Executive Corner

Insight and perspective from CooperVision execs.

CooperVision Announces Changes to Executive Leadership Team

Posted by CooperVision on Wednesday, August 17, 2011
CooperVision Inc. recently announced executive leadership changes. Effective Nov. 1, 2011, Dennis Murphy, president, Americas, will be promoted to executive vice president for global sales and marketing. Andrew Sedgwick, president, Europe, Middle East and Africa, will be promoted to president, Americas, including Latin America. Juan Carlos Aragon, president, Asia Pacific and Latin America, will be promoted to president, Europe, Middle East and Africa, and will continue to be responsible for Australia and New Zealand. Fernando Torre, executive vice president, global operations, will add global distribution and packaging to his responsibilities. These changes will enhance CooperVision's ability to expand globally as well as focus on panregional market opportunities.

Over the coming months, the management of the Asia Pacific region will be working directly with Dennis Murphy to update and expand the CooperVision market presence throughout the region.

"Our dedication to exceeding eye care professionals' expectations and enhancing their experience with CooperVision means that we are constantly seeking ways to improve our business and build for continued success," said John Weber, president, CooperVision. "These individuals have demonstrated leadership and success in helping drive our business globally and meeting the needs of our customers. We are confident that this team will help us continue to build a strong global presence."

The Cooper Companies Announces Management Changes

Posted by CooperVision on Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Cooper Companies, Inc. (NYSE:COO) recently announced Eugene J. Midlock, age 67, currently senior vice president and chief financial officer, has indicated his intent to retire as chief financial officer on December 16, 2011. A succession plan is in place and his successor will be named at that time.

The company also announced the following appointments to more closely align its corporate structure with its strategy.

  • Carol R. Kaufman, currently senior vice president of legal affairs, secretary and chief administrative officer, has been appointed executive vice president, secretary and chief administrative officer.
  • Albert G. White III, currently vice president, investor relations and treasurer, has been appointed vice president, investor relations, treasurer and chief strategic officer.
  • Daniel G. McBride, Esq., currently vice president and general counsel, has been appointed vice president, general counsel and chief risk officer.
  • Gregory W. Matz, currently vice president and chief financial officer, CooperVision, Inc., has been appointed vice president of finance at Cooper and will continue his role as vice president and chief financial officer, CooperVision, Inc.

About The Cooper Companies

The Cooper Companies, Inc. ("Cooper") is a global medical device company publicly traded on the NYSE Euronext (NYSE:COO). Cooper is dedicated to serving the needs of the healthcare professional, improving the quality of life for its employees and customers and providing market leading products. Cooper's commitment to health and wellness is reflected through its corporate culture and global initiatives to promote healthy life choices for its employees. Cooper operates through two business units, CooperVision and CooperSurgical. CooperVision brings a refreshing perspective on vision care with a commitment to crafting quality lenses for contact lens wearers and providing focused practitioner support. CooperSurgical focuses on supplying women's health clinicians with market leading products and treatment options to improve the delivery of healthcare to women. Both companies provide superior product range and quality, along with friendly customer service and a drive to continually innovate. Cooper and CooperVision are headquartered in Pleasanton, CA, and CooperSurgical is headquartered in Trumbull, CT.

Free Podcast with Shelly Bansal, BCLA President

Posted by CooperVision on Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Listen in as our VP of Global Professional Relations, Dr. Richard Clompus, interviews Shelly Bansal, British Contact Lens Association President. During this podcasted interview, Bansal shares his ideas about vision care and contact lenses, specifically addressing issues like younger patients, habits and first year experience for new to contact lens patients, and situations in which patients say they can't be fit for contact lenses.

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Janice Gaub Named One of Vision Monday's Top 40 Most Influential Women in Optical

Posted by CooperVision on Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Congratulations to Janice Gaub, our Senior Director of Marketing and Internet, who was recently named one of Vision Monday's Top 40 Most Influential Women in Optical. Janice was nominated in the Innovators category and chosen because “she is bringing her great experience to bear in teaching eyecare professionals how to utilize the web and social media as practice building tools.”
 
A Pacific Northwest native, Gaub grew up outside Seattle, getting her undergraduate degree from the University of Puget Sound in international affairs and foreign language. She then went on for her MBA from Seattle University while she was working and learning many lessons from her family’s retail/wholesale grocery business, which taught her a great deal about the power of data and providing value to the customer. 

She began a range of jobs in the consumer packaged goods realm, which took her around the country, first as brand and marketing manager for such companies as Olympic Home Care, Paragon Trade Brands and Nile Spice Foods. She was VP of marketing for Gargoyles Performance Eyewear and Hobie Polarized Sunglasses from ‘95 to ‘97 and joined Eddie Bauer, Inc as divisional VP brand marketing.

As the internet became a new marketing force, Gaub joined Drugstore.com as its VP marketing and site management and then moved to Kodak, where she was chief marketing officer and VP for the company’s professional division and ultimately, director of corporate branding. She moved on to become VP of consumer marketing for Shutterfly.com, eventually moving to Rochester, N.Y.

