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People on the move – January 2022

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Welcome to People on the move –  January 2022, Insight’s monthly bulletin to keep the Australian ophthalmic sector updated on new appointments and personnel changes.

If you’d like to tell the market about a new person in your company, practice, or clinic, please send the person’s name, position, image and a short description about their role to editor Myles Hume for consideration at myles.hume@primecreative.com.au.

Virginie Mercier Pitre – EssilorLuxottica

EssilorLuxottica has appointed Ms Virginie Mercier Pitre as a new board director. This follows her recent nomination as the new president of Valoptec Association, the independent Association of EssilorLuxottica’s employee shareholders. She replaces Ms Juliette Favre, who was president of Valoptec Association from 2015 to 2021 and served three terms on the Valoptec board, which is the maximum allowed by the association bylaws. Pitre is currently vice president of commercial Europe at Essilor.

Dylan Oblein – George & Matilda

Dylan Oblein has been appointed regional manager for southern NSW and ACT at George & Matilda. He has more than a decade of experience in the optical industry, having previously been employed as regional manager at Luxottica, product specialist at Device Technologies, retail director at Specsavers in Penrith, and regional sales manager at OPSM in Sydney and Northern Beaches.

Dom Willson – Optometry Australia

Dom Willson has commenced at Optometry Australia as professional services advisor. He joins the team of national optometry advisors providing members with one-on-one advice on clinical, ethical and complex issues. Dom has nearly 30 years of experience as an optometrist in metro locations and remote communities in the Northern Territory and New South Wales. He owned Custom Eyecare, his successful independent practice, for over 20 years. Dom also spent a decade working for the Brien Holden Vision Institute in his spare time as a locum optometrist providing care to Indigenous communities.

Darrell Baker – Blepharospasm Australia

Former Optometry Australia president and Western Australian optometrist Mr Darrell Baker has been appointed on to the board of Blepharospasm Australia. Baker, who has a strong interest in neuro-ophthalmic disorders, will help oversee special projects for the organisation. “Not only will we benefit from his technical expertise but his experience in governance and strategic planning will be invaluable. For some time now we have recognised that succession planning is a major challenge for organisations like ours and Darrell’s appointment will be a step in that direction,” chairman Mr John Yeudall said.

Dr Alex Hui – The Centre for Ocular Research and Education (CORE)

CORE announced Dr Alex Hui would become its head of biosciences. Hui is currently a senior lecturer at the School of Optometry and Vision Science at UNSW Sydney, but will soon relocate to CORE’s facility in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Before joining UNSW in 2015, Hui completed his optometry training and PhD at the University of Waterloo School of Optometry & Vision Science and CORE. He is an author on more than 30 peer reviewed and non-peer reviewed publications and has been an invited speaker at conferences worldwide. In addition to drug delivery systems, his research has been focused on ocular therapeutics, myopia control, and contact lenses. He is also an associate editor for Clinical and Experimental Optometry.

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