Dr. Howard Purcell
Joins Essilor As Vice President Of Customer Development
...Dr. Howard Purcell
Joins Essilor As Vice President Of Customer Development DR. HOWARD PURCELL
JOINS ESSILOR AS VICE PRESIDENT OF CUSTOMER DEVELOPMENT Newly Created Position Will Lead Brand Sales, Professional Relations and Eyecare Professional Education DALLAS - (April 11, 2008) - Today Essilor of America, Inc.
, the leading manufacturer of ophthalmic lenses, announces the addition of Dr. Howard Purcell
as vice president of customer development.In his
newly created role, Dr. Purcell
will continue to build on Essilor's current successes, while increasing coordination and visibility among the brand sales, professional relations and eyecare professional education groups.
This role was created to help Essilor
strategically invest even more in its traditional support of the independent ECP.Essilor
emphasizes the importance of remaining close to ECP needs with sincere interest and enthusiasm towards helping the practitioner grow their businesses and satisfy patients with innovative products. "We are truly excited to have someone of Dr. Purcell's strength and reputation," said John Carrier, president, Essilor of America.
...Before joining Essilor, Dr. Purcell served as senior director of new program development for Vistakon, a division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Inc.In this role, he led Johnson & Johnson's professional support for the upcoming Olympic Games with responsibility for global strategy, as well as program development and coordination.
was responsible for developing and managing The Vision Care Institute
which is known today as an industry benchmark in education and customer relations. Before Vistakon, Dr. Purcell progressed in academic leadership roles including assistant professor, Chairman of the Cornea & Contact Lenses Department, and deputy dean at Nova Southeastern University's College of Optometry.Dr. Purcell's
early career also includes partnership in a private optometric practice based in Miami Beach, Fla. Dr. Purcell holds a doctorate in optometry from the New England College of Optometry.He also earned a bachelor's degree in optometry from the same institution.He is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Optometry and was recently honored as a Distinguished Scholar Member in the National Academies of Practice.