Paul du Saillant and Laurent Vacherot Appointed Chief Operating Officers

By Essilor, PRNE
Sunday, November 28, 2010

CHARENTON-LE-PONT, France, November 29, 2010 - To support deployment of corporate strategy, Essilor's Chief
Executive Officer, Hubert Sagnieres, has appointed two Chief Operating
Officers from within the Executive Committee.

Paul du Saillant is in charge of Research and Development as
well as Quality. He also heads the Europe Region. In addition, he will take
on responsibility for Global Operations starting in the first half of 2011.

Laurent Vacherot, in addition to overseeing Corporate Finance,
heads Information Systems & Technology and Investor Relations. The Latin
America Region is also placed under his supervision. The Equipment and
Instrument Divisions will be added to his remit during the first half of next

    - Paul du Saillant, 51, worked at Air Liquide for nearly 20 years before
      joining Lhoist as Chief Operating Officer and moving on to Essilor in
      2008. He holds a degree from the Ecole Centrale de Paris engineering

    - Laurent Vacherot, 54, joined Essilor in 1991 as Corporate Senior Vice
      President, Management Accounting. He headed operations in Canada and
      then the United States before taking on the role of Chief Financial
      Officer in 2007. Mr. Vacherot is a graduate of a French engineering
      school, Ecole Nationale Superieure des Telecommunications de Paris.

The world leader in ophthalmic optical products, Essilor International
researches, develops, manufactures and markets around the world a wide
range of lenses to improve and protect eyesight. Its flagship brands are
Varilux(R), Crizal(R), Essilor(R), Definity(R) and Xperio(TM).

The Company reported consolidated revenue of more than EUR3.2 billion in
2009, with 34,700 employees and operations in 100 countries.

For more information, please visit

The Essilor share trades on the NYSE Euronext Paris market and is
included in the CAC 40 index.

Codes and symbols: ISIN: FR0000121667; Reuters: ESSI.PA;
Bloomberg: EI:FP.

    Investor Relations and Financial Communications
    Veronique Gillet - Sebastien Leroy
    Phone: +33(0)1-49-77-42-16

Investor Relations and Financial Communications, Veronique Gillet - Sebastien Leroy, Phone: +33(0)1-49-77-42-16

will not be displayed