Optegra welcomes new CEO

Leading eye health care group, Optegra, announces that Roberto Cirillo has been appointed as Group Chief Executive Officer.

Optegra provides a full spectrum of eye care procedures with the goal of becoming one of the world’s leading eye health care providers.

He joins at a time of great opportunity for Optegra, which has seen continued growth and further international expansion in the past year.

Prior to joining Optegra, Mr. Cirillo served for five years as Chief Executive Officer of the c. Eur3bn French operations of Paris-based multinational service company Sodexo, and also as its Group Chief Operating Officer. He joined the Sodexo Group Executive Committee in 2007, initially serving as the Group Chief Strategy Officer, Head of Innovation, Brand & Communications.

In 1998 Mr. Cirillo joined the strategy consulting firm McKinsey & Co. in Zurich. Initially focused on Europe and the US, he acquired considerable experience in service and production operations and in the field of Corporate Finance/M&A. He later moved to Amsterdam, serving consumer goods groups in sales, marketing and innovation across Europe, Asia-Pacific (China, Australia), Russia and Turkey.

Mr. Cirillo holds an M.Sc. in mechanical engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich. Born in 1971 in Zurich, Switzerland, he is fluent in German, Italian, French, Spanish and English, he holds Swiss and Italian citizenships, and is married.

Cyrus Jilla, Chairman of Optegra, said: “Roberto joins Optegra at a pivotal stage in our international expansion as we focus on providing the full range of eye care procedures, offering elective and non-elective procedures in all sub-specialities of ophthalmology. Our goal is to become the world’s leading specialist eye hospital group, renowned for our clinical excellence and exceptional patient service.

“I have no doubt that Roberto’s vision and leadership will help take us to the next stage of development and maturity as we build strategic partnerships with leading consultants, referral partners and healthcare providers in all the regions in which we operate.”

Roberto Cirillo, Optegra’s new Group Chief Executive Officer, said: “I am delighted to be part of the Optegra team, and honoured to lead Optegra into its next phase of profitable growth.

“Mobilising Optegra’s capabilities and wealth of resources to allow our patients to live a richer, fuller life with improved vision, is an incredibly motivating mission. I will build upon Optegra’s already outstanding clinical standards and expertise to provide an exceptional medical and service experience to the widest possible patient base, across all the markets in which we currently operate as well as new ones.

“And as we grow the Optegra brand into an internationally renowned and trusted eye health care institution, we will be strengthening our relationships and collaboration with the medical and scientific community, as well as creating development opportunities for the women and men who join us”.

Optegra is a specialist provider of ophthalmic services in the UK, China, Germany, Czech Republic and Poland. Optegra operates 25 eye hospitals and clinics and brings together leading edge research and medical expertise, state-of-the-art surgical equipment and ophthalmic surgeons who offer excellent clinical outcomes in refractive lens exchange (Clarivu™), cataract removal, laser vision correction, AMD, vitreoretinal and oculoplastics procedures, all carried out in specialist facilities dedicated only to eyes.

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