FGX International has hired veteran consumer products executive César Melo as chief executive officer.

FGX International, César Melo, CEO, chief executive officer, Alec Taylor, Colgate-Palmolive, eyewear, sunglasses, reading glasses, Foster Grant, Magnivision

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Colgate-Palmolive exec joins FGX International as CEO

March 6th, 2013

SMITHFIELD, R.I. – FGX International has hired veteran consumer products executive César Melo as chief executive officer.

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The eyewear designer and marketer said Melo, who took the helm as CEO this week, succeeds current chief executive Alec Taylor, who is retiring after seven and a half years at FGX.

"I am thrilled to become part of the executive team at FGX, building on Alec's outstanding contributions," Melo said in a statement. "Their market leadership in nonprescription sunglasses and over-the-counter reading glasses will serve as a strong base as we innovate in these categories with exciting new products and further expand our business globally.”

Melo comes to FGX, a subsidiary of Essilor, after 23 years at Colgate-Palmolive. During his career at the company, he has lived and worked in the United States, Central and South America, Asia, Europe and Russia in roles of increasing responsibility in general management and marketing. Most recently at Colgate-Palmolive, he served as vice president of marketing, based in Geneva, Switzerland.

"César is an outstanding leader and brings a wealth of knowledge to FGX from the consumer packaged goods industry," commented Taylor. "César adds a true international perspective to our business that should help us significantly increase our global presence."

FGX's roster of sunglasses and reading glasses brands includes Foster Grant, Sight Station, Magnivision, Gargoyles, Anarchy, Corinne McCormack, SolarShield and PolarEyes. The company also holds licenses for brands such as Ironman, Body Glove, Disney, Field & Stream, Dockers, Reebok, Nine West, NASCAR and Panama Jack.

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