Mondottica International has announced that its founder and chief executive officer, Michael Jardine, stepped down on January 1 with chief commercial officer Tony Pessok taking over the role.

Jardine will continue as a shareholder and member of the board of directors at the eyewear company with the title of founder and honorary chairman.

Speaking about his change in role, Jardine said: “Mondottica was started by me two decades ago and there is a nice symmetry in handing over the reins on the cusp of the new decade to come. We have accomplished much in 20 years and I am now excited to see the new C Suite bring it to an even greater level in future.”

Pessok added that he is “privileged” to step into the role and highlighted Mr Jardine’s work to develop the eyewear company.

Jardine and his wife, Lene Hoegh, will now establish a consultancy business focused on the environment and sustainability in the eyewear industry.

“Our planet needs help and every industry needs to undergo radical change if we are to ensure a sustainable future for coming generations. Our remaining time in the optical industry will be spent helping our company and the industry at large to learn to help and not harm the planet we call home,” he added.