Jonathan Lawson, CEO of Vision Express for the last seven years, will leave the group at the end of this year and will be replaced by Onur Köksal, CEO of Atasun Optik, Turkey.

‘After more than seven years, I have taken the decision to step down as CEO of Vision Express,’ said Lawson. ’I am extremely proud to have led the company during this period of significant growth driven by both like for like sales and acquisitions and will be sad to say goodbye to colleagues and partners who have become firm friends over the years.

Lawson, who joined in May 2011 has overseen a significant period of change and transformation, culminating in the acquisition of Tesco Opticians. Lawson will be succeeded by Köksal, CEO of GrandVision-owned Atasun Optik.

A statement from the firm said Köksal has a wealth of international optical retail experience and will work closely with Lawson over the coming months to ensure a smooth transition for all customers and team members.