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Cooke Optics announces new CEO and chair

Current chair Les Zellan and CEO Robert Howard will both retire on 31st October

Lens maker Cooke Optics has announced both its chairman Les Zellan and CEO Robert Howard are retiring on 31st October.

The company has appointed Kees van Oostrum will take over as non-executive chairman, with Tim Pugh named as the company’s new CEO.

“It has been my honour to lead Cooke from relative obscurity back to its rightful place in the industry,” said Zellan. “They say ‘it takes a village,’ and I would like to thank our dedicated staff and countless industry friends and colleagues around the world who have helped to shape Cooke’s product line, giving cinematographers and directors the choices that help them tell their stories in the best possible way.”

“Both Les and Robert have achieved what some would consider miraculous during their … years with Cooke,” added Pugh. “Kees and I are excited to take the reins of this beloved company as we move into the next stage of Cooke’s evolution with the ongoing support of Caledonia Private Capital.”