Accreditation Council on Optometric Education Names Stephanie Puljak as Director

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Friday, November 13, 2020 12:15 AM ST. LOUIS—The Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) announced that Stephanie Puljak has been named as director of ACOE, effective Sept. 8, 2020.

Paul Misiti Named COO at Lighthouse Guild

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Tuesday, November 10, 2020 12:18 AM NEW YORK—Paul Misiti has been named chief operating officer at Lighthouse Guild. Misiti is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of Lighthouse Guild and works closely with the CEO and staff to implement high priority initiatives.

Shopko Optical Expands Sales Leadership Team With Three New Regional Managers

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Monday, November 9, 2020 12:18 AM GREEN BAY, Wis.—Shopko Optical, a provider of patient-centric eyecare and quality eyewear, has announced that Lisa Cowan, Katherine Christy and Nancy Newstrom have joined the field leadership team as regional managers.

Pete Lothes Moves to New Executive Role at Essilor of America, as Bruno Fischer Is Named the New CEO of Global Satisloh Group

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Thursday, November 5, 2020 12:30 AM BAAR, Switzerland—After five years with Satisloh, first as head of region North America and for the last two years as president/CEO for the global Satisloh Group, Pete Lothes will take on a new leadership role within Essilor of America as SVP operations and supply chain.

Keplr Vision Names Dr. Eric Schmidt and Dr. Jeff Lewis to Leadership Roles

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Thursday, November 5, 2020 12:24 AM BLOOMINGTON, Ill.—Keplr Vision announced this week the appointment of key eyecare opinion leaders Dr. Eric Schmidt to vice president of professional development and Dr. Jeff Lewis to director of school engagement.

PolyActiva Appoints Tracy Valorie, Former B+L Executive, to its Board

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Monday, November 2, 2020 12:18 AM MELBOURNE, Australia—PolyActiva, a clinical-stage ophthalmology biopharmaceutical company, has appointed Tracy Valorie, a highly experienced ophthalmic industry expert, as a new member to its board of directors.

Brian Dever Is Named Chief Development Officer at Lighthouse Guild

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Friday, October 23, 2020 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Brian Dever has been named chief development officer at Lighthouse Guild. He brings over 20 years of nonprofit leadership and development experience to the position and will focus on expanding and deepening philanthropic support for the critical work of the organization.

Allergan Announces Updates to Eye Care Optometric Professional Relations Team

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Tuesday, October 20, 2020 12:27 AM MADISON, N.J.—Allergan Eye Care, protecting and preserving vision by creating innovative products and services for providers and patients for over 70 years, announced the retirement of Dave Gibson, associate VP of consumer eyecare and customer development, after 20 years of service.

Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions Announces a New College of Optometry and Appoints Dr. Adam Hickenbotham as Dean

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Tuesday, October 20, 2020 12:21 AM PROVO, Utah—Addressing what it said is a shortage of optometry colleges in the western U.S., Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions will develop a new college of optometry with Adam Hickenbotham, OD, MPH, PhD, selected as the founding dean.

CooperVision Promotes Michele Andrews, OD, to Vice President, Professional & Government Affairs

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Thursday, October 15, 2020 12:24 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—CooperVision Inc.  has promoted Michele Andrews, OD, to vice president, Professional & Government Affairs, Americas. In this newly created role, she is responsible for fostering collaboration between the company and eyecare professionals.

Kenmark Eyewear Promotes Jason Wehlage to VP of Product and Design, Marissa Cundiff to VP of Marketing

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Tuesday, October 13, 2020 12:21 AM LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Kenmark Eyewear has announced the promotions of Jason Wehlage and Marissa Cundiff. Whelage, who began his career at Kenmark in 2001 as a design assistant, has held roles as product designer and director of product design.

Shopko Optical Adds to its Team of ECPs and Opens New Illinois Location

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Thursday, October 1, 2020 12:18 AM GREEN BAY, Wis.—Shopko Optical,  a leading Midwest optical retailer, has completed a busy few months with several new optometrist hires and the addition of a new Illinois location. Shopko Optical, which was spun out of the 2019 bankruptcy of Shopko Stores, has provided eyecare services across the Midwest and Upper Midwest communities for over 40 years. Shopko Optical, which operates more than 80 locations, is the trade name of Shoptikal LLC, an affiliate of Monarch Alternative Capital LP. Monarch acquired Shopko Optical during bankruptcy proceedings in mid-2019, as VMAIL reported.

Marcolin Group Appoints Alessandro Beccarini as New Style and Product Development Director

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Tuesday, September 29, 2020 12:24 AM LONGARONE, Italy—Marcolin Group has announced the appointment of Alessandro Beccarini to the role of style and product development director for the Group.

WestGroupe Appoints Alexis Nyiro Director of Product and Marketing

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Thursday, September 24, 2020 12:24 AM MONTREAL, Canada—WestGroupe has announced that Alexis Nyiro has been promoted to director of product and marketing. Nyiro joined WestGroupe 11 years ago, and “has been instrumental in the design and development of WestGroupe’s product portfolio and has been an integral part of marketing our brands over the years,” the company said.

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.