Usha Patil.

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—VSP Vision announced today that Usha Patil has joined the company effective June 3 as chief insurance officer, and in that role will lead VSP Vision Care, the organization’s not-for-profit vision benefits business that serves more than 85 million members. Patil joins VSP Vision from UnitedHealth Group, where she spent the last 14 years in a variety of senior leadership roles, most recently leading operations for UnitedHealthcare’s individual and family Affordable Care Act (ACA) plans, the company stated.

“Usha brings a strong background in leading operations, strategy, and performance in the health care industry,” said Michael Guyette, president and CEO of VSP Vision. “Her expertise in consumer experience and digital transformation will help us deliver more value to our members and clients, including improved health care outcomes, through ongoing product innovations that meet the needs of the diverse communities we serve.”

Prior to her position at UnitedHealth Group, Patil worked in risk advisory services at KPMG. She also served as vice president of digital transformation and consumer experience for Optum, and holds a bachelor’s degree in business management with an operations concentration from North Carolina State University.

Patil succeeds Kate Renwick-Espinosa, who resigned effective last week to take a CEO role outside of the vision care industry following more than three decades with the company, according to the announcement. Renwick-Espinosa led VSP’s vision benefits business since 2015, and most recently served as chief network officer, a role that will also be backfilled, the company said.

“During her 32 years with the company, Kate took on progressively complex leadership roles, from the first chief marketing officer to the first female president of VSP Vision Care, and most recently as chief network officer,” said Guyette. “Her impact has been long-standing and we are grateful for the leadership she has shown our employees and her many contributions to our stakeholders. We wish her all the best as she embarks on her new journey.”