In 2009, she joined CooperVision where there is a growing recognition of the internet and social media’s role in building connections with patients and practitioners. “We are looking to make the practices more effective and activate social media efforts, like our new teen campaign and help them directly build up their sites and presence online.” Gaub’s team also includes six social media consultants, now on board to help doctors understand the potential.

SHE SAYS...“It’s about continuously learning, believing in yourself and staying balanced. Be confident in what you do and do it with grace and poise."

Read more about Janice and the other 39 Most Influential Women in Optical at VisionMonday.com.

CooperVision Announces Strategic Alliance to Serve U.S. Military Personnel

Posted by CooperVision on Tuesday, May 25, 2010

CooperVision today announced a partnership with Armed Forces Eyewear, reinforcing the global contact lens manufacturer's commitment to serving the U.S. military community. Through a unique micro-site, www.ArmedForcesContactLenses.com, military personnel and their families can learn more about CooperVision's innovative portfolio and click through www.ArmedForcesEyewear.com to purchase CooperVision's contact lenses affordably, and get guaranteed delivery wherever they are located around the world.

"As a former member of the U.S. Armed Services, I understand and appreciate the unique demands placed on our military personnel and their families," stated John Weber, president of CooperVision. "It is important we support our service members and their families. The new CooperVision program will make it easier for patients to experience the performance and value of CooperVision's lenses. CooperVision is honored to be a strategic partner in this exciting initiative." 

Additionally, a percentage of each CooperVision contact lens purchase will be donated to the Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) fund to support military Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs aimed at improving the quality of life for troops. Programs range from youth services and Armed Forces Recreation Centers, to arts and crafts and aquatic centers. AAFES provides merchandise and services to both active and inactive military personnel and their families at competitively low prices.

"We are thrilled to extend this exclusive offer to the military family," said James Gardner, vice president of Marketing, the Americas, "CooperVision has a broad range of contact lenses, which enables military eye care professionals to recommend the best fit and option for each patient. We are proud to offer our products and direct delivery to the military community."

Armed Forces Eyewear is a service mark of Frames Direct. Frames Direct has been a leader in online eyewear since 1996.

A First Hand Look at Contact Lens Manufacturing

Posted by CooperVision on Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Thanks for the kudos, Dr. Stein! Below is an excerpt from the blog of Drs. Stein and Goldschneider regarding a recent ALLDocs Board Members visit to our Puerto Rico manufacturing plant:

I just returned from an excursion to Puerto Rico along with a group of some of the leading contact lens fitting eye doctors in the country.  We were invited by CooperVision, a company which is a leader and innovator world wide in the manufacturing of soft contact lenses.  One of CooperVision's manufacturing plants is located in a modern and beautiful facility in Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico.  Our group was priveleged to be invited down for a tour of this facility.

When we arrived, we were required to cover our shoes, hair (including facial hair), and clothing before we entered.  We also washed our hands thoroughly with antimicrobial soap.  Your contact lenses are manufactured under the most sterile of conditions.

During the tour, I was particularly impressed with the work ethic, enthusiasm, and pride in which each employee approached their responsibilities.  It is fascinating to observe and to learn of the detail which goes into the development of a single soft contact lens.  The lenses are made through a process of molding a combination of water and plastic material.  Each lens is inspected through a computerized instrument, and any lens exhibiting the slightest imperfection is discarded.  Even the packaging must be perfect in order for the contact lens to be approved.

Soft contact lenses are considered to be one of the greatest technological innovations of the past 50 years.  It is truly amazing that a tiny piece of material popped easily onto our eyes can be so comfortable and can enable us to see so clearly.

It is equally "eye opening" to be made aware of the tremendous amount of work, expense, and detail in which Coopervision exhibits in order to research, develop, and manufacture a soft contact lens, so that our lenses can provide us with excellent vision, and can be worn comfortably and safely.

Rolando Torres, General Manager of the CooperVision Manufacturing facility in Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico responded to Dr. Stein’s post, saying, ““At CooperVision Caribbean (Puerto Rico Operations) we are very proud and excited about showcasing our processes, technologies and products to our visitors, especially to our customers. This provides us with the opportunity to share with others the pride and commitment of our associates’ in a work environment of excellence and world class manufacturing. We also look forward to these visits because they provide us with valuable feedback that helps us improve continuously and become even better at what we do”.

Welcome, Richard Clompus!

Posted by CooperVision on Thursday, February 11, 2010

Richard Clompus, OD, FAAO, has joined CooperVision

CooperVision recently announced that Richard Clompus, OD, FAAO, has joined the company as vice president, global professional relations within the Global Commercial Strategy team. Dr. Clompus will support clinical studies, education, and professional affairs on a worldwide basis in order to further establish CooperVision’s position in the global contact lens industry.

“Richard brings a wealth of experience and technical expertise to this role,” said Jeffrey A. McLean, executive vice president, Global Commercial Strategy, CooperVision. “We look forward to his contribution as we continue to develop our professional relations strategy, clinical programs, and enhance the overall experience of our customers.”

