PINELLAS PARK, Fla.—Transitions Optical has announced that Brian Hauser has been promoted to the position of general manager, U.S. and Canada, effective immediately. He succeeds Dave Cole, who now serves as chief operating officer for Transitions Optical. In his new role, Hauser will be responsible for the North American region including strategic planning, business growth and organization leadership, reporting to Cole. Hauser will continue to serve as director lens manufacturer and trade channel sales until his successor is named.
“Brian’s extensive optical industry experience, coupled with his ability to build strong relationships internally and externally, makes him an ideal choice for this role,” said Cole. “His leadership of the North American region will ensure we continue to create synergies and customer alignment across all levels of the channel to accelerate business growth.”
After seven years with PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG) as a research chemist and then manager, architectural/engineering services for PPG Architectural Finishes, Hauser joined Transitions Optical in 2004 as a project chemist. In 2006, he moved to the position of manager, business development, where he was responsible for business development initiatives across the organization. He was later promoted to director, lens manufacturer sales in 2007 and expanded his role to director lens manufacturer and trade channel sales in 2008.