Coastal Appoints Neel Grover to Board of Directors

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Oct. 15, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Coastal Contacts Inc. (TSX:COA) (Stockholm:COA) ("", "Coastal") one of the world's largest online retailers of eyeglasses and contact lenses announced today that it has appointed Mr. Neel Grover to Coastal's Board of Directors.

Mr. Grover served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Rakuten (formerly from May, 2006 until his departure in September, 2012 after having served as President and COO from September, 2003. was acquired by Rakuten Inc., in May, 2010. Mr. Grover remains a Board Director of Rakuten and Rakuten U.S.A. Mr. Grover also has experience with ThinkTank Holdings, a private equity management company, and the law firms of Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison LLP and Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue.

Mr. Grover received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of San Diego School of Law and his B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Irvine, and resides in Laguna Beach California.

"We are delighted to have a seasoned e-commerce and social commerce leader with Neel's deep U.S. and international experience join Coastal's Board at this important time in the Company's development," stated Roger Hardy, Coastal's Founder and CEO. "His knowledge developing the U.S. market for Rakuten will be invaluable as Coastal focuses on accelerating its rapidly growing eyewear business in this market."

Mr. Tushar Shah, Managing Partner of Kinderhook, LP has resigned his position on the Board. The Company thanked Mr. Shah for his time on the Board.

About Coastal Contacts Inc.

Coastal Contacts empowers customers to easily browse, try on and buy eyewear — with the goal of saving time, money and sanity. With every pair of qualifying frames purchased, Coastal Contacts donates a pair to someone in need through its Change the View project. Founded in 2000, Coastal Contacts designs, produces and distributes among the largest selection of eyeglasses and contact lenses on the Internet, including a unique combination of designer eyeglasses, contact lenses, sunglasses, and vision care accessories. Coastal Contacts serves customers in more than 150 countries through the Coastal Contacts family of websites including:,,,,,,,,, and

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