CHESTER, Va., May 7, 2004 – Carl Zeiss Optical, Inc., today announces the promotion of Shay Tutton to director, technical operations. Tutton most recently served as manager, technical sales support. In this new role, he will be responsible for service, sales support and operational and product service quality within the company's System Technology division. In addition, he will handle special projects as they arise.

"Shay was a perfect fit for this newly created position," said Al Miranda, vice president/ general manager, System Technology, Carl Zeiss Optical, Inc. "I am confident his industry experience and dedication to the job will take our lens coating and equipment business to a new level."

Tutton has been a member of the Zeiss team for more than 5 years. Before joining Zeiss, he was with the United States Air Force, NCOIC Isochronal Inspection Section C130 Electrical/Environmental division for 8 years. Tutton is actively involved with Prevent Blindness Virginia. He currently resides just outside of Richmond.