Hilco Vision Welcomes New Leadership: Stuart Jolly and Thomas Strauch

Hilco Vision warmly welcomes Stuart Jolly as the new Head of Sales for North America – Optical & Retail Division and Thomas Strauch as the Group CFO.

Stuart Jolly joins Hilco Vision as Head of Sales Americas 

Stuart Jolly; Head of Sales Americas – Optical & Retail Division 

Stuart Jolly has been named the Head of Sales Americas – Optical & Retail Division, effective March 4, 2024.  Jolly joins Hilco Vision with an impressive background in the eye care sector; his tenure as the Global Head of Retail Insight and Strategy at CooperVision showcased his deep understanding of market dynamics. Further, his senior merchandising roles at Walmart (Sam’s Club) and National Vision Inc. have honed his expertise in product selection, promotion, and sales strategy. Jolly’s comprehensive experience will be instrumental in leading our sales efforts in North America, focusing on product launches, account management, and enhancing the customer experience.

 “Adding someone with Stuart’s depth of experience to our sales leadership team is a major step forward in the development of the Optical & Retail division of the company. We have a pipeline of innovation in VR headsets, dry eye, ergonomic optical tools and third-party certified lenscare and Stuart and his team will be able to deliver those solutions to the benefit of eye care professionals and eye health” said John Lakey, CCO of Hilco Vision.

 Thomas Strauch joins Hilco Vision as Group CFO 

Thomas Strach; Hilco Vision Group CFO

Thomas Strauch brings a wealth of financial expertise to his role as Group CFO,  effective March 11th, 2024 . His previous positions include serving as the CFO of Sivantos North America, where he operated under the guidance of private equity investor EQT, and a significant period at HearUSA (Siemens Healthcare). Strauch’s proven track record in integrating strategies, harmonizing systems and processes, and driving financial excellence will play a crucial role in propelling Hilco Vision’s growth and operational efficiency.

Ross Brownlee, Group CEO commented: “The company has transformed itself over the last few years in terms of its global operational footprint, digital infrastructure, and increased offer within the highly regulated med-tech space. Thomas brings a strong level of acumen and experience with significant industry parallels to accelerate our drive for excellence internationally.” 

Positioning Hilco Vision for Future Success

The Executive Leadership team they join has broad industry experience and includes Will Sands (Chief Operating Officer), John Lakey (Chief Commercial Officer), Frank Soehnge (Global Head of Technology) and Kelly Piotti (Global Head of Customer and Sales Enablement) who have taken on additional responsibilities to leverage the breadth of the Hilco Vision portfolio to design and deliver innovative solutions for eye care. 

The leadership qualities and industry experience of these executives will undoubtedly contribute to Hilco Vision’s ongoing mission to provide innovative solutions in eye care — poised to tackle the evolving challenges in the industry, ensuring we continue to offer quality products and services to meet the demands of our valued eye care professionals and their patients.


 Media Contact:

Debbie Fitzgibbons 

Director, Marketing Communications 

Tel: (774) 987-1011 

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