Board of Directors
Marc Tersigni - Chief Strategic Officer, Essilor in Canada
Marc joined Essilor Canada in 1996, his previous employment was at Bayer Canada`s Pharmaceuticals and Consumer Care Divisions where he held several senior positions in Sales and Marketing. Prior to that Marc held positions at Becton Dickinson and Wardair.
While at Essilor Canada, he held numerous positions including Vice President Business Development Retail Division, Vice President Regional Business & Operations Unit Centre, and most recently President Essilor Canada. Marc also held the position of Managing Director for Essilor Ltd, in the UK, Country Manager Essilor Group in the UK during his tenure in Bristol England from 2008 to 2011. Marc was promoted to CSO in February of 2015 to oversee and to develop the business units of Essilor in Canada. During his career, he made several acquisitions of competitive Optical Labs in both Canada and the UK and continues to be active in M&A and Business Development.
Marc holds a bachelor`s degree in Commerce, from Ryerson University and a diploma in Economics from Humber College, both in Toronto.
Gilles Pepin - CEO of HumanWare
Mr. Gilles Pepin is the CEO and a shareholder of HumanWare. With more than 25 years experience, Mr. Pepin has built a solid worldwide reputation in the field of assistive technology and in the arena of visual impairment.
In 1988, Mr. Pepin founded VisuAide, a successful company specialized in high technology for people who are blind or visually impaired. VisuAide merged with PDI in 2005 to form HumanWare.
Before founding VisuAide, Mr. Pepin worked for 5 years as a consultant in a telecommunications engineering firm where he accomplished a number of noteworthy computer, telephony and other telecommunications projects. He then joined the Institut Nazareth et Louis-Braille as a technology consultant where he made his first steps in assistive technology.
Mr. Pepin holds a master's degree in digital speech signal processing from the Université de Sherbrooke and completed post-graduate studies (DEA) at the Université de Rennes, France. He also studied management accounting at McGill University in Montreal. He received his engineering degree from the Université de Sherbrooke in 1982.
Roy Hessel - President and CEO of the Clearly Group
Roy is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Clearly Group, the world's largest online optical retailer. A tech entrepreneur; he has been a pioneer of online optical since he founded EyeBuyDirect in 2005 with the ambition to make vision correction globally accessible. Roy’s vision was made possible by joining with the Essilor Group (EPA:EI) in 2012, and he now leads the world's largest online optical group with operations in Canada, USA, Sweden, China, Japan, and Brazil.
For his innovations in the online optical space and his work to promote awareness of vision health, Roy was recently appointed member of the World Economic Forum's Young Global Leader class of 2016. He is a graduate of Harvard Business School (OPM) and Rutgers Business School (MBA).
Sylvie Pelletier - Vice-President Finance at Essilor Canada
Mrs. Sylvie Pelletier holds the title of Vice-President Finance at Essilor Canada Group. Backed by over 20 years of experience, Mrs. Pelletier is known among her peers in the financial sector.
Mrs. Pelletier joined Essilor Canada in 2010 as Vice-President Finance. She previously worked as Vice-President & Corporate Controller at Pharmascience, and also worked at Pratt & Whitney Canada and PriceWaterhouseCoopers. During her career in the financial field, she made a series of acquisitions and integrated management systems implementations. In addition, she was an important financial partner and advisor for the management teams of the various companies in which she worked.
Mrs. Pelletier holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting (B.A.A.) from the Hautes Études Commerciales school and a CPA and CA designation. She has also served on the board of many private and non-profit organizations.
François d'Alverny - Group Treasurer, Essilor International
François d'Alverny joined the Essilor Group in November 2009 as Director of Finance and Treasury. He is currently based in Charenton-le-Pont (France).
François d'Alverny held various financial posts within the Michelin Group during 20 years, successively in Germany, France, and Switzerland, where he worked as a Treasurer from 2005 to 2009.
Graduate of the Paris Institute of Political Sciences (1989) and of the Harvard Business School Program for Management Development (2004), he is Director of the AFTE (French Association of Corporate Treasurers) and Senior Lecturer at Sciences Po.