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Recognizing Employee Excellence with Characteristic Awards

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When our associates excel at work, we make it a point to recognize them. And like everything else at Luxottica, we like to go big!

We recently recognized four exceptional associates as winners of the 2014 Luxottica Characteristics Awards. They received their awards in front of all of our associates in Cincinnati, and our CEO, Andrea Guerra.

Check out these pictures and stories, and stay tuned for Q&As with each award winner in the coming weeks.

Imaginative Winner: Tom Wible, Manager Associate Engagement, Sunglass Hut Operations

Recognizing Employee Excellence with Characteristic Awards

Tom Wible (Sunglass Hut), the Imaginative Luxottica Characteristic award winner, pictured with John Haugh.

Tom led the implementation and rollout of Sunglass Hut’s GO!Play, the brand’s digital rewards and recognition program for store associates. Tom helped build a program that is a perfect fit for SGH store associates by seeking out ideas and feedback from end users and putting their ideas into the platform. The GO!Play strategy received an Excellence Award for Associate Engagement from the International Association of Business Communicators.

Passionate Winner: Laurie Cyrus, Administrative Assistant, EyeMed

Recognizing Employee Excellence with Characteristic Awards

Laurie Cyrus (EyeMed), the Passionate Luxottica Characteristic award winner, pictured with Lukas Ruecker.

One of our Passionate behaviors is acting as if you own the company. Laurie did just that when the EyeMed team was undergoing change and many new associates and leaders needed to be onboarded in a very short time. In the last year, Laurie onboarded two-thirds of the EyeMed Marketing and Communications team and 50 percent of the Strategy & Innovation team. Laurie consistently engages the hearts and minds of others with her can-do attitude and willingness to help.

Entrepreneurial Winner: Alex Hartman, Senior Manager, SGH Operations Systems

Recognizing Employee Excellence with Characteristic Awards

Alex Hartman (Sunglass Hut), the Entrepreneurial Luxottica Characteristic award winner, pictured with Nicola Brandoles

By leading the brand’s transition from Blackberrys to iPhones and iPads, Alex Hartman saved Field Managers an estimated 12,000 hours annually, and reduced paper copies by 90%, making the brand more Zero Waste.

Simple & Fast Winner: Karen Jedding, Sr Manager, Target Optical Human Resources

Recognizing Employee Excellence with Characteristic Awards

Karen Jedding (Target Optical), the Simple & Fast Luxottica Characteristic award winner, pictured with all of the members of our Executive Council.

Driving out complexity, but still delivering great results. That’s the essence of this award and Karen’s “Right on Target” recruitment and hiring strategy for Target Optical. Karen helped transform the way the brand recruits and hires store associates and field leaders – and she developed and executed the strategy within three short months.

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