Retail, Health Care and Branding Experts Join VM Summit Program

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019 12:27 AM NEW YORK—The Vision Monday Global Leadership Summit is deepening its focus on consumer trends and behavior as experts in retailing, health care and branding join the day-long program. The live exclusive event, titled, "Decoding the Consumer: The New Science of Customer Behavior," will be held Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at the Times Center here, just prior to Vision Expo East. Six new speakers have been added to the Summit program.

Women In Optometry Welcomes Six New Board Members

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019 12:18 AM NEW YORK—Women in Optometry has announced the addition of six new members to their board. WO board members serve two year terms. The new board members for 2019-20 are: Jenny Coyle, OD, MS, FAAO. Cole is dean of the Pacific University College of Optometry, where she began studying 30 years ago. Cole, who was WO’s 2018 Theia Award winner for education, is passionate about preparing students for the demands they will face when they become professionals. She said, “I had so many great mentors during my career, and mentorship is so important. I feel that it’s our duty to give back to the profession.

Thai Optical Group Releases 2018 Results, Restructures Management Team and Plans to Expand U.S. Customer Base

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Friday, February 15, 2019 12:24 AM BANGKOK—Thai Optical Group announced its 2018 results, a restructuring of its management team and efforts to expand its customer base with a focus on the U.S. and the European Union.

Rockin’ for New Eyes Tickets on Sale Now

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Friday, February 15, 2019 12:21 AM NEW YORK—Tickets are now on sale for Rockin’ for New Eyes, the annual rock ‘n’ roll fundraiser in support of New Eyes for the Needy.

Coburn Promotes David Kilfoil to Marketing Manager

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Thursday, February 14, 2019 12:21 AM SOUTH WINDSOR, Conn.—Coburn Technologies has named David Kilfoil as its marketing manager. Kilfoil has served as the company’s marketing specialist for the past three years. He has been responsible for management of the domestic trade show and exhibition schedule, as well as the coordination of digital and traditional marketing communication covering all areas of the business. “It is a pleasure to promote David to this new role as our marketing manager. It is a well-deserved promotion as he has shown great dedication to the Coburn business during his time with us thus far, and we are excited to see where he will take us in this new role,” said Alex Incera, president of Coburn Technologies.

Puerto Rico Honors CooperVision for Environmental Efforts Around Water Sustainability Practices

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Thursday, February 14, 2019 12:15 AM PLEASANTON, Calif.—CooperVision’s water sustainability efforts have earned its Juana Diaz production and packaging facility in Puerto Rico the top honors from the Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority (PRASA) for the fourth consecutive year, according to an announcement late last week. The PRASA Pre-Treatment Excellence Compliance Award recognized the company’s adherence to operating permit conditions, made possible by ongoing investment in the site’s infrastructure and training. Juana Diaz manufactures a range of CooperVision brands that are shipped worldwide, including popular Biofinity silicone hydrogel contact lenses. Since 2015, the site has reduced its water consumption by 35 percent, significantly cutting the volume of water placed into the treatment system and lowering energy use.

VSP Global Names Gordon Jennings, OD, New Chairman of the Board

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019 12:24 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—The board of directors at VSP Global has named Gordon Jennings, OD, as chairman of the board for a two-year term. Dr. Jennings previously served as the vice chairman. He has been in private practice in Wytheville, Virginia for more than 30 years, and has served on VSP Global’s board since 2010. "We are pleased to have Gordon lead the VSP Global board of directors,” said outgoing board chairman, Daniel L. Mannen, OD, FAAO.

Rev360 Names Corey Crawford as VP of Operations for RevolutionEHR

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019 12:17 AM MADISON, Wis.—In an ongoing commitment to create the world’s best-in-class electronic health records (EHR) software, Rev360 has named Corey Crawford as its vice president of operations for RevolutionEHR, a leading cloud-based EHR and practice management software for eyecare and the software platform of Rev360. Crawford previously was the director of product management for RevolutionEHR, but in his new role he’ll bring a wealth of industry experience to oversee a fusion of software solutions designed to meet the specific needs of the ECPs who use the product, according to an announcement Monday.

Graybug Vision Names Frederic Guerard New Chief Executive Officer

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Monday, February 11, 2019 12:21 AM REDWOOD CITY, Calif.—Graybug Vision has announced that the company’s board of directors appointed Frederic Guerard as chief executive officer. Guerard has been working in the pharmaceutical industry for over 20 years, most recently at Novartis, where he held the position of worldwide businesses franchise head of ophthalmology. While at Novartis, Guerard led the integration of Novartis retina and Alcon pharmaceuticals, among other responsibilities. He has served on the Board of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) and on the Board of Medicines Australia, and holds a PharmaD and a Master of Biological and Medical Sciences from the University of Rouen, France, as well as a Master of Marketing from HEC Paris.

Rodenstock Group Names New CEO

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Friday, February 8, 2019 12:33 AM MUNICH—The Rodenstock Group has appointed Anders Hedegaard as chief executive officer. He follows Oliver Kastalio who has led the company since 2010 and who "will take on a new professional challenge," the company said. Hedegaard joins Rodenstock from the GN Store Nord A/S in Denmark, where he was CEO of GN Hearing, a producer of hearing aid technologies. Hedegaard has a broad background in the global life science and health care sector, according to the company.

Services Planned for Eyewear Industry Pioneer, Shelly Lehrer

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Friday, February 8, 2019 12:15 AM CHATSWORTH, Calif.—Services are planned for Sheldon "Shelly" Lehrer, an early pioneer in the optical frames business, one of the first to import frames and cases to the U.S. eyewear market and arguably one of the industry's first value priced frames provider. Lehrer passed away recently after a long illness. Lehrer was known as a "maverick," a description used by Lehrer himself, along with family, friends, suppliers and competitors who often described the entrepreneurial spirit that guided the company he founded in 1949 to become today a diverse manufacturer, designer and distributor of eyewear and other products to a range of U.S. and international customers. Lehrer initially imported frames from Europe.

Vision Expo Announces 2019 OPTImum Retail Award Finalists, Voting Now Open

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Thursday, February 7, 2019 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Vision Expo has announced the finalists for the second annual OPTImum Retail Award, which celebrates independent boutique retailers by allowing them to showcase their products, stores, visions and stories.

The ASCRS Announces 2019 Ophthalmology Hall of Fame Inductees

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Thursday, February 7, 2019 12:21 AM FAIRFAX, Va.—The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) has announced that it will induct Howard V. Gimbel, MD, MPH, FRCSC, FACS and the late Phillips Thygeson, MD into the ASCRS Ophthalmology Hall of Fame on Saturday, May 4, 2019. The ceremony will be held at 10:00 a.m. at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California, during the ASCRS opening general session of the ASCRS•ASOA Annual Meeting.

Alcon's Dwight Akerman, OD, to Retire After Distinguished 29-Year Career

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Thursday, February 7, 2019 12:18 AM FORT WORTH, Texas—Dwight Akerman, OD, global head of professional affairs & business development, of Alcon, a division of Novartis, has decided to retire after a distinguished 29-year career with Alcon, CIBA Vision, Wesley Jessen, and Novartis Pharma. His retirement will be effective March 1, 2019. Since January 2013, Akerman has served the vision care franchise as global head, professional affairs and business development, and contributed to Alcon’s renewed focus on eyecare professional education by strengthening partnerships with key opinion leaders.

ABB Optical Group Announces Leadership Changes

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019 12:27 AM CORAL SPRINGS, Fla.—ABB Optical Group, a  provider of optical products and business services in the eyecare industry, announced changes to its leadership team and an addition to its board of directors.