Luxottica Wholesale N.A. Invests in Independent Optical Sales Division to Focus on Brands

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Thursday, January 16, 2020 12:24 AM NEW YORK—Luxottica Wholesale N.A. said it is investing in the evolution of its independent optical sales division, which accounts for the largest component of the company’s overall sales force. The independent optical sales division is made up of approximately 300 salespeople who serve ECPs throughout North America with Luxottica’s brands. "These changes will strengthen Luxottica’s consultative approach to ECPs by putting greater focus on brands and customer support," a company spokesperson told VMAIL, adding, "the evolution is designed to empower Luxottica’s talent and rally them together as part of one family. The primary change will be a greater focus on brands."

New Chair, Members Named to Eversight Board of Directors

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Thursday, January 16, 2020 12:15 AM ANN ARBOR, Mich.— Eversight has announced that two new members and a new chair have been named to its board of directors, effective Jan. 1, 2020. Eversight is a nonprofit organization with a mission to restore sight and prevent blindness through the healing power of donation, transplantation and research. Joining the Eversight board of directors are Carolyn Welsh, vice president & chief clinical officer, NJ Sharing Network, and Mahmoud N. Ghazzi, MD, Ph.D, MPH, an experienced researcher and biopharmaceutical consultant.

New Look Vision Group Promotes Schonfeld to Senior Vice President, Business Development

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Friday, January 10, 2020 12:18 AM MONTREAL—New Look Vision Group Inc. (BCI.TO) has appointed Jason Schonfeld, CFA, to the role of senior vice president, business development. Schonfeld joined New Look Vision in November 2015 as director, corporate development, according to an announcement earlier this week. He has held the position of chief financial officer of Iris, The Visual Group (1990) Inc. since October 2017. Iris is New Look Vision’s optometric division. “Jason’s track record and experience, from external growth to integration of acquired business units, most recently at Iris, are instrumental to support New Look Vision’s current strategic and operating priorities,” New Look Vision chief executive officer Antoine Amiel said.

EyeCare 20/20 Becomes the First New Jersey Eyecare Practice to Join OCLI Group

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Thursday, December 12, 2019 12:18 AM
GARDEN CITY, N.Y.—OCLI, a Spectrum Vision Partners (SVP) managed practice organization, has added the EyeCare 20/20 practice of New Jersey to its group. The northern New Jersey practice becomes the first in New Jersey within the OCLI ophthalmology group, according to the announcement earlier this week. Founded in 1997, OCLI oversees a leading group of ophthalmology practices in the Northeast, with 21 state-of-the-art medical facilities across Manhattan, Nassau and Suffolk counties in New York.

Vision Innovation Partners Acquires Three Northern Maryland Eyecare Facilities

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019 12:18 AM ANNAPOLIS, Md.—Vision Innovation Partners has acquired two practice groups and a surgery center in northern Maryland, according to a recent announcement. The acquisition of Carroll Vision CenterCenter for Total Eye Care and Carroll County Surgery Center further expands Vision Innovation Partners' growing network of ophthalmology practices in the Mid-Atlantic region, the announcement noted. Vision Innovation Partners, which is a portfolio company of the private equity firm Centre Partners, said the acquisitions demonstrate its “continued commitment to recruiting top-performing doctors and expanding patient access to care across its growing network of practice locations and surgery centers in the Mid-Atlantic [region].”

National Vision Holdings Names Joan Blackwood as Chief Marketing Officer

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019 12:24 AM DULUTH, Ga.—National Vision Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: EYE), one of the nation’s largest optical retailers, announced Monday that Joan Blackwood has joined the company as chief marketing officer. She will report to chief executive officer Reade Fahs, according to the announcement. Blackwood will be responsible for leading the organization’s marketing function, including strategic brand management, creative, CRM, advertising and media, digital marketing, e-commerce and research/insights. Blackwood comes to National Vision from the University of Phoenix, where she served as chief marketing officer and was responsible for increasing brand consideration, accelerating efficient customer acquisition growth, while increasing retention rates. Prior to that, she held the chief marketing officer role for several companies, including 1-800-Contacts/Glasses.com, Zumba Fitness and Monster Worldwide, as well as a variety of marketing leadership roles.

EyeCare Services Partners Names Stark as Vice President, Managed Care

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Friday, December 6, 2019 12:24 AM DALLAS—EyeCare Services Partners (ESP), a leader in integrated eyecare services, has named Chris R. Stark as vice president, managed care. Stark is responsible for the firm’s contractual relationships with payors and provider enrollment/credentialing, according to the ESP announcement. Stark comes to ESP with nearly 20 years of experience in health care contracting and provider network development. Most recently, Stark was vice president, contracting and network development for Methodist Health System in Dallas, where he led payor contracting and related functions for an integrated health system that included hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, imaging centers and a 600-physician ACO.

