At Marcolin, Chris Robinson has been recruited as the new SVP Optical Channel, where he will be responsible for leading, driving and managing change, as well as identifying opportunities across the Optical Channel organization.
Tom Carberry steps in as the SVP Commerical Operations at Marcolin, where his focus will be to improve the overall Commercial Operations and devise a strategy for improving Customer Service development, training, sales operation and overall sales and product performance management.
Both have solid backgrounds in the eyewear industry and will report directly to Marcolin USA Eyewear Corp. CEO, Fabrizio Gamberini.
Marchon CEO Claudio Gottardi has retired after a nearly 30-year career in the eyewear industry. Gottardi had been with Marchon since 2009 and over the last seven years has secured key licensing agreements with major fashion labels like Marni and reignited optical products for Chloe. He was a visionary in fusing eyewear with technology, bringing Google and Diane von Furstenberg together to create Google Glass. Most recently, he had been working with Nike to develop new advanced optical technologies to be used at the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio.
Gottardi’s exit had been a year in the making, with a strategic plan to seamlessly bring in Nicola Zotta as the new CEO. Zotta has also been with Marchon since 2009, most recently serving as the managing director of the firm’s operations in the EMEA and APAC markets.
Zotta started as the new Marchon CEO on June 1.