Bollé Brands Announces François Benaben as President of Sport and Luxury Division

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020 12:21 AM LYON, France—Bollé Brands has named François Benaben as the president of its sport and luxury division. Benaben, formerly vice president of the Rossignol Group for Europe, Asia and the Southern Hemisphere, has spent 14 years in several sales and category management positions at various companies.

Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association (NORA) Names New Executive and Advisory Board Officers

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020 12:15 AM MANALAPAN, N.J.—The Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association, International (NORA) announced the appointments of its new executive and advisory board members. For the executive board, DeAnn Fitzgerald, OD, assumes the position of president, succeeding Susan Daniel, OD, who now joins the NORA Advisory Board; Charles Shidlofsky, OD, FCOVD is appointed vice president; and Tanya Polec, OD, FNORA, FCOVD, joins the executive board as secretary/treasurer. Drs. Shirley Blanc and Melissa Zarn Urankar are new members of the NORA Advisory Board, joining returning members Patti Andrich, MA, OTR/L, COVT, CINPP , Shirley Ha, OD, FCOVD , and Gina Kim, MOT, OTR/L, CBIS. 

Sanitas Advisors Expands Executive Team

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Friday, September 18, 2020 12:15 AM BOULDER, Colo.—Moving to expand and optimize capabilities across the eyecare industry, Sanitas Advisors has announced the addition of John Walborn and Dr. Weslie Hamada to their team of strategic advisors. “I am proud of the team we are assembling and excited about building the future together,” said Bart Foster, founder and managing director. He added "Sanitas Advisors partners with organizations across the public and private sector to tackle their important challenges and help accelerate innovation," according to the announcement.

Naomi Kelman Appointed to National Vision’s Board of Directors

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020 12:15 AM DULUTH, Ga.—National Vision Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: EYE), appointed Naomi Kelman, former CEO and president at Willow, to its board of directors, effective Sept. 14. “We are so excited to have Naomi join our board of directors,” said Reade Fahs, CEO at National Vision. “We developed a deep respect for Naomi a decade ago—during the five years she so successfully ran Johnson and Johnson’s contact lens business for the Americas. Her subsequent experience in digital transformation and the development of disruptive products, along with her success at scaling health care models will be valuable to National Vision as we continue our growth trajectory.”

Global Optics President, Barbara Vitchus, to Retire September 30

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Friday, September 11, 2020 12:18 AM GREEN BAY, Wis.—Barbara Vitchus, who has served as general manager and president of Global Optics for the past nine years, is retiring, effective Sept. 30. She will continue to consult with Global Optics until the end of 2020, a company spokesperson said. Vitchus, who has an extensive background in operations management, finance, labor relations and contract negotiations, joined Global Optics in 2011. Under her leadership, the company undertook a number of key growth initiatives.

Keplr Vision Promotes Throne and Pistone in its Operations Group

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Tuesday, September 8, 2020 12:27 AM BLOOMINGTON, Ill.—Keplr Vision has announced the promotion of Sarah Throne to senior vice president of business operations and Shondra Pistone to vice president of operations. Keplr noted in its announcement that “in the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, both Sarah and Shondra worked tirelessly, providing leadership across the organization and overseeing initiatives that helped bring clinics back after all were shuttered for at least two weeks.” “The recent months have been filled with monumental challenges requiring real-time, complex decision making on a scale that no one could have ever predicted,” Keplr Vision chief operating officer Adam Rosengren said in the announcement. “These two individuals stepped up and worked tirelessly to help us weather the storm and ensure the safety of our patients and team members.”

Retina Consultants of America Announces Alliance With Minnesota’s VitreoRetinal Surgery, PA

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Thursday, September 3, 2020 12:18 AM SOUTHLAKE, Texas—Retina Consultants of America (RCA), a comprehensive physician management services organization, said Wednesday that it has established a new alliance with VitreoRetinal Surgery, PA, which is based in Minnesota but serves patients across the upper Midwest.

