Mondottica announces management changes

Mondottica International announces that its Founder and CEO Michael Jardine has stepped down from his CEO role effective January 1st 2020. The CEO role has been immediately assumed by the company’s CCO Tony Pessok who joined the Group from Perry Ellis International earlier last year.

Michael Jardine will continue as a substantial shareholder and member of the Board of Directors with the title of Founder and Honorary Chairman. He will continue to work from his office at Mondottica’s headquarters in Hong Kong.

According to Michael Jardine, “Mondottica was started by me two decades ago and there is a nice symmetry in handing over the reins on the cusp of the new decade to come. We have accomplished much in twenty years and I am now excited to see the new C Suite bring it to an even greater level in future”.

When asked about his own plans Jardine replied that he will continue to reside in Hong Kong and remain vitally involved with Mondottica on the Board level, while continuing to focus on his vintage eyewear and vintage brands.

Tony Pessok says, “I am privileged to be able to step into this role and take the reins of running what is an incredible business, none of which would have been possible without Michael’s guidance and, most importantly, without the dedicated hard work that the whole team perform on a daily basis. We have some incredible Brand Partners and a varied portfolio which will allow Mondottica to achieve significant further growth over the coming years, elevating us to even greater prominence in the world of eyewear”.

Jardine and his wife, Lene Hoegh, will also spend the coming years establishing a consultancy focused on the environment and sustainability as it relates to the global eyewear industry. In Jardine’s words, “Our planet needs help and every industry needs to undergo radical change if we are to ensure a sustainable future for coming generations. Our remaining time in the optical industry will be spent helping our company and the industry at large, to learn to help and not harm the planet we call Home”.

Ph. Tony Pessok