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Satisloh Announces Executive Changes

Top: Peter Lothes (left) and Richard Hughes. Bottom: Larry Clarke

Satisloh, a global presence in optical manufacturing solutions, has made significant executive level changes. Richard Hughes is the new president of Satisloh North America, following the move of Pete Lothes to president and CTO of Satisloh globally. Larry Clarke has moved from global president and CTO of Satisloh globally to become president, Nassau / OOGP and Optical Supplies.

Peter Lothes is a veteran of the ophthalmic industry with over 27 years of experience, first in his family’s retail and wholesale lab business and then—after the lab was acquired by Essilor—he held various operational executive positions, including vice president of Operations, Partner Labs for ELOA. He became President of Satisloh North America in 2015.

Richard Hughes began his 22-year optical industry career as director of Sales and Service for ophthalmic instruments at Beitler McKee wholesale lab in Pittsburgh, and worked his way up to president and CEO. He continued in this role after Essilor acquired the lab. Hughes later held various executive positions in operations and sales, including as vice president and GM Northeastern Partner Labs for ELOA.

“Rich’s background of running a wholesale laboratory combined with his broad experience in sales and operations make him an ideal match for the role of President Satisloh North America. We are thrilled to have him on board,” said Lothes.

After 19 successful years with Satisloh, first at the helm of North America and for the last four years as global president and Group CTO, Larry Clarke takes the opportunity to pursue a new leadership role within Essilor of America, becoming president, Nassau / OOGP and Optical Supplies. In his new role, Clarke is responsible for a portfolio of companies focusing on contact lenses, stock lenses and optical supplies.

“I am excited for this new challenge and growth opportunity and thrilled to turn over the reins at Satisloh to a successor that is more customer-focused than anyone that I have met in the optical industry,” said Clarke.