Paul du Saillant and Laurent Vacherot Appointed Chief Operating Officers
Charenton-le-Pont, France (November 29, 2010 - 6:30 a.m.) - To support
deployment of corporate strategy, Essilor's Chief Executive Officer, Hubert
Sagnières, has appointed two Chief Operating Officers from within the Executive
Paul du Saillant is in charge of Research and Development as well as
Quality. He also heads the Europe Region. In addition, he will take on
responsibility for Global Operations starting in the first half of 2011.
Laurent Vacherot, in addition to overseeing Corporate Finance, heads
Information Systems & Technology and Investor Relations. The Latin America
Region is also placed under his supervision. The Equipment and Instrument
Divisions will be added to his remit during the first half of next year.
Paul du Saillant, 51, worked at Air Liquide for nearly 20 years before joining
Lhoist as Chief Operating Officer
and moving on to Essilor in 2008. He holds a
degree from the Ecole Centrale de Paris engineering school.
Laurent Vacherot, 54, joined Essilor in 1991 as Corporate Senior Vice
President, Management Accounting. He headed operations in Canada and then the
United States before taking on the role of Chief Financial Officer in 2007.
Mr. Vacherot is a graduate of a French engineering school, Ecole Nationale
Supérieure des Télécommunications de Paris.
The world leader in ophthalmic optical products, Essilor
International researches, develops, manufactures and markets around the world a
wide range of lenses to improve and protect eyesight. Its flagship brands are
Varilux(r), Crizal(r), Essilor(r), Definity(r) and Xperio(TM).
The Company reported consolidated revenue of more than EUR3.2 billion in 2009,
with 34,700 employees and operations in 100 countries.
For more information, please visit www.essilor.com.
The Essilor share trades on the NYSE Euronext Paris market and is included in
the CAC 40 index.
Codes and symbols: ISIN: FR0000121667; Reuters: ESSI.PA; Bloomberg: EI:FP.