SAN RAMON, Calif., October 14, 2020 — CooperVision, Inc. has promoted Michele Andrews, OD to Vice President, Professional & Government Affairs, Americas. In this newly created role, she is responsible for fostering collaboration between the company and eye care professionals through advocacy, philanthropy and education.
Dr. Andrews joined CooperVision in 2015, and had been serving as Senior Director of Professional and Academic Affairs, North America. In this position, she built a cross-functional team dedicated to supporting eye care professionals across the U.S. and Canada, developing initiatives such as Best Practices and CooperVision’s Professional Advancement Consultant (PAC) program. Dr. Andrews has also partnered with the American Optometric Association’s Cornea and Contact Lens Section, and has worked regularly with all 23 optometry schools across the U.S.
“Over the past five years, Dr. Andrews has completely transformed our approach to connecting with eye care professionals, associations, optometry schools, and even the government,” said Jerry Warner, Executive Vice President – President Americas and Global Commercial Functions at CooperVision. “Her work has played a significant role in the mentoring and education of thousands of current and future practitioners, and I know she will only continue to charter new territory to the benefit of the optometric community.”
Through her work at CooperVision, Dr. Andrews has also been committed to supporting and advancing optometry on Capitol Hill, fighting to preserve the relationship between optometrists and their patients. She was involved in the launch of the Health Care Alliance for Patient Safety (APS), of which CooperVision is a charter member. She routinely meets with U.S. Representatives and their staff to continue educating them about the impact of proposed legislation on eye care professionals and their patients.
In recognition of her ongoing contributions to both CooperVision and the industry, Dr. Andrews was named one of Vision Monday’s Most Influential Women in Optical in 2018, and was awarded the Theia Award of Excellence in 2019. She is also the recipient of the Dr. Rodger Kane Award, given to those who have shown outstanding dedication to the AOA’s Contact Lens and Cornea Section (CLCS).
Prior to joining CooperVision, Dr. Andrews held various practice management, provider relations and professional services positions with LensCrafters, EyeMed Vision Care and ForEyes Optical. She earned her Doctor of Optometry degree from the Illinois College of Optometry, and is a current member of the American Optometric Association and the Illinois Optometric Association. She is based in Chicago.
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CooperVision, a division of CooperCompanies (NYSE:COO), is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of soft contact lenses. The Company produces a full array of daily disposable, two-week and monthly contact lenses, all featuring advanced materials and optics. CooperVision has a strong heritage of solving the toughest vision challenges such as astigmatism, presbyopia and childhood myopia; 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.
CooperCompanies ("Cooper") is a global medical device company publicly traded on the NYSE (NYSE:COO). 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 is committed to advancing the health of women, babies and families with its diversified portfolio of products and services focusing on medical devices and fertility & genomics. Headquartered in San Ramon, Calif., Cooper has a workforce of more than 12,000 with products sold in over 100 countries. For more information, please visit www.coopercos.com.
Maggie Munley, McDougall Communications
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