ANFAO Completes Governance Transfer, President Lorraine Berton Is Named President of Subsidiary IES Srl

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Wednesday, June 19, 2024 12:18 AM MILAN—As was planned at the beginning of her term as president of ANFAO, the Italian Association of Optical Goods Manufacturers, current president Lorraine Berton has additionally taken on the role of president of the subsidiary IES Srl, the service company which manages a number of activities, including Mido, according to an announcement from ANFAO.

Dr. Susy Yu Appointed as New Vision Services Administrator for Southern California Permanente Medical Group

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Friday, June 7, 2024 12:24 AM PASADENA, Calif.—Susy Yu, OD, MBA, FAAPO, Dipl AAO, has been appointed as the new vision services administrator for the Southern California Permanente Medical Group effective June 3, 2024, succeeding Mitch Rutledge, the group announced. Most recently, Dr. Yu served as the regional director of business strategy and operations support for Vision Essentials at Kaiser Permanente Southern California. According to the group, she is a national advocate for the field of optometry, having served on several boards including the National Board of Examiners in Optometry, the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry, and the California State Board of Optometry.

Anagram Names Shane Shepherd Head of Revenue Cycle Management

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Wednesday, June 5, 2024 12:21 AM SANTA MONICA, Calif.—Anagram, a software solutions company that helps ECPs to better support patients through assistance with vision insurance, lab ordering and administrative tasks, has announced the appointment of Shane Shepherd as the new head of revenue cycle management.

KeraLink International Names Michelle Bockman as New President and CEO

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Thursday, May 30, 2024 12:27 AM BALTIMORE—KeraLink International (KLI), a non-profit organization that provides solutions and technologies to underserved populations suffering from corneal blindness in low- and middle-income countries, has appointed Michelle Bockman as president and chief executive officer, according to an announcement from the company. Bockman will shape the organization’s future direction and lead her team in forging strategic partnerships with generous donors and impact investors, KLI told VMAIL. The company said these investors are committed to restoring sight to the more than 12.7 million people with corneal blindness and to making significant advances in the prevention and early treatment of corneal injury and disease.

Toku Appoints Dr. Robert Weinreb to Board of Directors

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Tuesday, May 7, 2024 12:15 AM SAN DIEGO—Toku has announced the appointment of Robert N. Weinreb, MD, to its board of directors. A tech company specializing in developing non-invasive AI-powered diagnostic and screening tools, Toku noted that Dr. Weinreb's appointment underscores the company's commitment to excellence and innovation in eyecare.

EyeCare Partners Announces Joel Day as New Chief Financial Officer

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Monday, May 6, 2024 12:27 AM ST. LOUIS—EyeCare Partners, a provider of clinically integrated eyecare, has announced that Joel Day has been named executive vice president, finance, and will take the chief financial officer role with the company, effective June 1, 2024. He will have responsibility for the strategic planning, implementation and management of all EyeCare Partners finance activities, including accounting, business planning, budgeting, forecasting, revenue cycle management (RCM) and procurement. Day will succeed Bob Gold, who has shared his intent to depart the organization, effective May 31.

Safilo North America Names Gabriele Cusani Sodano President and Chief Commercial Officer

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Thursday, May 2, 2024 12:30 AM SECAUCUS, N.J.—Safilo North America has announced the appointment of Gabriele Cusani Sodano as president and chief commercial officer, effective April 2024. Cusani brings a wealth of experience and a proven track record to succeed in this new role, which will focus on accelerating the implementation of the Group’s strategic plan in the North American market, the company stated. He joined Safilo in 2015 and has held various roles of increasing responsibility throughout his tenure, with experience that spans commercial strategy and planning, brand management, business development, sales operations and direct to consumer.

STAAR Surgical Appoints Nancy Sabin as Chief Marketing Officer and Nathaniel Sisitsky as General Counsel

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Thursday, May 2, 2024 12:21 AM LAKE FOREST, Calif.—STAAR Surgical Company, developer, manufacturer and marketer of the EVO family of implantable collamer lenses (EVO ICL) for myopia, astigmatism and presbyopia, has announced that Nancy Sabin has been named chief marketing officer and Nathaniel Sisitsky has been named general counsel.

Wiley X Expands Sales Team By More Than 100, Names Aaron Quigley Senior Vice President of Sales

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Tuesday, April 30, 2024 12:24 AM FRISCO, Texas—Wiley X has restructured and expanded its sales team to enhance the brand’s relationships and support across retail partners and customers.

Héctor Roque Named New Sales Director of East Optical

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Monday, April 29, 2024 12:18 AM JIAXING, China—East Optical, one of the principal ophthalmic lens manufacturers in China, has announced the appointment of Héctor L. Roque as sales director for Latin America and the Caribbean, effective May 1, 2024.

Safilo Shareholders Approve 2023 Financial Statements; Angelo Trocchia Continues as CEO

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Thursday, April 25, 2024 12:27 AM PADUA, Italy—Safilo Group S.p.A. (SFLG.MI) has announced that shareholders have approved the company's 2023 financial statements and the board of directors’ report during their annual meeting yesterday, and viewed consolidated financial statements. In addition, a new board of directors was appointed, and as its first action confirmed that Angelo Trocchia, who has served as chief executive officer since April 2018, would continue in this role. Eugenio Razelli has been named chairman of the board of directors, according to the announcement, and director Jeffrey A. Cole is no longer serving on the board.

Eversight Center Awards 2024 Eye and Vision Research Grants

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Tuesday, April 9, 2024 12:18 AM CLEVELAND—The Eversight Center for Vision and Eye Banking Research has announced that it has awarded four grants to investigators at Tufts University, Wayne State University and University of Michigan to advance promising eye and vision research.

Digital Diagnostics Names Kurt Blasena as Chief Commercial Officer

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Monday, April 8, 2024 12:27 AM CORALVILLE, Iowa—Digital Diagnostics, creator of LumineticsCore, an FDA De Novo-cleared, fully autonomous artificial intelligence system for the diagnosis of diabetic retinopathy, has announced the appointment of health care industry veteran Kurt Blasena as its chief commercial officer.

EyePoint Pharmaceuticals Expands Scientific Advisory Board

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Thursday, April 4, 2024 12:15 AM WATERTOWN, Mass.—EyePoint Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: EYPT), a company that develops therapeutics to improve the lives of patients with serious retinal diseases, has announced the appointment of leading global ophthalmologists to its scientific advisory board.

Curative Biotechnology, Inc. Announces Nomination of Dr. Theresa Heah to Board of Directors

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Monday, March 25, 2024 12:15 AM PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.—Curative Biotechnology Inc. (OTC: CUBT), a development-stage biomedical company focused on novel treatments for degenerative eye diseases, announced the nomination of Dr. Theresa Heah to its board of directors. Dr. Heah is expected to join its board of directors immediately as an independent director. In addition to other board duties, Dr. Heah will serve on the newly created Clinical Development Committee of the board.