Leading European online optician Mister Spex appoints retail expert Peter Williams as chairman of board

  • 02. Dec. 2013

Mister Spex, Europe’s largest online retailer for branded eyewear, has appointed former Selfridges CEO Peter Williams as non-executive chairman of the board.

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Williams has significant experience as board member and chairman and currently also holds non-executive roles at fashion online retailer Asos, gaming company Sportech and cinema chain Cineworld. He has spent over 30 years in a variety of both executive and non-executive positions in consumer-facing businesses spanning retail, leisure, media and consumer products. In his executive career he worked at Selfridges as CFO and CEO during its renaissance to become one of the world’s leading department stores. “Peter Williams brings in a lot of retail expertise as well as fashion and e-commerce knowledge from leading online businesses like Asos”, says Mister Spex CEO Dirk Graber. “With his profile Peter perfectly completes our board. Together we strive for our vision of becoming Europe’s favorite way and place to buy eyewear”, adds Managing Director Mirko Caspar.

Peter Williams comments: “Having played a part in the successful development of Asos I was looking for a new challenge to contribute to an innovative online business. It is Mister Spex’s clear ambition to be the number one online eyewear retailer in Europe and I can help the company to strengthen its position as a market leader.”

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About Mister Spex:

Mister Spex GmbH is Europe’s leading omnichannel optician. Throughout Europe the Berlin-based company has more than 3 and a half million customers and operates own online shops in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Spain, Great Britain, Finland, Norway, Sweden and the Netherlands. Alongside contact lenses, Mister Spex offers a comprehensive range of directly available glasses and sunglasses, all at attractive prices. Customers can choose from designer frames as well as independent brands and popular private label models. One aspect that makes Mister Spex unique is that high-quality lenses (refraction index 1.5) with UV filter and anti-reflective, scratch-resistant coating are already included in the price of glasses.

In addition to transparent pricing and cost savings for complete prescription glasses, customers benefit from free services such as eye tests and glasses adjustments at one of the Mister Spex stores or partner opticians. By now Mister Spex operates multiple own stores throughout Germany. In February 2016 Mister Spex opened its first store in Berlin and was honored with the Red Dot Award for its innovative store concept in the same year. In 2017 the company also received the iF Design Award and the POPAI D-A-CH Award for its store design. Furthermore, Mister Spex works in partnership with more than 500 local opticians in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Sweden. The Mister Spex service team is made up of qualified opticians providing customer advice by telephone or e-mail. The company has its own edging and mounting lab in Berlin, where the final production and quality control of the glasses take place. Mister Spex has been an apprenticeship company for various professions since 2015 and started training optician apprentices in 2016.

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