CooperVision Appoints Alex Wilkes as President, Americas

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SAN RAMON, Calif., May 23, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — CooperVision, one of the world’s leading contact lens manufacturers, has named Alex Wilkes as President, Americas, effective June 14. Wilkes brings over a decade of experience in the eye care industry, having most recently served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Pearle Vision at Luxottica.

As president of CooperVision for the Americas, Wilkes will be responsible for driving growth in the company’s largest region.

At CooperVision, Wilkes will be responsible for the executive direction and growth of the larger region of the business, determining the strategic direction of United States, Canadaand Latin America.

“During Alex’s years in eye care, he led the expansion of one of the industry’s largest franchises, working directly with eye care professionals to grow their businesses while playing a key role in branding, marketing, operations, product strategy, and supply chain management,” said Marc Harty, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, CooperVision. “Alex’s proven track record of driving growth, developing market-changing strategies, and leading high-performing teams is sure to benefit CooperVision and our customers for years to come.”

“The current pace of change in the optical category is unprecedented, and I am thrilled to join the talented team at CooperVision to bring some of the most innovative products on the market to eyecare professionals and their patients,” said Wilkes. “I have admired CooperVision for many years and am completely in tune with the values ​​and direction of the company.”

Wilkes joined Luxottica in 2010 as Senior Director of Strategy and Business Development, where he was responsible for the strategic planning and execution of several growth initiatives for LensCrafters. In 2012, he was promoted to Vice President of Vision Care for LensCrafters. As part of the leadership team, he was responsible for 3,000 eyecare professionals, all clinical services and the company’s contact lens portfolio.

Previously, Wilkes was a management consultant at Accenture for over five years, focusing on the consumer products, retail and telecommunications sectors. Earlier in his career, he was a consultant at Deloitte. Wilkes earned his bachelor’s degree from University of Iowa. He will be based at CooperVision’s offices in Victor, NY

Wilkes succeeds jerry warnerwho was promoted to president of CooperVision in February 2022.

About Cooper Vision
CooperVision, a division of CooperCompanies COO, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of contact lenses. The company produces a full line of soft daily, fortnightly and monthly disposable contact lenses featuring advanced materials and optics, as well as premium rigid gas permeable lenses for orthokeratology and scleral designs. CooperVision has a strong heritage in solving the most difficult vision problems such as astigmatism, presbyopia, childhood myopia and very irregular corneas; and offers the most comprehensive portfolio of spherical, toric and multifocal products available. Through a combination of innovative products and targeted practitioner support, the company brings a refreshing perspective to the market, creating real benefits for customers and wearers. For more information, visit www.coopervision.com.

About Cooper Companies
CooperCompanies (“Cooper”) is a NYSE-listed global medical device company COO. Cooper operates through two business units, CooperVision and CooperSurgical. CooperVision brings a refreshing perspective to eye care with a commitment to developing a wide range of high quality products for contact lens wearers and providing targeted support to practitioners. CooperSurgical is committed to advancing the health of women, babies and families through its diverse portfolio of products and services focused on medical devices, fertility and genomics. Based at San Ramon, California., Cooper employs more than 12,000 people and sells its products in more than 100 countries. For more information, please visit www.coopercos.com.

Media Contact
Heather KowalczykAPR, McDougall Communications for CooperVision
[email protected] or +1 (585) 434-2148

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