron Weiner to Leadership Team

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Tuesday, May 18, 2021 12:27 AM GREEN BAY, Wis.—Shopko Optical, which recently surpassed 100 standalone locations, has named Cameron Weiner to its leadership team as vice president of strategic development.

Eschenbach Appoints Gina Carey as Controller

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Thursday, May 6, 2021 12:15 AM DANBURY, Conn.—Eschenbach Optik of America announced that Gina Carey has joined the company as controller. She is responsible for all financial and accounting operations, distribution and logistics, information technology, facilities and compliance. A former Big 4 accountant and auditor, Carey joins Eschenbach after several years as a consultant, providing executive leadership, financial strategy, accounting and profit optimization guidance to her client base. Prior to opening her own consulting practice, she served as managing director and CFO of a mid-sized marketing services company, CFO of a market research business and SVP of finance & operations of a digital media organization.

Versant Health Names Kimberly Davis Chief Financial Officer

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021 12:21 AM BALTIMORE—Versant Health, a leading national managed vision care company, has named Kimberly Davis as its chief financial officer (CFO), effective April 1. Davis previously served as the chief accounting officer for Versant Health, where she was responsible for GAAP and statutory reporting, as well as compliance, treasury functions and support for financial initiatives and strategies. Prior to joining Versant Health in 2018, Davis served as senior vice president and corporate controller for Jensen Hughes. She brings more than 10 years of senior financial leadership experience to her role.

Surface Ophthalmics Names Preeya K. Gupta, MD, as Chief Medical Advisor

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Thursday, April 1, 2021 12:15 AM PLEASANTON, Calif.—Surface Ophthalmics Inc., a pharmaceutical company focused on innovative therapeutics for ocular diseases, has appointed Preeya K. Gupta, MD, as chief medical advisor (CMA).

CooperVision Introduces 2021 ‘Best Practices’ Honorees as Program Celebrates U.S. Optometry Practices

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Tuesday, March 9, 2021 12:27 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—During a year of unprecedented challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, eyecare practices across the nation have adapted to meet the changing needs of their patients and find ways to not only survive, but thrive. In celebration of 10 such practices, on Monday CooperVision announced its 2021 “Best Practices” honorees. Now in its sixth year, CooperVision’s Best Practices program highlights optometric practices in the U.S. that advance the profession.

Eyemart Express Will Pay Frontline Associates Bonuses for Receiving COVID-19 Vaccinations

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Friday, February 12, 2021 12:18 AM DALLAS—In an effort to support its employees who want to receive a COVID-19 vaccination, Eyemart Express said Thursday it would pay bonuses to those frontline associates who receive the vaccine.

National Vision Appoints Jose Armario to Board of Directors

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Monday, February 8, 2021 12:21 AM DULUTH, Ga.—National Vision Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: EYE), one of the nation’s largest optical retailers, announced the appointment of Jose Armario, chief executive officer and president at Bojangles’ Inc., to its board of directors, effective Feb. 4.

Johnson & Johnson Vision Names Peter Menziuso as Worldwide President for Vision Care

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Monday, February 1, 2021 12:27 AM JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—Johnson & Johnson Vision has announced that Peter Menziuso will assume the role of worldwide president, vision care, for Johnson & Johnson Vision immediately.

Optical Industry Veteran Erik Ritchie Joins EnChroma as CEO

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Monday, January 11, 2021 12:27 AM BERKELEY, Calif.—EnChroma, creators of EnChroma eyewear for color blindness, has named Erik Ritchie as CEO. Ritchie brings 25 years of business management experience to EnChroma.

ReFocus Eye Health Adds Dr. Brittany Strebig to its Meriden and Bloomfield Practices

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Tuesday, December 29, 2020 12:15 AM WATERBURY, Conn.—ReFocus Eye Health has announced that Brittany Strebig, OD, has joined its health care professional team.

Binovi Appoints Dr. Michael Gallaway to the Binovi Scientific Advisory Board

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Monday, December 28, 2020 12:15 AM TORONTO and NEW YORK—Binovi Technologies Corp. (TSX-V:VISN) has announced the appointment of Dr. Michael Gallaway to the Binovi scientific advisory board.

Prism Vision Group Moves Headquarters to Berkeley Heights, N.J.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2020 12:18 AM BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J.— Prism Vision Group, a leading vertically integrated eyecare services organization in the Mid-Atlantic region, has moved its corporate headquarters from Union, N.J., to 420 Mountain Avenue in Berkeley Heights, N.J.

Shopko Optical Ends Year With Influx of New ECP Hires and Sets Plan to Open 50 or More Optical Centers in 2021

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Thursday, December 17, 2020 12:30 AM GREEN BAY, Wis.—As the challenging 2020 year comes to an end, Shopko Optical noted in an announcement this week that it managed to maintain “steady growth in hiring qualified optometrists and expanding its optical centers during a tumultuous year.” The optical retailer opened 11 centers within new and existing markets in 2020 while also hiring 40 optometrists. Shopko Optical, an affiliate of Monarch Alternative Capital since mid-2019, currently has 92 optical centers across the Midwest and Far West.

Eschenbach Optik of American Names New Controller

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Tuesday, December 15, 2020 12:15 AM DANBURY, Conn.—Eschenbach Optik of America, has appointed Jennifer Smith as controller. Smith is responsible for all accounting, financial, distribution and IT activities for Eschenbach.