[bc]Gerber Coburn Promotes Clement Patry To Executive Director of Sales[/bc]
SOUTH WINDSOR, Conn. – Gerber Coburn is pleased to announce the promotion of Clement Patry as the new Executive Director of Sales. Effective May 1, 2003, Patry will manage all sales activities for Gerber Coburn in the Western Hemisphere. Newly reporting to Patry will be the European general manager and the Latin American sales manager.

According to John Hancock, president, Gerber Coburn, “This promotion is a natural and opportune transition. Clement is a 20-year veteran of the optical industry with prior executive roles at Essilor of America and Haag-Streit Group. Since joining Gerber Coburn in July 2000, Clement has done an outstanding job of driving sales, building customer relationships, and expanding the distribution channel in North America. For Gerber Coburn, this is the perfect time for Clement to launch similar efforts in his new areas of responsibilities.”

Hancock went on to say, “Clement’s proven experience with territory expansion, new business start-ups, needs assessment, project management, and strategic planning will enable Gerber Coburn to meet its strategic goals. We are looking forward to having him lead the additional global efforts.”