FMO chief executive resigns

Kevin Gutsell steps down after eight months in the role

26 May 2015 by Robina Moss

The Federation of Manufacturing Opticians (FMO) has announced that its chief executive, Kevin Gutsell, has stepped down from the organisation ‘for personal reasons.’

Today’s announcement (26 May) comes just weeks after the FMO’s trade show, Optrafair, which attracted 6,500 practitioners to the Birmingham NEC last month (9–11 April).

FMO chairman, Barry Dibble, said: “It is with sadness that I have accepted Kevin’s resignation after eight months in the role. His reasons for doing so are entirely honourable and I respect this. Kevin has had a long and distinguished career in the optical industry and the FMO board of directors and I wish him well for the future.”

The FMO is based in Paddington, London, and is the world’s longest established optical supplier organisation. It was founded in 1917. 

The Federation represents the interests of frame, lens, technology, IT and glazing companies, providing a platform for co-operation and networking.


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