UITHOORN, The Netherlands, February 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Hoya announces the appointment of Mr. Hans Werquin (49) as CEO of Hoya Vision Care Europe starting the 1st of April 2010. He will report to Mr. Gerald W. Bottero, who has been leading the European branch in the past 5 years. Mr. Bottero will remain CEO of Hoya Vision Care globally.

Mr. Werquin has 20 years experience in the optical industry and is currently President of Hoya Lens Belgium and Hoya Lens France. Based in Paris, he will remain President of both companies, while Mr. Frank Van de Perck and Mr. Patrice Pineau will be appointed Vice President of respectively Hoya Lens Belgium and Hoya Lens France.

Hans Werquin: I strongly believe in involving and mobilizing our customers and all Hoya teams in the unique innovative technologies of the HOYA Group, and I will devote my vision, passion and accountability to uplift these core strengths of the HOYA Group within Europe.

Gerry Bottero: We feel that with the appointment of Mr. Werquin as CEO of Hoya Vision Care Europe, we strengthen our management on a European level, so Hoya Vision Care Europe can continue to carry out their supportive function within this important region, and grow its market share even further.

About Hoya Corporation

Hoya Corporation is a global technology company based in Tokyo, Japan, and the leading supplier of innovative and indispensable high-tech products and services based upon its advanced optics technologies. Hoya is active in four fields of business: (1) Eye Care provides eyeglasses, operates retail shops for contact lenses, and makes intraocular lenses for cataract surgery; (2) Life Care provides endoscopic system; (3) Electro-Optics makes mask blanks and photo masks for the semiconductor devices and LCD panels, optical lenses for digital cameras, and glass memory disks for HDDs; and (4) Imaging produces SLR/compact digital cameras, interchangeable lenses, lens modules and micro lenses. Hoya now has over 100 subsidiaries and affiliates, and employs approximately 32,700 people worldwide.

SOURCE: Hoya Corporation

CONTACT: For more information: Marijn de Winter, Marketing Manager, HoyaVision Care Europe, Telephone: +31-297-514-225, E-mail: m.dewinter@hoya.nl