Adds leadership in marketing and technology, including launch of CIO position, as growth continues
VANCOUVER, BC, June 3, 2021 /CNW/ - KITS Eyecare Ltd. (TSX: KITS) (OTCQX: KTYCF) ("KITS" or the "Company"), a rapidly growing, vertically integrated eyecare platform, today announced the appointment of Robert Long to the newly formed position of Chief Information Officer, and the appointment of Stefan Harvalias as Chief Marketing Officer.
Robert Long joined KITS in January 2020 from Dyson Canada, where he sat on the leadership team and led the Direct-to-Consumer division. At Dyson, he built the direct channel into a leading growth driver for the company. Previous to Dyson, Mr. Long was a key member of the marketing leadership team at Coastal Contacts, helping to launch the eyeglasses business in 2008. He subsequently moved to Shanghai to lead EyeBuyDirect, a leading glasses retailer.
Mr. Harvalias joins KITS from Match Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: MTCH) where he led the global marketing function for the Plenty of Fish banner. Previously, he served in progressively senior marketing positions across consumer brand companies including Visa, Kraft Heinz, and EA Sports.
Commenting on the leadership updates, Roger Hardy, CEO of KITS said, "We are delighted to welcome Stefan to the team. His track record of building successful e-commerce brands and subscription businesses, combined with his breadth of experience delivering strong results makes him ideally suited to lead KITS' marketing efforts as we continue on our journey as a public company."
"Since the beginning of 2020, Rob's contributions have enabled us to achieve record revenues and unlock new customer growth – we're truly excited to have him lead our data and information team. As we continue to expand our expertise in technology and operations, we are focused on investing in the right talent to accelerate growth and generate value for our shareholders," added Mr. Hardy.
Over the past two years of rapid growth, KITS has hired over 90 employees, including over 80 in the Vancouver area. KITS plans to continue to expand its Vancouver presence with additional leadership hires in Marketing, Technology, and Operations in the year ahead.
KITS is a rapidly growing, vertically integrated, digitally native eyecare platform for eyes everywhere. We offer customers access to a vast selection of contact lenses and eyeglasses, including our own exclusive KITS designed products, as well as a robust suite of online vision tools. Our efficient digital platform, backed by our industry-leading manufacturing and designs, removes intermediaries and enables us to offer great prices and deliver made to order personalized products with incredible care and accuracy. We are creating disruption in the industry by constantly pursuing cutting-edge technologies to enable the best customer experience, including online eyewear fitting tools, virtual try-on for glasses, and an integrated online vision test. We strive to delight our customers with our competitive prices, a convenient digital shopping experience, fast and reliable delivery options and an unrelenting focus on earning our customers' lifelong trust. For more information on KITS, visit: www.KITS.com.
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