Keplr Vision Establishes New Medical Advisory Board With Five Inaugural OD Members

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Wednesday, September 2, 2020 12:21 AM BLOOMINGTON, Ill.—Keplr Vision has announced the formation of its new Medical Advisory Board (MAB) and the appointment of five inaugural members.

VSP Global Appoints Tiffanie Burkhalter President of VSP Ventures

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Tuesday, September 1, 2020 12:24 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—VSP Global announced today the promotion of Tiffanie Burkhalter as president of VSP Ventures. In this role, Burkhalter will lead the company’s business unit designed to provide care-focused choices for doctors of optometry looking to transition their practices. Burkhalter succeeds Steve Baker, who is retiring after more than 20 years with VSP.  

CooperVision Promotes Melissa Kiewe to Vice President, North America Marketing

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Wednesday, August 26, 2020 12:18 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—CooperVision has appointed Melissa Kiewe vice president, North America marketing, according to an announcement from the company. She is responsible for overseeing all regional marketing strategies and demand creation initiatives, including product launches, programs and promotions. She succeeds Simon Seshadri, who was promoted to the position of senior vice president, global marketing in June. Kiewe joined CooperVision in 2016 as senior director, customer marketing, for which she led the development of multifaceted marketing programs, marketing communications initiatives, and national and customer brand product launches.

Stacey Soltis to Join Eyewear Designs as Regional Manager for Central/Southwest U.S.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2020 12:15 AM BETHPAGE, N.Y.—Eyewear Designs Ltd. announced that Stacey Soltis has been named to the newly created position of regional manager for Central/Southwest of the U.S. for the company, effective Sept. 1. In this newly created role, Soltis will report to Michael Shavitz, vice president of sales, who also joins Eyewear Designs at that time, as VMAIL previously reported this week . Soltis will be responsible for expanding the company's reach in the region with independent ECPs and regional/national key accounts, the announcement said. 

Michael Shavitz to Join Eyewear Designs as Vice President of U.S. Sales

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Tuesday, August 25, 2020 12:18 AM BETHPAGE, N.Y.—Eyewear Designs Ltd. has announced that Michael Shavitz has been named vice president of U.S. sales for the company. In this new role, Shavitz will be responsible for the development, advancement, and execution of expanding its existing channels of distribution and widening the company's reach with independent ECPs.

Tri-State Centers for Sight Announces Corporate Name Change to MidWest Eye Center

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Wednesday, August 19, 2020 12:18 AM CINCINNATI—MidWest Eye Center is the new corporate name for the large practice group previously known as Tri-State Centers for Sight, according to a recent announcement.

WaveFront Dynamics Names Jeff Kolberg as New Chief Commercial Officer

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Monday, August 17, 2020 12:21 AM ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—WaveFront Dynamics Inc. (WaveDyn), an early-stage ophthalmic medical device company, announced that Jeff Kolberg has been appointed as the company’s chief commercial officer (CCO). Kolberg joins the leadership team with extensive industry experience to lead WaveDyn’s corporate strategy and future commercialization of its products, including overseeing marketing, sales and service teams, according to the announcement. The company is focusing efforts on its dynamic wavefront measurement device and advanced treatment solutions, which will help restore vision and quality of life for patients with highly aberrated eyes.

Charmant Announces Promotion of Marico Nollora to IT Manager, Hires Nick Franco

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Friday, August 14, 2020 12:15 AM MORRIS PLAINS, N.J.—Charmant has announced the promotion of Marico Nollora to information technology manager, effective immediately. Norolla, who has over 20 years of experience in a variety of industries and a long tenure at Charmant, will now be responsible for overseeing the development and management of internal systems, in addition to the integration with business partners. Nollora said, “I am confident I’ll be putting my skills to good use and look forward to the challenges ahead to bring Charmant to new heights.”