Cole National Announces Appointment of David Holmberg to President - Licensed Businesses at Cole Vision Corporation

Apr 20, 2001, 01:00 ET from Cole National Corporation

    CLEVELAND, April 20 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/-- Cole National
 Corporation (NYSE:   CNJ) announced today the appointment of David Holmberg to
 the position of President - Licensed Businesses for Cole Vision Corporation.
 Mr. Holmberg will be based in Twinsburg, Ohio and will have full
 responsibility for the Licensed Businesses, including Sears Optical and B.J.'s
 Optical.  He will report to Larry Pollock, President and C.O.O. of Cole
 National Corporation.
     David brings over 20 years of retail expertise to Cole Vision Corporation.
 Most recently, he was the President of Zales Jewelers Canada. During his seven
 years with the Zale Corporation, he served as Senior Vice President of Store
 Operations, was later promoted to Executive Vice President of Zales Jewelers
 Division, and in l999 assumed responsibility for integrating Peoples Jewelers
 Canada into the Zale Corporation.
     Jeffrey Cole, Chairman and C.E.O. of Cole National, commented, "We are
 thrilled that David, with his great background and proven retail management
 ability, is joining our Vision organization.  David's passion for the
 customer, ability to produce bottom-line results, and strong people skills
 provides us with the level of executive talent we need at Vision."
     Larry Pollock, President and C.O.O., added, "David brings proven
 leadership talents to Cole Vision as well as a customer-focused approach to
 the business."
     David Holmberg stated:  "I am very excited about the opportunity at Cole
 Vision.  The Licensed Businesses have a rich history and strong tradition and
 I look forward to developing an ongoing relationship with both the business
 hosts as well as our Licensed Businesses team members."
     Mr. Holmberg replaces David Pierson, who was recently appointed chairman
 and chief executive officer of CPI Corporation.
     Cole Vision, together with Pearle Vision and its franchisees, has
 2,029 locations in the US, Canada, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands and
 includes Cole Managed Vision, one of the largest managed vision care benefit
 providers to approximately 94 million members with a provider panel of
 approximately 6,600 practitioners.
 
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    CLEVELAND, April 20 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/-- Cole National
 Corporation (NYSE:   CNJ) announced today the appointment of David Holmberg to
 the position of President - Licensed Businesses for Cole Vision Corporation.
 Mr. Holmberg will be based in Twinsburg, Ohio and will have full
 responsibility for the Licensed Businesses, including Sears Optical and B.J.'s
 Optical.  He will report to Larry Pollock, President and C.O.O. of Cole
 National Corporation.
     David brings over 20 years of retail expertise to Cole Vision Corporation.
 Most recently, he was the President of Zales Jewelers Canada. During his seven
 years with the Zale Corporation, he served as Senior Vice President of Store
 Operations, was later promoted to Executive Vice President of Zales Jewelers
 Division, and in l999 assumed responsibility for integrating Peoples Jewelers
 Canada into the Zale Corporation.
     Jeffrey Cole, Chairman and C.E.O. of Cole National, commented, "We are
 thrilled that David, with his great background and proven retail management
 ability, is joining our Vision organization.  David's passion for the
 customer, ability to produce bottom-line results, and strong people skills
 provides us with the level of executive talent we need at Vision."
     Larry Pollock, President and C.O.O., added, "David brings proven
 leadership talents to Cole Vision as well as a customer-focused approach to
 the business."
     David Holmberg stated:  "I am very excited about the opportunity at Cole
 Vision.  The Licensed Businesses have a rich history and strong tradition and
 I look forward to developing an ongoing relationship with both the business
 hosts as well as our Licensed Businesses team members."
     Mr. Holmberg replaces David Pierson, who was recently appointed chairman
 and chief executive officer of CPI Corporation.
     Cole Vision, together with Pearle Vision and its franchisees, has
 2,029 locations in the US, Canada, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands and
 includes Cole Managed Vision, one of the largest managed vision care benefit
 providers to approximately 94 million members with a provider panel of
 approximately 6,600 practitioners.
 
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