Coastal Contacts appoints Chief Financial Officer


    TSX Symbol: COA

    VANCOUVER, April 16 /CNW/ - Coastal Contacts Inc. (TSX: COA) announced
today the promotion of Glen Kayll, CA, MBA, to Chief Financial Officer.
    Mr. Kayll joined Coastal Contacts in late 2006 as Vice President,
International Operations. His main areas of responsibility have been the
integration of recent acquisitions in Asia and the Netherlands, capturing
synergies in the Company's international operations and improving financial
reporting systems.
    Prior to joining Coastal, Mr. Kayll spent the past several years with
PMC-Sierra Inc., in a variety of senior finance roles and most recently as the
company's Treasurer. He was integral to PMC-Sierra's public and private
investment as well as merger and acquisition efforts. His past
responsibilities also included worldwide cash management, foreign exchange
hedging, corporate finance and investor relations. PMC-Sierra, a leading
provider of broadband communications and storage semiconductors, is publicly
traded on the NASDAQ Stock Market under the PMCS symbol and is included in the
S&P 500 Index.
    Mr. Kayll holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Carleton University
and a Masters in Business Administration from Simon Fraser University. He also
holds a Chartered Accountant designation.
    "During the time Glen has spent with Coastal he has demonstrated his
ability to add value to our organization in a variety of areas," said Roger
Hardy, Coastal Contacts President and CEO. "Coastal has achieved a critical
mass in all of our markets which allows the Company to continue its growth
while maintaining profitability. Glen will be responsible for maintaining that
balance while participating in other strategic opportunities such as
    Reta Byvelds, the Company's current Chief Financial Officer, has
submitted her resignation to pursue other opportunities.

    About Coastal Contacts:

    Coastal Contacts is the world's fastest-growing vision care supplier.
Leveraging its world class operations in Europe, North America and Asia,
Coastal is building a predictable recurring revenue stream in the contact lens
segment and is developing complementary branded vision care products. Already
No. 1 in most of its markets, Coastal is rapidly advancing toward its goal of
becoming the dominant global vision care supplier.

    This news release contains certain forward-looking statements that
reflect the current views and/or expectations of Coastal Contacts Inc. with
respect to its performance, business and future events. Investors are
cautioned that all forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties
including, without limitation, those relating to changes in the market,
potential downturns in economic conditions, limited suppliers, inventory risk,
disruption in our distribution facilities, foreign exchange fluctuations,
regulatory requirements, demand for contact lenses, competition and dependence
on the internet. These risks, as well as others, could cause actual results
and events to vary significantly. Coastal Contacts does not undertake any
obligations to release publicly any revisions for updating any voluntary
forward-looking statements.

    Neither the TSX nor any other regulatory body has reviewed and therefore
    does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this

For further information:

For further information: Terry Vanderkruyk, Vice President, Corporate
Development, Coastal Contacts Inc., (604) 676-4498,

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