Senior Vice President and Editorial Director, Vision Monday VMAIL, Jobson Optical Group, New York
After a series of business journalism roles, Axelrad joined Jobson in 1988 when she was named editor-in-chief of Vision Monday and her role at Jobson has since expanded to senior vice president and editorial director of both VM and VMAIL and 20/20. Vision Monday is part of the Jobson Optical Group, which consists of the leading publications/websites/information resources for the vision care field and includes 20/20 Magazine and others. The Optical Group is a part of Jobson Medical Information, which is a division of WebMD.
With more than 30 years of experience as an eyewear and vision care market observer, columnist and frequent speaker about optical industry issues in the U.S. and internationally, Axelrad oversees Jobson’s coverage of industry developments via Vision Monday, VMail, VisionMonday.com and VM’s Global Leadership Summit. She is also the editorial liaison for the Jobson Research Group.
Axelrad is a founding board member of the Optical Women’s Association and honored by the OWA in 2013 with its Pleiades Award. In 2008, Axelrad was recognized by the Accessories Council with its “Hall of Fame” Award and in March 2011 she was honored by SUNY’s Optometric Foundation.
In 2017, Axelrad was recognized as Prevent Blindness’ “Person of Vision”. She has also served on the national board of Prevent Blindness America (2009-2013) and, is currently on the board of trustees of SUNY-Optometry/Optometric Foundation of New York.
A graduate of the University of Rochester, Axelrad started her b-to-b journalism career first as an editorial assistant and then as reporter and editor covering the fields of men’s apparel, home furnishings and department store retailing.
Jobson Optical Group also includes Review of Optometric Business, Review of Optometry, Review of Ophthalmology, FRAMESData, Jobson Interactive and Jobson Research.