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Pro Fit Optix

Hoa Nguyen

Pro Fit Optix announced that is has expanded its management team. Hoa Nguyen has been appointed to the newly created position, executive vice president of technology and operations. He will oversee Pro Fit’s R&D and manufacturing activities in Europe and Asia. Nguyen is a founder of TransPacific Enterprise Loop, a technology and business service provider. He has also served as VP of business development and financial services for Valere.

Alan Yuster

Alan Yuster has been appointed to the new position of executive vice president, international business development. Yuster, a founder of Pro Fit Optix, had previously served as the company’s executive vice president, operations. He has more than 25 years experience in optical sales, management and operations, and has held senior management positions with Optische Werke G. Rodenstock Germany, Rodenstock USA and Younger Optics.


Naomi Kelman

Novartis announced that Naomi Kelman has been appointed head of the Novartis Over-The-Counter (OTC) Division and will become a permanent attendee to the executive committee of Novartis, reporting to Joseph Jimenez, CEO of Novartis. Kelman joins Novartis from Johnson & Johnson where she has held several leadership roles within both the consumer and medical device and diagnostic sectors. 


Donald Teig

The Independent Doctors of Optometry (IDOC) group has named Donald S. Teig, OD as the organization’s vice president, professional affairs. In his new role, Teig will support the growth of IDOC, including expanding the membership, conducting local and regional educational events and representing IDOC at national and regional tradeshows. Teig was most recently the Director of the Institute for Sports Vision in Ridgefield, Conn. as well as the founder of Ridgefield Family Eye Care.

Bausch + Lomb

Calvin Roberts

Bausch + Lomb has announced the appointment of Calvin W. Roberts, MD, to the newly created position of Chief Medical Officer (CMO). Roberts will serve as a member of the Executive Leadership Team and coordinate the company’s global D&R efforts across the Vision Care, Pharmaceuticals and Surgical business units for greater leverage and outcomes. Roberts is a member of the board of directors at Alimera Sciences, a biopharmaceutical company he co-founded in 2003.


W. Lee Ball

VISTAKON®, Division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc., has named W. Lee Ball, OD, FAAO, Associate Director, and Janelle Routhier, OD, FAAO, Manager, Medical Affairs. In their new roles, Dr. Ball will be responsible for providing strategic direction and leadership for Medical Affairs and Dr. Routhier will be responsible for clinical and technical aspects of ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses. For the past year, Ball served as part of the company’s Professional Affairs Consultant (PAC) team. Before joining VISTAKON, Dr. Ball was in private practice in Boston and adjunct clinical faculty member at the New England College of Optometry. Before joining VISTAKON, Dr. Routhier was Adjunct Clinical Faculty at the Michigan College of Optometry and in optometric practice.

Janelle Routhier


David Pyott

David Pyott, chairman and chief executive officer of Allergan, will resume his former responsibilities as president of the company as well, following the departure of current president Michael Ball. Both moves are effective March 27. Ball, a 16-year Allergan veteran, is leaving to become CEO of Hospira, a pharmaceutical and medication delivery company. Pyott was previously president of Allergan from 1998 until 2006.

University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry

Rod Nowakowski

Rod Nowakowski, OD, who has served as interim dean of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry since December 2009, has now officially been named dean of the school. Nowakowski has spent 36 years on the UAB faculty; he earned his doctor of optometry degree there in 1975, and immediately joined the faculty as chief of the low vision rehabilitation service. In 2000, he was named chief of staff of UAB Eye Care, responsible for all of the school’s clinical activities.

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