May 8, 2017 – London-based executive search firm Erevena has placed John Kennedy as chief executive officer of next-generation eyewear manufacturer Adlens. The company’s previous CEO Michael Ferrara retired this past fall and COO Frank Lavety has been serving as the company’s interim chief.
Mr. Kennedy has business experience in multiple areas, including management, operations, supply chain and marketing. He also has over 10 years of experience in growing private equity-backed businesses, gained in consumer brand and retail companies.
Previously, he was with online print business MOO.com. Under his leadership, the business tripled its revenue. Prior to that, he was managing director U.K. at Wayfair, the largest online-only retailer of home furnishings and housewares. Before that, he was CEO of Moyses Stevens and supply chain director at Green & Black’s, a producer of organic and fair-trade chocolate. Mr. Kennedy currently serves as non-executive director at the National Park Partnerships.
“John brings broad industry experience, data-intensive thought leadership and a proven track record of growth in his previous roles,” said James Chen, co-founder, owner and board member. “Combined with his leadership, his credentials and his unique background, we are confident in John’s ability to lead Adlens’ mission of being the global leader in variable power optics. John will be instrumental in advancing our technology into the next stage of growth and we believe he is exactly what we need as we enter the next chapter of the business.”
“I’m honored and I’m grateful to the board to lead the Adlens team,” said Mr. Kennedy. “Adlens has that rare combination of leading products, amazingly talented people and dedication to technology innovation. The company is positioned to become the new global leader in Variable Power Optics. We are on a journey that we believe will transform the vision of all of us who wear glasses.”
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With headquarters in the U.K. and with additional offices in Tokyo and Boston, Adlens was founded in 2005 to address the need for corrective vision and to develop commercial applications of variable focus lens technology.
Founded in 2003, Erevena is a technology-focused executive search firm that partners with consumer and enterprise brands on innovation, venturing, and digital transformation. The firm has recently filled senior positions for a number of companies in the technology sector, including Qinec, Cloud66, RES Software, Prodigy Finance, LS Retail, LLamasoft and Dashlane.
Last year, Erevena opened its first U.S. office, establishing a location in San Francisco. The office is led by partner Terry Shaw and principal consultant Max Levy, who relocated from London. Mr. Shaw has led C-suite and strategic go-to-market searches for enterprise software and digital clients in EMEA, the Americas, and Asia Pacific. He specializes in working with hyper-growth VC-backed businesses such as Zendesk, Yammer, Huddle, RhodeCode, Ebury, Socialbakers and Stack Exchange.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media