Cooke Optics has appointed Carey Duffy director of sales – Europe, effective January 4, 2016. Based in the UK, Duffy will take over the European sales territory from director of sales, Thomas Greiser, who takes on more responsibility for North and South America as well as covering South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
Duffy brings over 35 years of industry experience to his new role. He joins Cooke from Tiffen International where he held the position of MPTV Filter Group Consultant, developing and promoting camera filter products and working as the direct contact between Tiffen US and Tiffen International for technical developments and new product concepts.
Prior to this Duffy rubbed shoulders with leading cinematographers at The London Filter Company and South London Filter, which he started with Dan Mindel BSC ASC, Ben Series BSC and Hugh Johnson. He also worked with his father, the acclaimed photographer Brian Duffy, at 3DZ, a production company that produced TV spots, pop promos and corporate films. He began his career in 1981 as a runner at the production company Lewin & Matthews where he was exposed to leading cinematographers of the day including Peter Biziou BSC, Adrain Biddle BSC and Alex Thomson BSC.
Les Zellan, chairman and owner, Cooke Optics, said, “Carey's industry contacts and technical expertise make him a strong addition to our existing sales team. We’re very pleased to have him on board.”