A US national, Mr. Cole is the former Chairman and CEO of Cole National Corporation, a leading optical retailer in North America. He currently serves as a non-executive board member for Safilo, the world’s second largest manufacturer and distributor of frames and sunglasses, and Hilco, a US-based manufacturer and distributor of eye wear accessories. He is also Trustee of the Cole Eye Institute, which forms part of the Cleveland Clinic, one of the leading eye research and treatment centers in the United States.
- First term since IPO: 2015
- Reappointment: 2017
- Current term of office: up to and including the 2021 Annual General Meeting
- Year of birth: 1941