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Ocular Partners Names New CEO and CFO

Jeff Freedman as the CEO and Michael Brown as the CFO.

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(PRESS RELEASE) CHICAGO, IL — Ocular Partners, Inc. (“Ocular” or the “Company”), the premier physician-led eye care group in greater Chicago, announced that Jeff Freedman has joined the Company as Chief Executive Officer. The Company also announced it has hired Michael Brown as Chief Financial Officer. Ocular Partners is supported by MoonSail Capital and Plenary Partners.

Joseph Acevedo, managing director at MoonSail Capital and an Ocular Board Director, said: “We are delighted to welcome Jeff and Mike to Ocular. Jeff has spent a large part of his healthcare career building teams that collaborate with physician partners to advance the delivery of exceptional patient-centered care. He possesses a uniquely well-rounded perspective, having represented all three components of healthcare: the provider side, practice operations and the payor perspective. Mike’s robust financial experience will streamline our operations and round out a truly exceptional senior management group.”

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Prior to joining Ocular Partners, Mr. Freedman served as vice president and general manager for Oncology at AIM Specialty Health, a wholly owned subsidiary of Anthem Inc. Before that, he held various senior leadership positions with the US Oncology Network, a part of McKesson, and was also the President of Manus Health Systems, a dental DSO in Chicago. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Wittenberg University and completed additional Executive Education at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Management.

Dr. Osvaldo Lopez, Chairman of the Board, said: “As CEO, Jeff’s primary focus will be growing the company’s footprint by leveraging its position as the clinical and surgical leader in ophthalmic treatment within Chicagoland. As a part of the company mission, he will work in tandem with the physician leadership and Mike to maintain delivery of the best patient care, broaden operational excellence, and enhance our first-rate team.” Dr. Chris Albanis, Director, added, “Jeff is a great leader, listener and humble in his approach. His background and focus on the team spirit will carry us to new heights. We are eager to work with Jeff and Mike to continue our focus of helping provide the gift of sight to our patients and taking excellent care of our team.”

Mr. Freedman commented: “This is an exciting time for me to be joining the team of world class physicians already in place. I look forward to helping expand patient access as we grow our comprehensive eye care platform. The current pandemic gives us a unique opportunity to share our best practices with other independent practices in our immediate and surrounding markets. Being a part of this amazing team is truly an honor.”

Mr. Brown brings a decade of accounting and financial experience with Ernst & Young LLP as a Senior Manager in the Global Treasury Services Group. Previously, Mr. Brown was a Senior Consultant in E&Y’s Advisory Services Risk group. He joins the management team with deep experience in designing and implementing accounting systems and procedures and will lead all financial and accounting functions. A Certified Public Accountant, Mr. Brown graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Finance and Accounting from Miami University’s Farmer School of Business and is an MBA candidate at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.

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