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Eyebobs Bolsters Leadership Team

The goal is to support rapid growth and digital innovation.

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(PRESS RELEASE) MINNEAPOLIS — Eyebobs, the Minneapolis-based eyewear brand, welcomes a new leadership team across marketing, sales and information technology. The strategic hires on the executive and marketing teams will oversee eyebobs’ rapid retail expansion as well as manage brand growth in direct-to-consumer channels and key accounts through strategic campaign development and execution.

Leading the addition of new talent is Vice President of Marketing Joe Prebich. Prebich will oversee all marketing, brand and product operations in North America, and joins eyebobs in its Minneapolis, Minnesota, headquarters. Prebich comes to eyebobs with extensive experience as a retail-driven brand marketer, effectively leading strategic e-commerce campaigns and elevating the digital and brick-and-mortar presence of several notable brands including Oakley, Red Bull and Fjällräven. As vice president of brand at Fjällräven, he developed and executed strategic marketing solutions and aided in the brand’s extensive growth through core messaging and brand development.

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The brand also announces the addition of Andy Swope, vice president of IT. Swope comes to eyebobs with more than two decades of experience creating, leading and executing digital marketing and e-commerce campaigns in the financial services and speciality retail landscapes. He has served in senior leadership roles at Schwans, Gander Mountain, Asset Marketing Services, and Wells Fargo where he played a significant role in leading strategic innovation opportunities and digital marketing efforts.

“ The caliber of talent joining our executive and marketing teams is invaluable as we drive for aggressive growth,” says Mike Hollenstein, CEO of eyebobs. “With Joe’s deep experience in executing creative marketing strategy, and Andy’s expertise in disrupting digital landscapes, we are positioned for success while we grow our number of retail doors and help our teams scale to market demands in 2019.”

The leadership expansion comes as eyebobs restructures its internal marketing and sales teams with the addition of Megan McGough as director of marketing and sales operations, and Sarah Lindberg as director of sales. McGough joins eyebobs with nearly a decade of marketing experience at Target Corp., Mammut Sports Group and Fjällräven North America. She will closely support the brand in large-scale marketing plans, while providing ground-level support at eyebobs retail openings, trade shows, and brand events.

Lindberg brings a wealth of startup drive and corporate scale to the sales process. Leading the wholesale team, Lindberg will focus on specialty retail, optical, and key accounts, all essential components to eyebobs brand success.

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“I am thrilled to join a brand that has built success by valuing authenticity and diversity for nearly 20 years,” says Prebich. “With the marketing and sales expertise of Megan and Sara on board, we are excited to begin launching new retail locations across the nation. As eyebobs presence grows, those values will remain at the core of our efforts. We’re eager to focus on enhancing the brand’s legendary model of service in our brand centers and improving our fans’ digital experience in order to help frame each person uniquely.”

The restructuring at eyebobs coincides with the brand’s growing presence across the U.S. After opening three brand stores in the past 18 months, eyebobs is planning for 12 new brand centers nationwide. Three of the four store openings will occur in a one-month span during spring 2019 in Boston, Denver, and Washington, DC.

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Morel’s Wins the 25th Annual Communicator Award of Excellence

It wins the award in the B2B category.

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(PRESS RELEASE) WYCKOFF, NJ — Morel, the French reference in eyewear, established in 1880, is very excited to receive a Communicator Award for the 2018 B2B campaign, See More, See Morel.

This international award was granted in recognition of Morel’s 360° communication campaign, launched at Silmo 2018. The new campaign features circles that are multicolor and fun, leaving an everlasting footprint. More than just an image, the circles blend Morel’s rich heritage and expertise in designs.

The Morel team is honored to accept the award and be on the lookout for the See More, See Morel campaign on Morel’s advertisements.

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Marcolin Group Announces Operational Changes

This is part of an agreed-upon plan between the parties involved.

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(PRESS RELEASE) LONGARONE, BL — Marcolin Group, one of the worldwide leading eyewear companies, announces that Giovanni Zoppas is leaving his responsibilities in the group, while still remaining as a director of the board.

Giovanni Zoppas moves on to Thélios in the role of CEO and general manager of the joint venture established by Marcolin with the LVMH Group.

This is part of an agreed-upon plan between the parties, aimed at maximizing the overall value of Marcolin Group.

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House Subcommittee Urges FTC to Modernize Contact Lens Verification Process

Patient safety advocates have repeatedly called attention to flaws in current rules related to prescription verification.

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(PRESS RELEASE) WASHINGTON – The Health Care Alliance for Patient Safety (Alliance) this week expressed its support of the House Committee on Appropriations for urging the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to update the process by which contact lens prescriptions are verified.

The Committee report, which accompanies the Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) funding bill, comes as the FTC is accepting additional public comments on the proposed Contact Lens Rule. Patient safety advocates have repeatedly called attention to flaws in current rules related to prescription verification.

The FSGG report, which can be read here, states:

Contact Lenses. — In May, the FTC released a Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking detailing potential adjustments to its proposed changes to the Contact Lens Rule. This ensures that the FTC will receive additional input from the public and stakeholders on potential improvements to the rule to address patient safety and enforcement mechanisms, among other issues. The Committee urges the FTC to address the need for the prescription verification process to be modernized to provide for adequate enforcement of the law.

Thomas Swinnen, North America President of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. and member of the Alliance, stated, “This report language reflects the importance of amplifying patient eye health and safety issues with policymakers. We’re pleased that the Committee recognizes the need to modernize the prescription verification process—a critical step in maintaining the doctor-patient relationship at the center of patient care.”

For several years, Alliance members and patient safety advocates have called for updated verification methods that would ensure patients receive the proper medical devices they were prescribed by their eye care professional.

In 2018, the Alliance submitted comments to the FTC that highlighted the problems with the current prescription verification system. The comments read, in part, “FTC action to modernize its guidance around passive-verification communication while excluding antiquated technology (e.g. robocalls) would provide greater documentation and the possibility of greater oversight in the [prescription] verification process. Greater oversight, understanding and documentation will ultimately create a safer and more efficient environment for contact lens wearers and the verification of their prescriptions through clearer, concise and accurate communication between the prescriber and the seller.”

“The doctor-patient relationship is central to the widespread enjoyment of contact lenses. A key part of that equation is ensuring what was prescribed is ultimately provided, as each contact lens is precisely selected for a patient’s specific vision and health needs,” said Michele Andrews, OD, Senior Director, North American Professional & Academic Affairs, CooperVision. “We are committed to advancing healthy contact lens wear for millions of consumers and encourage the FTC to share in this responsibility by addressing and fixing outmoded verification techniques.”

The Alliance encourages patients to share their stories of how antiquated technology in the prescription verification process has been detrimental to their vision health. To share your story and tell the FTC to protect patient safety, visit www.PatientSafetyToday.com/Share_Your_Story.

Deanna Alexander, OD, chairwoman of the Alliance, concluded, “For a significant period of time, patient safety advocates, like the members of the Alliance, have shared the potential dangers that could stem from the FTC’s current rules related to contact lens prescription verification. Now, as Congress makes it clear that they believe it’s time for a verification system that protects patients’ vision health, the Alliance is hopeful that the FTC will carefully consider adjustments to the Contact Lens Rule to better safeguard patients.”

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