Viva International Group names industry veteran Antonio Bortuzzo as new president

   Viva International Group names industry veteran Antonio Bortuzzo as new

PR Newswire

SOMERVILLE, N.J., March 15, 2013

SOMERVILLE, N.J., March 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Viva International Group
(Viva), headquartered in Somerville, N.J., has named Antonio Bortuzzo as its
new president. The news that Bortuzzo would be joining Viva and the HVHC Inc.
family of vision companies was announced this week in conjunction with
International Vision East in New York City. He will begin his new job on May
6, succeeding Sherry Lay who served as interim president following the
departure of Frank Rescigna several months ago.

"Antonio's professional experiences, outstanding credentials and leadership
skills will be a real asset to Viva and our entire HVHC Inc. family of
companies," said David Holmberg, HVHC Inc.'s president and chief executive
officer. "He is a visionary leader with significant industry experience, and I
am confident he will help us continue to grow our business and enhance our
presence as an industry leader."

Most recently, Bortuzzo was chief executive officer (CEO) of Alain Mikli
International Group in Paris. Mikli designs, manufactures and distributes
ophthalmic frames and sunwear, and has retail stores worldwide.

Previously, he was the CEO of fashion optical eyewear wholesaler Allison
S.p.A. in Padova, Italy, and, from 2002-2007 he was the CEO and general
manager of Marcolin Group, Belluno as well as CEO of Marcolin, U.S. in
Scottsdale, Ariz.

Viva International Group is a global leader in high-quality, fashion eyewear.
Its portfolio ranges fromaccessible luxury brands GANT by Michael Bastian and
GUESS by Marciano, to fashion and lifestyle brands BONGO®, CANDIE'S®,
Catherine Deneuve, GANT, GANT Rugger, GUESS, Harley-Davidson®, RAMPAGE®,
SKECHERS and William Rast, and value names Viva, Magic Clip®, and Savvy.

Viva ( was one of the first American eyewear companies to
expand internationally and currently maintains five direct sales offices in
the United Kingdom, France, Brazil, Canada and Hong Kong. Joint ventures and
direct sales forces are also maintained in Australia, Austria, Germany,
Mexico, the Netherlands and Switzerland.

Viva, is a business unit of HVHC Inc., an integrated vision care company,
which also includes Davis Vision Inc. and Visionworks, formerly Eye Care
Centers of America. HVHC Inc. has assembled many businesses and brands under
one umbrella, which allows it to offer a wide variety of competitive products
and services. Together, the companies provide a total eyecare and eyewear
experience. For more information, please visit

SOURCE Viva International Group

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