Jim Sepanek named Vice President at Signature Eyewear


Industry veteran Jim Sepanek has been named Vice President of Business Development at Signature. An executive with nearly 20 years in the optical industry, Sepanek will apply his global experience in brand management, product development and sales to guide Signature’s growth strategy.


"Signature provides me with a unique opportunity to evolve, both personally and professionally, in the industry I love." said Sepanek. "I am thrilled that I can play a leadership role as Signature continues to find innovative ways to help our customers grow their businesses."


"Jim has demonstrated a unique ability to work vertically with customers, suppliers and licensors," noted Michael Prince, CEO of Signature Eyewear. "This insight helps us react quickly to the dynamic market conditions in the fashion industry."


Sepanek will continue to drive the men’s side of Signature’s brand portfolio focusing primarily on the expanded relationship with the Hartmarx Group and the launch of Hickey Freeman and Bobby Jones in the Spring.


Additionally, he will play an executive role in Signature’s new division, The Signature Fashion Group, which will focus on Rough Justice and the launch of its proprietary brand of women’s footwear and fashion accessories. Rough Justice footwear will debut in the spring of 2011.


About Signature Eyewear
Signature Eyewear is a California public company and is a leading designer and marketer of prescription eyeglass frames and sunglasses under internationally-recognized brand names such as Carmen Marc Valvo, Cutter and Buck, Hart Schaffner Marx, Laura Ashley, Michael Stars, Nicole Miller and soon to be launched Hickey Freeman and Bobby Jones. Signature Eyewear’s proprietary brands include Dakota Smith, Rough Justice and The Signature Collection. The Company’s products are sold in the United States and internationally to opticians, optometrists and ophthalmologists, optical retail chains, and department stores. For information about Signature Eyewear call 1-800-765-EYES or visit the company's web site at www.seye.com.