Appoints Jayanth Bhuvaraghan as Chief Corporate Mission Officer to deploy Essilor’s mission of providing better vision to all
Essilor International announced the creation of a Chief Corporate Mission Officer position within the Executive Committee of the company today. The newly created position, reporting to the Chairman and CEO, is in charge of coordinating, supporting and fostering all initiatives that contribute to achieving Essilor’s mission of improving vision for everyone across the globe.
Today, 4.2 billion people in the world require vision correction and this figure is estimated to reach 6 billion by 2030, representing a major social and economic issue and one of the most widespread disabilities in the world. Since its creation 165 years ago, Essilor has been focused on providing solutions to people in need of vision correction. The creation of this new position shows the Group’s ambition to develop a global Corporate Social Responsibility approach directly related to its long-term strategy.
Hubert Sagnières, Chairman and CEO, Essilor Group declared: “Working in an area of primary importance for two-thirds of the world’s population who need vision correction, Essilor has a strong social responsibility. The creation of this Chief Corporate Mission Officer position, directly reporting to me, demonstrates our determination to position our mission at the centre of our activities“.
The Chief Corporate Mission Officer position will coordinate and accelerate such initiatives, help create awareness by working closely with various global organisations that are already acting in this area and create new inclusive business models which will bridge the gap of uncorrected visual impairment.
Jayanth Bhuvaraghan, President of South-East Asia & India and a seasoned executive in Essilor with diverse experience across various markets such as India, Asean, Middle East and Africa, was entrusted with the new position as of April 1, 2013. He is credited with developing various innovative and successful social business models which include providing access to vision correction for remote populations.
Jayanth Bhuvaraghan added: ” Providing better vision to everyone who needs it is Essilor’s central driving force. I am greatly excited to take on this new position and am determined to bring about improved answers to unmet needs throughout the world.”
Many initiatives to improve awareness and vision correction access have already been launched by Essilor teams to fight poor vision. These include mobile refraction vans in India, vision examination for children in the USA thanks to the Essilor Vision Foundation, and vision screenings in major Chinese towns. The Group has partnered with the Special Olympics organization for years and is a founder member of the Optique Solidaire association in France. More recently, Essilor has supported the creation of the Vision Impact Institute.