Lukas Ruecker, president, EyeMed Vision Care, was named chairman of the board of directors of the National Association of Vision Care Plans (NAVCP) during the organization’s 2018 Vision Health Summit this week in Austin, TX.
Named chairman for the 2018-2020 term, Ruecker succeeds Karen Gustin, executive vice president, Ameritas Life Insurance Corp., who served as NAVCP chairman since 2016. Kirk Rothrock, CEO, Superior Vision, NAVCP secretary/treasurer since 2016, will assume the chairman-elect position.
“Lukas has actively shared his deep industry knowledge and strategic leadership with the association for the past four years,” said Julian Roberts, NAVCP executive director. “NAVCP is fortunate to have such a respected thought leader as chairman.”
Ruecker said, “As the unified voice of the managed vision care industry, NAVCP needs to better position vision care as essential healthcare for all Americans and improve access to quality eyecare. We also need to continue to reduce duplication and simplify administration for patients, providers and other stakeholders in the optical ecosystem.”