VSP Global Names Chris Enslin President of Eyefinity

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Monday, July 6, 2020 12:30 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—VSP Global has announced the appointment of Chris Enslin as president of Eyefinity, a leader in practice management and electronic health records software for the eyecare industry. Enslin will report to Earnie Franklin, VSP Global’s chief operating officer, who has also served as president of Eyefinity since March of 2019. “We are thrilled to welcome Chris to the Eyefinity team,” said Franklin. “His expertise and unique background as a technology leader will ensure our best-in-class integrated practice management solutions continue to advance and meet the evolving needs of doctors and their practices.”

David Clark Named President of EyeCare Partners LLC

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020 12:27 AM ST. LOUIS—EyeCare Partners LLC (ECP), a leading network of full scope medical optometry and ophthalmology practices, announced the addition of David A. Clark to its leadership team in the newly created position of president. In his new role, Clark will report to Kelly McCrann, chief executive officer of EyeCare Partners. Clark brings more than 25 years of growth-oriented executive leadership experience in the health care industry, with most of his time spent partnering with physicians to establish and develop national subspecialty focused physician organizations, the announcement said. He joins ECP from MEDNAX, Inc. (NYSE: MD), a national health solutions partner with a focus on maternal-fetal-newborn and pediatric subspecialties along with radiology and anesthesiology practices across the U.S., where he served as chief operating officer. 

CooperVision Appoints Justin Kwan, OD, to North America Myopia Management Leadership Role

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Friday, June 26, 2020 12:24 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—CooperVision has named Justin Kwan, OD, FAAO, as senior manager, myopia management in its professional and academic affairs group. In this newly created role, Dr. Kwan will be responsible for supporting the growth of the company’s myopia management business across North America, according to the company’s announcement on Thursday. This includes its Brilliant Futures Myopia Management Program featuring MiSight 1 day, the first and only FDA-approved product clinically proven to slow the progression of myopia when initially prescribed for children 8 to 12 years old in the U.S.

Dr. Gerald Neidigh Joins Conexus Board of Directors

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020 12:21 AM RICHMOND, Va.—Conexus for Children’s Vision, a charity based here that delivers comprehensive vision programs to thousands of students across the Commonwealth of Virginia, has elected Gerald Neidigh, OD, to a three-year term on its board of directors.

Shopko Optical Expands Team of Optometrists in Several Regions

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Monday, June 22, 2020 12:18 AM GREEN BAY, Wis.—Shopko Optical has added to its professional staff in several Midwest markets, according to recent announcements. Most recently, the optical retailer noted that Melinda Kennel, OD, has joined its team of optometrists in Nebraska. She will see patients in or near the Norfolk, Neb., area and has specialties in contact lens fitting, primary care, pediatric vision and vision therapy. “Dr. Kennel has a lifelong passion for eye care, and we are thrilled to have her join our exceptional staff of optometrists,” Shopko Optical chief executive officer Russ Steinhorst said in the announcement.

CooperVision Names Simon Seshadri to Lead Global Marketing

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Friday, June 19, 2020 12:24 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—CooperVision has named Simon Seshadri as senior vice president, global marketing, effective immediately. He is responsible for executive leadership and management for the company’s global marketing organization.

Jan Cory Has Joined I-deal Optics as Exec VP and Chief Commercial Officer

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Monday, June 15, 2020 12:18 AM TROY, Mich.—I-deal Optics Holdings, Inc. has announced that Jan Cory has been named executive vice president and chief commercial officer for the company. The position became effective on March 9. In this role, she is responsible for the development, advancement, and execution of the commercial strategy aimed at business growth and the widening of I-deal’s reach, the announcement said. Before joining I-deal Optics, Cory held senior optical industry leadership positions at Luxottica, Viva/Marcolin, Silhouette and most recently, IDOC. 

