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Essilor Australia announces new CEO

Following a two-year tenure as chief operating officer, Mr Pierre Longerna has been announced as the new CEO of Essilor’s Australia and New Zealand division.

Longerna has been with Essilor International since 2005, holding several high-level roles across both Europe and Canada.

In Paris he managed the company’s Nikon partnership throughout the European markets, before moving to Canada in 2012 to take on the role of president at Nikon Optical North America. In July 2017 he was appointed to the then newly created position of chief operating officer for Essilor Australia and New Zealand.

“I am looking forward to taking the business to the next level,” Longerna said. “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.”

Speaking with Insight last year, Longerna emphasised that Essilor’s merger with Luxottica is a long process, and that throughout the three-year transition period day-to-day business will continue unchanged.

He replaces Mr Phuong Nguyen, who has retired after a career with Essilor that started in 1987.

He was appointed CEO in 2014, and was also a founding board mber of the Essilor Vision Foundation in Australia and New Zealand.

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