Essilor has announced that Pierre Longerna has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Essilor Australia & New Zealand, with oversight of the Essilor Group’s businesses. Mr Longerna has been the Chief Operating Officer of Essilor Australia and New Zealand since July 2017. He has been with Essilor International since 2005 and has held a range of strategic roles including commercial positions in Europe and then in Canada as the President of Nikon Optical North America.
Mr Longerna said he is looking forward to taking the business to the next level.
“There is much change in the Australian and New Zealand markets, and many emerging opportunities. Essilor is committed to support the growth and development of the Industry and I am excited about the future,” he said.
There is much change in the Australian and New Zealand markets, and many emerging opportunities
Mr Longerna recently told mivision that Essilor would help optometrists grow their business “by innovating and introducing new technologies, as well as providing the systems, marketing and sales support services that practices need”.
The company has expanded its lens options and introduced frame partnerships with local companies, has expanded the instruments it has on offer and is looking to evolve its practice management system, Sunix.
Phuong Nguyen has retired as Chief Executive Offer of Essilor Australia and New Zealand. Mr Nguyen has made a significant contribution to Essilor since joining in 1987. Most recently held various leadership roles in AMERA Region Key Accounts, leading the Optical Supply of Australia network, developing the New Zealand market, and becoming CEO for Australia and New Zealand in 2014.
Mr Nguyen also represented Essilor with industry bodies such as Optical Distributors and Manufacturers Association (ODMA), and has been a founding board member with the Essilor Vision Foundation in Australia and New Zealand.