BostonSight's Sara Yost, President and CEO, Appointed to GP Lens Institute Board

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Thursday, June 11, 2020 12:18 AM NEEDHAM, Mass.—BostonSight, a nonprofit eye health care organization and research center dedicated to saving sight and improving quality of life for patients across the U.S., announced that Sara Yost, its president and CEO, has been appointed to the board of directors of the GP Lens Institute (GPLI). Yost’s appointment reinforces BostonSight’s industry leadership in education and development of practice-building resources for eyecare practitioners, the announcement said. “I am honored to be appointed to the board at GPLI,” said Yost.

VSP Global and Heart of America Eye Care Congress Select Recipient of First Dr. Frank D. Fontana Memorial Scholarship

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Wednesday, June 3, 2020 12:24 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—VSP Global and the Heart of America Eye Care Congress  have announced that Nicholas A. Holtzman, BS, MS, of the University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Optometry is the recipient of the inaugural Dr. Frank D. Fontana Memorial Scholarship. Holtzman received a $4,250 scholarship and a $750 travel grant to attend the 59th Annual Heart of America Eye Care Congress, according to the recent announcement. Holtzman, who is in his third year, is an active member of the American Optometric Student Association https://theaosa.org/ (AOSA).

Optometry Giving Sight Names New Executive Director, North America

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Tuesday, June 2, 2020 12:21 AM GOLDEN, Colo.—Optometry Giving Sight has announced the appointment of Anne Marie Hand, MPH, as its new executive director, North America. Hand assumed the role on June 1... Optometry Giving Sight, which supports eyecare projects in the developing world, has offices in Golden, Colorado and Calgary, Canada. Hand brings a wealth of non-profit management experience to Optometry Giving Sight, the announcement said, and comes to the organization from the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles, where she has been in a leadership position since 2011.

Eyecarrot Appoints Dr. Leonard Press as Chief Scientific Officer

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Monday, June 1, 2020 12:27 AM TORONTO and NEW YORK—Eyecarrot Innovations Corp. has appointed Dr. Leonard Press to chief scientific officer, according to an announcement from the company. Dr. Press has contributed to the company as its Director of Global Education supporting the development resources available to vision professionals through Binovi Academy and the Binovi Platform.

RestoringVision Appoints Kevin Hassey to its Board of Directors

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020 12:24 AM SAN RAFAEL, Calif.—RestoringVision, the largest global nonprofit provider of new reading glasses to people living in impoverished communities around the world, announced the appointment of Kevin Hassey to its board of directors. Hassey will serve along a list of optical industry leaders and business influencers to guide RestoringVision into a successful future, the organization said. “We are thrilled to welcome Kevin as a new director to the RestoringVision board,” said David Chute, chairman. “Kevin has served as an important advisor to RestoringVision since 2015. His extensive optical industry and philanthropic experience will be extremely beneficial in helping the organization continue to thrive and meet its rapidly growing distribution capacity.”

Operation Eyesight Universal Appoints Hedley Lawson to its U.S. Board of Directors

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Tuesday, May 5, 2020 12:15 AM SEATTLE, Wash.—Operation Eyesight Universal has appointed Hedley Lawson, global managing partner for Aligned Growth Partners, LLC, to its board.

Johnson & Johnson Vision Names Dr. Rajesh K. Rajpal as Chief Medical Officer and Global Head of Clinical and Medical Affairs

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Friday, April 24, 2020 12:24 AM JACKSONVILLE, Fla. and SANTA ANA, Calif.—Johnson & Johnson Vision has appointed Rajesh K. Rajpal, MD, as chief medical officer and global head of clinical and medical affairs.

Alcon Names Lisa Praeger as Vice President of U.S. Vision Care Sales

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020 12:22 AM FORT WORTH, Texas – Alcon has named longtime executive Lisa Praeger as its new vice president of U.S. vision care sales. She succeeds Ben Nobles, who has retired after 28 years at Alcon. The announcement came in a note distributed to eyecare professionals this week. Praeger joined Alcon in 1989 as a vision care sales representative in San Francisco, and she has held sales and leadership positions in pharma, vision care, surgical, and most recently, U.S. commercial operations.