01/30/2023 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/30/2023 05:35
RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. - VSP Vision™ announced today that Kathleen Steele has been named president of VSP Ventures. In the role, Steele will lead the company's business unit that provides care-focused choices for Doctors of Optometry looking for practice transition options. She will report to Kate Renwick-Espinosa, president of VSP Vision Care.
"Kathleen's skillset and experience in business development and scaling optometric services make her the right leader to accelerate the growth of VSP Ventures and ensure our unique transition options are available to doctors that protect practice legacy and put care first," said Renwick-Espinosa. "We're thrilled to welcome her to the team."
With more than a decade of executive leadership in the optical industry, Steele joins VSP Ventures from Pearle Vision, where she most recently served as senior vice president and general manager. Prior to that, she held several senior leadership roles at Luxottica, including vice president of operations, senior director of vision care strategy, as well as senior director of innovation and commercialization.
"It's an honor to join this incredible team," said Steele. "VSP Ventures remains uniquely positioned in this changing market to offer doctors solutions that meet their goals for their practices, careers, and lives, underscored by a focus on continued excellent patient care."
Steele succeeds Tiffanie Burkhalter, who has decided to depart the organization after nearly 12 years serving in a variety of roles.
"We thank Tiffanie for the many contributions made to the organization and wish her all the best in her next chapter," added Renwick-Espinosa.
About VSP Vision
At VSP Vision™, our purpose is to empower human potential through sight. As the first national not-for-profit vision benefits company, this is what drives everything we do.
For nearly 70 years, VSP has been the leader in health-focused vision care. Every day, the people that power our complementary businesses-VSP® Vision Care, Marchon Eyewear, Inc., Visionworks®, Eyefinity®, Eyeconic, VSP® Optics, and VSP® Ventures-work together to create a world where everyone can bring their best vision to life.
That means providing affordable access to eye care and eyewear for more than 85 million members through a network of more than 41,000 doctors. It also means expanding access to vision care to those disadvantaged by income, distance, or disaster through VSP Vision™ Eyes of Hope®. To date, more than 3.6 million people in need have received access to no-cost eye care and eyewear through one of our Eyes of Hope programs.
Learn more about how we're reinvesting in greater vision, health, and opportunities for all at vspvision.com