After 17 years, Consumer Optics (ophthalmic and distance optics) at the German industry association SPECTARIS is in new hands: Mirjam Rösch was elected as the new chairperson at the Consumer Optics Industry Day. She succeeds Josef May, who led the association’s fortunes for almost two decades.
“Mister Ophthalmic Optics” had eventful years to moderate, starting with the euro and financial crisis and ending with the current geopolitical upheavals. Despite everything, however, they were also years that were predominantly successful for ophthalmic optics.
“In all these years, Josef May was the central driver and opinion leader, an identification figure, but also a valuable support. All of this on a completely honorary basis, in addition to his responsible position at Silhouette,” emphasized SPECTARIS Managing Director Jörg Mayer. In the field of ophthalmic optics, Josef May was the voice and bulwark of the German ophthalmic optics industry. One of his “children” was the Trend Forum more than 20 years ago, which brings the optical industry together with its customers once a year, away from the hustle and bustle of trade fairs.
Mirjam Rösch, Commercial Director DACH and Managing Director at Hoya Lens Deutschland GmbH, is looking forward to her new task and summarizes her goals as the new Chair:
“At SPECTARIS, we want to continue to keep Germany attractive as a location for innovation and production, as well as anchor ESG criteria such as environmental and climate protection, social responsibility and ethnic corporate governance as guiding principles in ophthalmic optics. In doing so, effective political representation of the industry and close cooperation with all relevant stakeholders are important to me.” Her wishes: “To make eye health more central to society and to solve the ‘skills shortage’ for the industry.”
SPECTARIS also has a new chairman: Ulrich Krauss, CEO of Analytik Jena, was elected as the new chairman with a clear majority of votes at the members’ meeting in Berlin. He prevailed against André Schulte, CEO of WEINMANN Medical Technology.