Reade Fahs has served as the Chief Executive Officer of National Vision Inc. since January 2003. He joined the Company in April 2002 as its President and Chief Operating Officer. Under his leadership, National Vision has become into the third largest and fastest growing optical retail chain in the United States, with a diverse portfolio of more than 900 stores across five brands, 20 e-commerce websites, and over 9,000 employees and more than $1 billion in sales.
Prior to joining National Vision, Reade served as the Chief Executive Officer of the European Internet start-up company, First Tuesday. Prior to First Tuesday, Mr. Fahs was Managing Director of U.K.-based Vision Express where he led a dramatic turnaround of its largest and most profitable division. When Vision Express merged with Grand Optical, the new company – Grand Vision – became the largest optical chain in Europe.
Mr. Fahs began his optical career in 1986 when he joined LensCrafters, then a regional optical chain of less than 100 stores. When he left LensCrafters 10 years later it was the largest optical chain in the world. At LensCrafters Reade led advertising, strategy, and new product development. Under his leadership, LensCrafters saw the successful launch of new products such as Featherwates, Duralens, Flexon and Rx Sun, as well as the first television ad-campaign for parent company Luxottica.
Mr. Fahs devotes himself to an ecosystem of charities that help to make eyeglasses available and affordable to underserved populations around the world. He is the Chairman of the Board of VisionSpring, a social enterprise that works to ensure affordable access to eyewear, everywhere; and he is also an active board member of RestoringVision.org, a nonprofit that provides millions of readers and sunglasses via mission trips to those who would otherwise not have access to eyewear. Mr. Fahs also co-founded Frames for the World, a nonprofit that provides new eyeglass frames to clinics in Latin America for them to use in their work with underserved communities. Personally, Mr. Fahs also serves on the boards of Ditto.com (a high-tech optical start-up), Affordable Care Inc. (a low-cost dental provider), Wilberforce University and Atlanta's Alliance Theatre.
He holds a B.A. in English and American Literature from Harvard University.