Millicent “Millie” Knight, O.D., FAAO, FAARM, will be joining Essilor of America later this summer as a member of the leadership team in her role as senior vice president, Customer Development Group. She will report to Rick Gadd, incoming president of Essilor of America. Dr. Knight will be responsible for Essilor of America’s professional relations, communications, and eyecare professional and sales training efforts.
“Dr. Knight has a diverse and extensive background in the optical industry, including experience in a hospital-based ophthalmology/optometry practice, two optometric practices and a former member of Vision Source,” Gadd says. “Her rich industry knowledge and deep connections to eyecare professionals ensures that our customers will continue to have a voice at the highest level of the company.”
Prior to Essilor, Dr. Knight was vice president of Professional Affairs, North America at Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. While there, she served on the North American leadership team where she developed and deployed a competitively differentiated eyecare professional strategy, establishing connections between the company’s strategy and eye care professionals and industry leaders by building industry affiliations, education platforms and advocacy.
Dr. Knight has consulted for eyecare and health and wellness companies, conducted contact lens and solutions office clinical trials, and lectured on a wide variety of topics including contact lenses, leadership, cultural sensitivity, eye and systemic health, and business and entrepreneurship. She has published numerous articles, and has received wide-ranging industry and academic recognition including “Optometrist of the Year” by both the National and Illinois Optometric Associations, and a Women in Optometry Theia Award for Leadership.