PLEASANTON, Calif., August 24, 2015 — CooperVision, Inc. has named Michele Andrews, O.D. as Director of Professional Affairs for North America. In this newly created position, Dr. Andrews will work closely with eye care professionals in the U.S. and Canada, further deepening CooperVision’s support of eye care professionals’ needs in the contact lens market.
Her other responsibilities include providing technical support for new and existing products, and representing CooperVision at key industry and professional meetings throughout North America, where she will act as a spokesperson to the professional communities.
Dr. Andrews is the latest addition to CooperVision’s growing team of optometrists, which is led by Gary Orsborn, O.D., M.S., FAAO, FBCLA, Vice President, Global Professional and Clinical Affairs.
"At CooperVision, one of our core values is ‘Partner,’” said Dr. Orsborn. “While we are proud to provide the broadest portfolio of contact lenses available, we are more than one of the world’s largest soft contact lens manufacturers.”
“It is only through a deep understanding of what is most important to our customers that we can better serve them, anticipating and meeting their patients’ and practices’ needs as together we help improve the way people see each day. Michele brings extensive practice and industry experience to our team, and perspectives that can help build and maintain meaningful relationships with the optometric community.”
Prior to joining CooperVision, Dr. Andrews most recently served as Executive Vice President of Professional Services at For Eyes Optical Company, where she developed and implemented the organization’s strategy for its affiliated Doctors of Optometry. Prior to that, she was the Senior Director of Provider Relations and Clinical Services at EyeMed Vision Care. Earlier in her career, Dr. Andrews spent more than 10 years with LensCrafters, supporting hundreds of optometric practitioners in various locations through the United States. She also has significant clinical patient care experience in multi-unit ophthalmology, LASIK, and private practice settings.
Dr. Andrews received her Doctor of Optometry degree from the Illinois College of Optometry. She is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Illinois Optometric Association, and has served on three international eye care missions. She is based in Chicago.
CooperVision, a unit of The Cooper Companies, Inc. (NYSE:COO), is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of soft contact lenses and related products and services. The Company produces a full array of monthly, two-week and daily disposable contact lenses, all featuring advanced materials and optics. CooperVision has a strong heritage of solving the toughest vision challenges such as astigmatism and presbyopia; and offers the most complete collection of spherical, toric and multifocal products available. Through a combination of innovative products and focused practitioner support, the company brings a refreshing perspective to the marketplace, creating real advantages for customers and wearers. For more information, visit www.coopervision.com.
About The Cooper Companies
The Cooper Companies, Inc. ("Cooper") is a global medical device company publicly traded on the NYSE Euronext (NYSE:COO). Cooper is dedicated to being A Quality of Life Company™ with a focus on delivering shareholder value. Cooper operates through two business units, CooperVision and CooperSurgical. CooperVision brings a refreshing perspective on vision care with a commitment to developing a wide range of high-quality products for contact lens wearers and providing focused practitioner support. CooperSurgical focuses on supplying women's health clinicians with market leading products and treatment options to improve the delivery of healthcare to women. Headquartered in Pleasanton, CA, Cooper has close to 10,000 employees with products sold in over 100 countries. For more information, please visit www.coopercos.com.
Heather Kowalczyk, McDougall Communications for CooperVision, Inc.
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