BostonSight Elects Dr. Howard Purcell and Ron Remy to Board of Directors

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Wednesday, May 12, 2021 12:15 AM NEEDHAM, Mass.—BostonSight, a nonprofit eye healthcare organization and research center dedicated to saving sight and improving quality of life for patients, has elected Howard Purcell, OD and Ron Remy to the BostonSight board of directors. Dr. Purcell is the current president and CEO of the New England College of Optometry (NECO). Dr. Purcell began his optometric career in a group optometric practice. In 1991, he joined the faculty of Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry, where he was a principal in the development of the Department of Cornea and Contact Lenses. Dr. Purcell has also served as the senior vice president, customer development for Essilor of America and senior director of professional affairs for Johnson & Johnson Vision Care. He is a diplomate in the Cornea and Contact Lens Section of the American Academy of Optometry and a graduate of NECO.

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.

Southern College of Optometry Elects Three to its Board of Trustees

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Wednesday, May 5, 2021 12:18 AM MEMPHIS, Tenn.—Southern College of Optometry (SCO) recently announced the addition of Dr. Betty Harville, Vicki Farmer and Dr. James Kirchner, to its board of trustees. “SCO has made a concerted effort to improve diversity on our campus, and that effort extends to our board,” said Lewis Reich, OD, president of SCO. “Dr. Harville, Ms. Farmer and Dr. Kirchner will bring valuable insights from different racial, professional and geographic perspectives. We look forward to drawing on their talents to further improve the quality education we provide to our future optometrists.”

Zyloware Announces Promotions of Gilda Mehraban, Jackie Janiec

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Friday, April 23, 2021 12:18 AM NEW YORK—Zyloware has announced the promotions of Gilda Mehraban and Jackie Janiec to vice president corporate accounts and business development, and vice president of marketing, respectively. As part of the Global Sales team at Zyloware, Mehraban, promoted to vice president corporate accounts and business development, will provide a focus on strategic opportunities within the U.S. and Canadian markets. In her time at Zyloware, Mehraban has developed specialized expertise in key account and chain management with an eye on brand building.

EyeCare Partners Promotes Clark to Chief Executive as McCrann Moves to Board Position as Part of Planned Transition

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Wednesday, April 21, 2021 12:27 AM ST. LOUIS—EyeCare Partners LLC, the leading network of integrated ophthalmology and medical optometry practices serving patients across the vision care continuum, announced Tuesday the promotion of David A. Clark to chief executive officer, effective immediately. Clark joined EyeCare Partners as president in July 2020 after 20 years with MEDNAX Inc. (NYSE: MD), where he was most recently chief operating officer. Kelly McCrann, who had served as chief executive officer of EyeCare Partners since December 2016, immediately shifts to the role of operating director on the company’s board of managers, where he will focus on industry relations and mergers and acquisitions.

National Vision Names Roger Francis as Chief Stores Officer as Planned Retirement of Sharon Petitt Is Announced

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Wednesday, April 21, 2021 12:21 AM DULUTH, Ga.—National Vision Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: EYE) has announced that Roger Francis will assume the role of chief stores officer, effective May 3. Francis will report to Reade Fahs, chief executive officer, and will oversee operations for more than 1,200 stores across all National Vision brands.

Luneau Technology USA Expands North American Team

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Wednesday, April 21, 2021 12:15 AM BENSENVILLE, Ill.—Luneau Technology USA is expanding its North American team with the addition of industry veterans James Walker and Mary DiMauro. Walker and DiMauro will serve as clinical application specialists (CAS) focusing on the Southern U.S.

GSRx Promotes Bonnie DeMark and Tasha Morgan

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Tuesday, April 20, 2021 12:21 AM SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.—GSRx president, Keith Posin, has announced that Bonnie DeMark, ABOC/CPOA, has been named director of customer interaction, and Tasha Morgan has been named business systems manager and operations/customer service liaison for the Scottsdale-based eyewear supplier.

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.

CooperVision Specialty EyeCare Names Ledonna Buckner and Christine Moufarrej to Technical and Marketing Roles

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021 12:15 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—To support the continued growth of CooperVision Specialty EyeCare customers, the group has promoted Ledonna Buckner to head technical advisor and hired Christine Moufarrej as head of Marketing, EMEA. “Ledonna and Christine add new perspectives and expertise that will be invaluable as we continue to deepen relationships and expand our presence and impact worldwide,” Dr. Juan Carlos Aragón, president, CooperVision Specialty EyeCare. Buckner, who has nearly four decades of industry experience, most recently served as Mid-Atlantic regional account manager for Blanchard, as well as a trainer for the CooperVision Specialty EyeCare commercial sales and consultation teams.

Nikon Optical USA Names Everest Pandya as Director of Business Development

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Wednesday, April 7, 2021 12:24 AM DENVER, Colo.—Nikon Optical USA has appointed Everest Pandya as director of business development. Based here, he reports to Matthieu Geoffray, president of Nikon Optical North America, and works alongside Rick Davis, chief operating officer.

CooperCompanies Names New Chairman and Vice Chairman

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Thursday, March 25, 2021 12:21 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—CooperCompanies (NYSE: COO) announced that its board of directors elected Robert S. Weiss as chairman of the board and William A. Kozy as vice chairman and lead director. Both appointments became effective March 23, 2021.

Bausch Health Announces CFO Succession and Updates Spinoff Plans for Bausch + Lomb

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Friday, March 12, 2021 12:24 AM Bausch Health names succession CFO, GrandVision issues annual report, optical sales see gains, Tracker says, CooperVision announces “Best Practices” honorees and Safilo to use Eastman’s sustainable materials all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

Cazal Announces New Directive Direction Under Allan Rasmussen

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Friday, March 5, 2021 12:15 AM PASSAU, Germany—Cazal has announced that Katharina Schlager, the company’s former CEO and creative director, left the management of op Couture Brillen GmbH on November 30, 2020 and will carry on working for the company in an advisory capacity until the end of March. Schlager had been with Cazal for almost one year; she has been accompanying the firm from the outside as “creative free spirit” since the end of last year. Klaus Lippert, Cazal’s co-director, said, “We see this not as the end of a collaboration but as the beginning of exciting partnerships with artists, designers and other creative free spirits.”

Eye-Kraft Optical, Inc. Promotes Jason Sharpe to President and CEO

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021 12:15 AM ST. CLOUD, Minn.—Eye-Kraft Optical, based here, announced that Jason Sharpe will be promoted to president and CEO, effective March 8, 2021.