Zeiss has announced former managing director of Carl Zeiss Vision South Africa Ms Gail Giordani will head its vision care business in Australia and New Zealand, taking over from Ms Hilke Fitzsimons.
Giordani is a medical scientist specialising in haematology who arrives at her new posting in Adelaide with more than two decades’ experience within the company.
Fitzsimons, who became general manager of Zeiss Vision Care ANZ in 2017 after several other leadership positions within the company, has taken on a new role within the global organisation.
Giordani began her career at Zeiss South Africa in 1999 as a member of the microscopy division focusing on the market development of fluorescent and confocal microscopy. In 2014, she was appointed managing director of Carl Zeiss South Africa.
She has now relocated to Adelaide where she will be based at the company’s site in the Tonsley Innovation District.
“Based on my years of experience within the Zeiss organisation and a developing market, I intend to leverage this knowledge, positioning Zeiss Vision Care in the Australia/New Zealand market as a partner of choice for our customers,” she said.
“Zeiss being a portfolio company and a world leader in ophthalmic markets, we are in a unique position to offer our customers a comprehensive product solution enhancing their patient journey. We recognise that a combination of product, innovative technology and customisation leads to a better and memorable patient experience.”
Giordani said sustainability remained an integral focus, exemplified at the Tonsley facility, which is advancing towards greater use of renewable energy.
“I am excited to be making a big life and professional change and look forward to travelling around Australia and New Zealand meeting with our customers and industry role players,” she said.
“We would like to thank Hilke for her contribution to the successful growth of the Zeiss ANZ Vision Care business over the years and wish her every success in her new global role.”
This year Zeiss celebrates 175 years in optics. It has now operated in the ANZ market for 60 years.