Duluth, Ga. — National Vision Holdings, Inc., one of the nation’s largest optical retailers providing quality, affordable eye care and eyewear, has selected Roger Francis as chief stores officer, effective May 3, 2021. Francis will report to Reade Fahs, chief executive officer, and will oversee operations for more than 1,200 stores across all National Vision brands.
Francis joins National Vision after 18 years with CVS, where he served most recently as senior vice president of HealthHUB Retail Operations and was responsible for leading the implementation of an innovative store format and services. Prior to this role, Francis was a critical part of the retail leadership team and led operations for more than 1,000 CVS locations.
“I’m thrilled to announce that Roger will be joining National Vision to play an important role in our leadership team. We were impressed with his multi-year, multi-role track record of consistent success in retail healthcare, and his focus on developing strong, long-tenured store teams,” says Fahs. “As National Vision looks towards the role retail health and technology can play in the future of healthcare, we look forward to tapping into Roger’s expertise from his parallel experiences in transforming retail pharmacy.”
Francis will succeed Sharon Petitt, senior vice president, head of store operations, who is retiring on July 1, 2021, after 40 years of distinguished service in the optical industry. Petitt joined America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses in 1996.
“It is no exaggeration to say that Sharon transformed National Vision,” says Fahs. “Sharon’s leadership and operational improvements made America’s Best a highly desirable acquisition in 2005, and the success of the merger literally saved National Vision. We all owe Sharon a great debt of gratitude.”
National Vision Holdings, Inc. is one of the largest optical retail companies in the United States with over 1,200 stores in 44 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The company operates five retail brands: America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses, Eyeglass World, Vision Centers inside select Walmart stores, and Vista Opticals inside select Fred Meyer stores and on select military bases, and several e-commerce websites. For more information, visit www.nationalvision.com.
SOURCE: National Vision Holdings, Inc.