Eyecare Services Partners Names Susan Ludwick as SVP of Optical Services

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DALLAS—Eyecare Services Partners (ESP), a leader in integrated eyecare services, has appointed Susan Ludwick as senior vice president of optical services. Ludwick brings more than 25 years of optical industry leadership experience to ESP, most recently as senior vice president and brand manager of Refac Optical Group, which operates U.S. Vision Inc., the sixth-largest retail optical chain in the U.S. market, according to an announcement this week. Ludwick also was executive vice president, retail partnerships, at Refac, and she held escalating operational leadership roles at U.S. Vision and was a regional training operations director and general manager for Luxottica.

She previously held a position as general manager and led regional training for Visionworks. In addition, Ludwick served as a board member for the National Association of Optometrists and Opticians and formerly as president of the board of directors for the Vision Council of Canada.

“Susan has the industry and leadership experience to help our optical practices grow and prosper as part of the high-quality, full-service integrated optical services platform we are building at ESP,” Daniel D. Crowley, ESP’s executive chairman, said in the announcement. “We are very pleased to welcome her to our team.”

“I am thrilled to be part of ESP, the entire team has been very welcoming,” Ludwick said. “This is an exciting company with tremendous potential as a national leader in integrated eyecare services.”

ESP partner practices include Katzen Eye Group, Dulaney Eye Institute, Delaware Eye Center, Inland Eye Specialists, Omni Eye Specialists, Spivack Vision Center, Colorado Eye Center, Milauskas Eye Institute, Chicagoland Retinal Consultants, Hauser-Ross Eye Institute and other ambulatory surgical care centers. In mid-2017, New York-based Harvest Partners, LP and Varsity Healthcare Partners, a health care-focused private equity firm, said they had completed a recapitalization of Eyecare Services Partners, with Harvest acquiring Varsity’s majority ownership interest in the company.