Essilor has announced that Rick Gadd, currently president of ECP Sales and Services, will be promoted to president of Essilor of America effective Sept. 1. He will succeed Eric Leonard, who will move to new senior responsibilities for the Essilor Group at that time.
Gadd (pictured here, top) joined Essilor of America in 2011 as senior vice president of Key Accounts, a group he led until 2017 when he was named president of ECP Sales and Services. In that current role, he has been responsible for leading the brand and lab sales organization, Kodak brand, and partner labs to accelerate customer growth and satisfaction through eyecare professional partnership and customized product and service innovation.
"I warmly thank Eric Leonard for his significant contribution to the strategic development and success of Essilor of America during the past four years," says John Carrier, chief operating officer of Essilor International. "Eric and Rick will work together over the next few months on a transition plan that ensures Essilor of America will continue to drive unique innovations and services for its customers and live our Group's mission of improving lives by improving sight."
Leonard (pictured here, bottom) has held a variety of roles within Essilor since 2002. Most recently, prior to joining Essilor of America in 2014, he served as the president of Essilor Europe.
Matt Tackman, current vice president of Brand Sales, has been named as senior vice president of ECP Sales and Services as Gadd. takes his new role. Tackman has worked within Essilor of America for 10 years in a variety of leadership roles within the sales organization.
Essilor is awaiting finalization of plans to merge with Luxottica. First announced in January of 2017, the move has cleared most of its major trade regulatory hurdles. The two companies announced just last week that they have already scheduled the first general meeting of the new entity, to be called EssilorLuxottica, on July 25 in anticipation of closing the merger deal within the next few weeks.