Essilor Vision Foundation Serving More Than 70,000 Children

DALLAS – Dec., 2011 – The Essilor Vision Foundation is pleased to announce it has screened more than 70,000 children and provided over 15,000 pairs of glasses as it nears its fourth anniversary in the spring of 2012. Now with two mobile exam buses, the Foundation has concentrated its efforts on U.S. elementary school children including establishing more than 100 Adopt-A-School programs, furthering its goal to provide “Better Sight for a Better Life.”

The Foundation also announces it has appointed two new leaders to further its efforts to eliminate poor vision and its lifelong consequences. Effective Jan. 1, Bob Colucci will replace Jacques Stoerr as chairman of the Essilor Vision Foundation, and Stephen Shawler will replace Ed Fjordbak as president of the Essilor Vision Foundation.

“It has been a tremendous privilege to serve as the Foundation’s chairman, and I’m leaving it in very capable hands under Bob’s and Steve’s leadership,” said Jacques Stoerr as outgoing chairman of the Essilor Vision Foundation. “We could not have achieved such success without the help of numerous individuals and organizations, including Essilor employees, Essilor Vision Foundation employees, numerous donors, countless volunteers and partners such as Alcon.”

Bob Colucci, who has been in the vision industry for 35 years, the last 22 years with Essilor serving in several senior sales and management roles, will assume this position in addition to his current role as President of Essilor’s Independent Distributor Division. Stephen Shawler has 30 years of vision industry experience, the last 11 years have been with Essilor serving in a number of executive positions, President of Essilor Korea, and VP of Marketing and Commercial Strategy, Asia Pacific. Ed Fjordbak, who joined the Foundation in 2009, will continue to work as a consultant to the Foundation into 2012.

“I look forward to working with Steve and the entire Foundation team to continue to improve the sight and quality of peoples’ lives,” said Bob Colucci, incoming chairman Essilor Vision Foundation. “There is still much work to be done, and we encourage others across the industry to join us as we try to help children see the world more clearly.”

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About Essilor Vision Foundation
Essilor Vision Foundation is a public non-profit charity established by Dallas-based Essilor of America, the leading manufacturer of optical lenses in the United States. The foundation’s mission is to eliminate poor vision and its lifelong consequences. We strive to give children a brighter future by helping them see the world more clearly. Our programs focus on improving the quality of school vision screenings so fewer children slip through the cracks, providing eye exams and eyeglasses to children who would not get them otherwise, and educating parents and communities about the importance of children’s vision care and the role it plays in literacy, society, and the economy.

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