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Essilor Makes New Top Management Team Appointments

By Essilor News


DALLAS ­­ (December 13, 2005) – Hubert Sagnières, and Laurent Vacherot are taking on new roles at Essilor. Sagnières has been named President, North America and Europe, and becomes CEO of Essilor of America, and Vacherot has been named the new President of Essilor of America. These new roles will be effective January 1, 2006.

In his new role as President of Essilor of America, Vacherot will report to Sagnières. Vacherot was previously the president of Essilor Group in Canada for seven years. He began his career at Essilor International six years earlier.

On top of his role as CEO of Essilor of America, Hubert Sagnières as President North America and Europe will assume full responsibilities for the Essilor Europe networks, BBGR networks and Canada.

Essilor of America is dedicated to growing the eyecare industry and assisting eyecare professionals. This management team remains committed to providing exciting products and industry strategies that enable this growth.

Essilor is the leading manufacturer of optical lenses in the United States and is the market leader in progressive, high­index and anti­reflective coated lenses. A pioneer in the development and production of ophthalmic lenses, Essilor employs over 6,100 people in more than 100 facilities throughout the 50 states. Essilor manufactures optical lenses under the Varilux®, Crizal®, Thin & Lite®, DEFINITY™ and other Essilor brand names. Essilor Laboratories of America (ELOA) is the largest, and most trusted, optical lab network in the U.S. and offers a wide choice of services and lens brands, including Essilor premium lenses, to eye care professionals across the nation. Essilor of America, Inc. (Essilor) is a subsidiary of Paris­based Essilor International, S.A., a publicly held company traded on the Euronext Paris stock exchange (Reuters: ESSI.PA).

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