LEADING EUROPEAN EYEWEAR PROVIDER ANNOUNCES SENIOR APPOINTMENTS
FGX Europe, leading UK provider of ready-to-wear reading glasses and owner of iconic sunglasses brand Foster Grant, has announced the appointment of Chris Jones (pictured right) to Managing Director and Jonathan Miles (pictured left) to Director of Finance and Operations.
Chris has a wealth of expertise and experience working with global brands. He was Sales Director and International Key Account Director for Wal-Mart when at Vileda and Business Development Manager at Coca-Cola. As Commercial director at FGX Europe for the last four years he has successfully developed key relationships with major retailer brands based by category and product management performance to respond quickly to changing retail environments and customer needs.
Chris Jones said, “I am very excited by the challenges ahead. FGX is recognised as a leading value eyewear provider in the ready-to-wear reading glasses and sunglasses markets and we’re ideally placed to capitalise on the opportunities ahead.”
“We aim to strengthen our brand leader position in the ready-to-wear reading glasses sector and continue to grow market share in 2009. Our plans also include the launch of an exciting new optical healthcare range and the consolidation of our successful sunglasses business. We are also developing key partner agreements that will enable us to push forward with European expansion plans."
With strong commercial and business management skills and a proven track record in maximizing profitability and efficiency, Jonathan Miles steps in to his new role after spending 2 ½ years as Finance Director at FGX Europe. He was previously Financial Controller at Stagecoach UK Bus and Group Financial Controller at Suttons Group, one of the UK’s largest specialist logistic companies. Jonathan is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
He said, “My primary role is to direct and lead finance, operations, systems and inventory management to ensure that we maintain at all times the highest levels of professional and integrated support to our sales staff and customers, which are in line with strategic and commercial growth targets and objectives.”
FGX Europe Ltd, Longbridge Hayes Road, Longport, Stoke-on-Trent, ST6 4DS.
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