Bollé Brands Announces Chris Abbruzzese as New Vice President of Trade Marketing

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019 12:27 AM
BOSTON—Bollé Brands announced that Chris Abbruzzese has been named vice president of trade marketing for Bollé Brands, North America.

ABB Optical Names Marc Tersigni as Country Manager for Business Operations in Canada

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019 12:21 AM
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla.—ABB Optical Group, a leading provider of products, services and business solutions for the eyecare industry, has named Marc Tersigni as its country manager for its Canadian operations, according to an announcement on Tuesday. In this role, Tersigni will be responsible for leading business operations in Canada as ABB Optical Group will begin distributing contact lenses to Canadian eyecare professionals beginning in the first quarter of 2020. In September, ABB Optical first announced its plans to expand into the Canadian market beginning next year. It will distribute contact lenses starting with servicing FYidoctors, Canada’s largest doctor-owned provider of eyecare and ophthalmic products and services, and the group’s independent alliance clinics, as VMAIL reported

Optometry Giving Sight Establishes New Board of Directors

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019 12:24 AM GOLDEN, Colo.—Optometry Giving Sight (OGS) has established a new Board of Directors to oversee the organization, according to an announcement. Dr. Juan Carlos Aragon, president of CooperVision’s Specialty Eye Care Division, is the president of the new board. He previously served as Optometry Giving Sight’s chair of their Advisory Council U.S.A. and the Global Board for several years. Joining Dr. Aragón on the board are: Dr. Howard Purcell, president and CEO of the New England College of Optometry; Yvette Waddell, CEO of Brien Holden Vision Institute Foundation; Dr. Susan Cooper, former president of the World Council of Optometry; and Dr. Earl Smith, former Dean of the University of Houston College of Optometry.

Rebecca Giefer Named CEO of Modo Americas

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019 12:24 AM NEW YORK—Following a 15-year tenure at the company, Rebecca Giefer has been appointed as CEO of Modo Americas, effective Sept. 1.

National Vision Holdings, Inc. Appoints Heather Cianfrocco to Board of Directors

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Thursday, July 25, 2019 12:18 AM DULUTH, Ga.—National Vision Holdings, Inc. (EYE) announced the appointment of Heather Cianfrocco, chief executive officer, UnitedHealthcare Community & State, a division of UnitedHealth Group, (NYSE: UNH), to its board of directors, effective July 24. Cianfrocco will serve on the board’s compensation committee.“We are thrilled to welcome Heather to our board of directors,” said Reade Fahs, CEO, National Vision Holdings, Inc. “She brings a deep expertise in the world of managed health care, clinical care strategy and operations, as well as experience in corporate and securities law specific to health care entities. Her unique and specific expertise couldn’t be better suited for our mission of increasing access to affordable eyecare and eyewear for budget-conscious Americans.”

Blackfin Names Filippo Pustetto Global Sales Director

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Monday, July 15, 2019 12:21 AM BELLUNO, Italy—Pramaor, the company specializing in the manufacture of high-end titanium eyewear under the Blackfin brand, has named Filippo Pustetto as its global sales director. Pustetto began his role on July 8, and will report directly to CEO Nicola Del Din. In this role, Pustetto will define and implement a new sales strategy consistent with Blackfin’s growth, sales, and profit objectives. He will also work on the development and management of the Blackfin sales force, which consists of 30 direct sales agents and 25 distributors in 35 countries.

Dr. Alan R. Morse Will Retire As President and CEO of Lighthouse Guild

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Friday, June 28, 2019 12:18 AM NEW YORK—James M. Dubin, chairman of the Board of Lighthouse Guild, announced Wednesday that Alan R. Morse, JD, PhD will be stepping down later this year as president and CEO of Lighthouse Guild after an extraordinary career of almost 52 years as a leader and innovator in the field of vision and health. “Dr. Morse is an innovator with a deep commitment to providing quality programs and services for people with vision loss,” said Dubin. “His leadership has changed how we as a society think about blindness and low vision.

ABB Optical Group Announces New Director of Strategic Partnerships

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019 12:18 AM CORAL SPRINGS, Fla.—ABB Optical Group, a leading provider of optical products and business services in the eyecare industry, announced that Mike Austin has joined the company as director of strategic partnerships. In his new position, Austin will be instrumental in identifying, developing and maximizing the relationships between ABB Optical and leading organizations in the optical industry. These relationships will focus on developing programs that focus on the ECP, the patients they serve and the teams that they lead, while delivering strategic value for the participating organizations, the company said.