Dr. Clompus most recently served as director of The Vision Care Institute, LLC, supporting student and doctor education in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico. Prior to that, he was part of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care where he held leadership positions within The Spectacle Lens Group and Vistakon. He is a member of the American Optometric Association, charter member of the AOA Contact Lens Section, and Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry.

Dr. Clompus was also in private practice for 20 years, establishing an innovative optometric practice in West Chester, Pa., providing multidisciplinary eye care and contact lens specialty services. He has exceptional expertise in the use of multimedia technologies for presentations and training, published many journal articles, and is a contributing author to several publications. Dr. Clompus graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry and completed a family practice residency at the University of Alabama School of Optometry in Birmingham.

He and his family will be relocating to CooperVision’s global headquarters in Pleasanton, California.

Welcome to CooperVision, Richard!

What's Happening with CooperVision in 2010

Posted by Dennis Murphy on Thursday, January 28, 2010

On the heels of an invigorating and motivating North America Annual Sales Meeting, I’d like to share with you what CooperVision has planned for 2010. Now more than ever, CooperVision is committed to our partnership with you, the practitioner. This year, we are expanding our sales and sales support organizations, while focusing our expanding resources on not only bringing you the best lenses in the industry, but also on managing both excellent patient care and a very successful practice.

The average industry experience across our sales force is 15 years, with an average of nearly ten years of sales experience with CooperVision. With this high level of industry expertise and passion, the CooperVision sales team can offer you a perspective on our industry and the world of contact lenses that is truly unique. In addition to the largest offering of contact lenses intended to fit the wide spectrum of your patient needs, in 2010 we will continue to offer resources, continuing education, and tools to help you get the most out of your patient visit. 

            We are also increasing our marketing efforts. Be on the lookout for new and exciting campaigns that will bring you tools and marketing programs to leverage social media specifically for your practice!  Be sure to ask your CooperVision Account Executive about these exciting programs. Our Research & Development team has a multitude of initiatives in 2010, including a substantial new product pipeline. Stay tuned to On Eye and coopervision.com to hear more.

            At CooperVision, we understand your business is all about your customer. For us, our business is all about you. We’re looking forward to building our partnerships with you in 2010.  As always, feel free to comment on here or ask any questions that are on your mind and we’ll get back to you!

Attention Optometry Students:

Posted by Mark Andre on Thursday, December 24, 2009

Do you have a burning question about contact lenses? Did a recent lecture leave you wanting to know more? Are you interested in learning a key way to differentiate yourself in the interview process? Or learning how to be proficient in fitting contact lenses to drive value to the practice you will join or lead?

 

Well, here’s your chance. We’ve got our resident expert, Mark Andre, on hand to entertain and answer your questions. Here’s what he has to say:

 

My name is Mark Andre and I'm an associate professor at Pacific University School of Optometry. I have been a clinical instructor of contact lenses for the last 24 years and a consultant to CooperVision for the last 17 years.


My primary responsibility with CooperVision is to promote and provide contact lens education to students and eye care providers. As part of my duties, I conduct workshops on toric and multifocal soft contact lenses at the schools and colleges of Optometry.
I am constantly searching for better ways to provide educational support to the schools and the students. I'm hoping this blog will give us the opportunity to share ideas that will lead to the development and implementation of new educational programs at the schools.
I'm looking forward to hearing what you have to say and answer any questions that you might have.

 

Would you be interested in seeing an Optometry Students section to this blog? Let us know! Ask questions or leave comments by using the “comments” section. We look forward to hearing from you!

Welcome to On Eye!

Posted by Dennis Murphy on Monday, December 21, 2009

Hello and welcome to On Eye, the CooperVision blog! I’m Dennis Murphy, President of the Americas for CooperVision, Inc., and I’d like to personally welcome you to CooperVision’s venture into Web 2.0.

 

We’re very excited to launch On Eye as part of CooperVision’s foray into embracing social media. We think it is important to take this opportunity to build on our on-going long term relationships with eye care practitioners world-wide, as well as to reach out to patients and contact lens wearers alike. By expanding our efforts via tools such as On Eye, we would like to reinforce that CooperVision has your best interest in mind – providing you with the latest information about the vision industry, ways to successfully build your practice, and keeping you fully informed of the most recent research and innovations relating to your eye care and health.

 

So, how to use this blog? If you are a practitioner currently using the CooperVision ecommerce site, use your BP number to sign into the password-protected areas. If you are a practitioner not currently using our ecommerce site, please fill out the brief form accompanying the password protected area, and you will be forwarded instructions accordingly. If you are a consumer, feel free to check out areas of interest to you, such as Patient Spotlight, In the News and the Executive Corner. Thanks, and enjoy!

About On Eye

On Eye is the contact lens blog from CooperVision. On this site, you will find insights about fitting, technology, and the business of contact lenses. The On Eye blog is designed to meet the needs of both Eye Care Practitioners and consumers. ECP and medical professional-specific portions of the blog will be password protected in order to protect and reserve the privacy of the profession. To read more about our terms of use, please see the Legal tab.

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