Essilor International appoints Xavier Galliot Group Chief Sustainability Officer

Charenton-le-Pont, France, 4-8-2015 — /EuropaWire/ — Essilor International announces that Xavier Galliot has been appointed Group Chief Sustainability Officer, reporting to Jayanth Bhuvaraghan, Chief Corporate Mission Officer.

Xavier Galliot’s valuable experience will contribute to strengthen and accelerate Essilor’s commitment to global sustainability, an integrated driver of the Group’s mission, “improving lives by improving sight”. Sustainable development is at the heart of Essilor’s activity, both in the way the Group manages its business and in its contribution to the 4.5 billion individuals in the world who need vision correction and the communities in which they live.

Xavier Galliot started his career with Ernst & Young as consultant in strategy, in France and Japan. In 2002, he joined Rio Tinto Alcan where he held sales & marketing positions on international markets, before being appointed head of green business strategy for the Distribution & Services activity. Since 2010, he was sustainable development director of the Rexel group and general secretary of the Rexel foundation.

Xavier Galliot, 42, holds a Master’s degree in Economics & Finance. He is a graduate of Kedge Business School and is a Stanford University executive program alumnus.

About Essilor
The world’s leading ophthalmic optics company, Essilor designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of lenses to improve and protect eyesight. Its mission is to improve lives by improving sight. To fulfill it, Essilor allocates more than €180 million to research and innovation every year, in a commitment to continuously bringing new, more effective products to market. Its flagship brands are Varilux ® , Crizal ® , Transitions ® , Definity ® , Xperio ® , Optifog ® , Foster Grant ® , Bolon ® and Costa ® . It also develops and markets equipment, instruments and services for eyecare professionals.

Essilor reported consolidated revenue of nearly €5.7 billion in 2014 and employs 58,000 people. It markets its products in more than 100 countries and has 33 plants, 490 prescription laboratories and edging facilities, as well as several research and development centers around the world. For more information, please visit The Essilor share trades on the NYSE Euronext Paris market and is included in the Euro Stoxx 50 and CAC 40 indices. Codes and symbols: ISIN: FR0000121667; Reuters: ESSI.PA; Bloomberg: EI:FP.

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