Montreal, Quebec. Canada; WestGroupe is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Francesco

Ferro to the position of Export Sales Manager. Based in Italy, Francesco will play a critical role in the

expansion of WestGroupe outside of the North American market. A 25 year sales and management

veteran, Francesco has built a strong, loyal and long-term customer base since entering the eyewear

industry 10 years ago. Francesco began his optical career at Area98 as Sales Director, responsible for

opening and managing key account business as well as building their global distribution network. In

addition to Area98, Francesco has also worked for Grupo Optim as Export Manager and Nico Design as

brand manager for the Derapage collection. Francesco’s strong work ethic, business acumen and

genuine passion and excitement for the eyewear industry will enable him to continue to grow and

manage our global business.

“I am excited about this new challenge and the trust placed in me by Westgroupe and their

president, Michael. Together, we have been planning important steps in Europe and in other

strategically important areas worldwide,” says Francesco.

“With his experience and expertise in the European optical market, his contribution to our organization

and to our customers will be tremendous,” says WestGroupe President, Michael Suliteanu. “He will

surely play a critical role in the expansion of WestGroupe into new markets globally.”