NEW YORK, May 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- VisionSpring is proud to announce the new appointment of Kevin Hassey as President. In this new role, Mr. Hassey will oversee global operations and lead the implementation of VisionSpring's growth strategy across Asia, Africa, and Latin America. "I am excited to join VisionSpring at this key moment in VisionSpring's expansion. We have a great opportunity to restore the sight and transform the lives of hundreds of millions of people in the developing world with affordable eyeglasses," said Mr. Hassey.
Mr. Hassey is a 20 year veteran of the optical business and previously led retail and brand marketing for Luxottica Group's LensCrafters' business unit and subsequently served as President of LCA Vision. During his tenure, LensCrafters achieved over 30 consecutive quarters of same store sales growth, becoming the leader of optical retailing in America. Under Mr. Hassey's leadership at LCA Vision, the company became the largest American retailer of lasik vision services and was recognized in the Top 100 fastest growing companies by Fortune and in the Top 100 Hot Growth companies by Business Week.
VisionSpring's Chairman, Reade Fahs said: "The addition of Kevin Hassey to our executive team will provide elevated leadership and optical expertise for the expansion of VisionSpring's business models. We are so pleased to have been able to attract someone with Kevin's optical experience and background to VisionSpring at this exciting moment in our growth."
VisionSpring recently extended its program delivery by offering both reading and prescription eyeglasses to adults and children in El Salvador and India. The organization is quickly expanding both its mobile operations and optical stores in both regions. "With his deep personal commitment to social justice, sharp business acumen, and significant industry experience, I am confident Mr. Hassey is the ideal executive to ensure VisionSpring's success as a thriving social business bringing high quality eye care to people in need around the world," commented Dr. Jordan Kassalow, VisionSpring CEO and Founder.
VisionSpring is an award-winning social enterprise that delivers affordable, high-quality eyeglasses in the developing world. VisionSpring's innovative models build local capacity by training sales agents to educate consumers and sell glasses in impoverished communities in 8 countries across Africa, Asia, and Latin America. To date, VisionSpring has provided over 600,000 glasses to individuals in need. VisionSpring has been internationally recognized by The Skoll Foundation, The Aspen Institute, and The World Bank. VisionSpring's work has been featured in The Economist, The Harvard Business Review, The New York Times and Forbes, among others. President Clinton has said that VisionSpring's work will "help hundreds of thousands of people and in the process create a whole new sector of the economy."
For more information, visit www.visionspring.org