James Spina, senior vice president of editorial and editor-in-chief of 20/20 Magazine, will be retiring at the end of 2023, according to a Wednesday announcement from Jobson Optical Group, which runs the family of brands 20/20 Magazine is a part of.
For more than 25 years, Spina has led the 20/20 team as a trusted voice in the industry for optical products, trends, technology and continuing education.
During his tenure as the eidtor of 20/20 Magazine, Spina and his team have stood at the forefront of the optical industry, providing its audience with cutting-edge commentary on many aspects of the community.
Leaning on his previous experience as creative director at fashion industry leaders Women’s Wear Daily and W, his fashion-forward perspective allowed him the opportunity to change the way the industry viewed optical products by seeing and setting eyewear trends in a unique way.
Spina was also at the forefront of the addition of continuing education and pro-to-pro content in every issue of 20/20, along with the seamless integration of Lenses & Technology into 20/20 Magazine.
“James Spina’s hands have touched everything that is 20/20 for over 25 years now,” James DeMatteis, group publisher, 20/20 Magazine and Vision Monday, said. “His unique vision and passion shone a beautiful light on the optical industry through the lens of 20/20 Magazine, and that light will be greatly missed.”
Spina will be with Jobson until the end of the year. Jobson is currently undertaking the task of finding his replacement.
The Jobson Optical Group’s family of leading brands includes 20/20 Magazine, Frames Data, Vision Monday, VMail, Review of Myopia Management, Review of Optometric Business, Review of Presbyopia, Review of Optometry and Review of Ophthalmology.