Jim McGrann
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SOS welcomes our newest board member

SOS Children's Villages USA welcomes our newest board member, Jim McGrann, to the SOS family.

Jim McGrann is an engaging, decisive and adaptable leader with a demonstrated history of delivering results in the healthcare, insurance, technology, supply chain and consulting industries. He is an experienced CEO, CTO and CIO with a passion for helping businesses win in the marketplace while growing profitably and achieving change amid order, and order amid change.

Jim possesses the ideal mix of business skills, technology expertise and creativity to lead in today's rapidly evolving marketplace. He has been a C-level executive for 20 years and has also served on both internal and external boards of directors. He is also the Chairman & CEO of Healthy Eyes Advantage, a solutions company that empowers independent eye care professionals to succeed in the rapidly evolving optical industry.

Prior to joining Healthy Eyes Advantage, Jim was the President & CEO of VSP Global, a $5.3B vertically integrated healthcare organization with the mission of helping people see. He successfully navigated the needs of a complex set of stakeholders, including 83M customers, 60K clients, 37K doctors, 6K global employees & numerous business partners including fashion houses, lens & lab, software and eyewear companies.

From December 2008 to November 2011, before becoming CEO of VSP Global, Jim served as VSP Global’s President of Eyefinty, the largest practice management and electronic health record company in the Optical industry serving 25K doctors, VSP Global’s Chief Technology Officer and President of VSP Vision Care, the largest healthcare company in the world (by membership) providing vision benefits to 83M consumers (including 1 in 4 Americans).

From December 2011 to September 2015, while President of VSP Vision Care, Jim focused on winning in the marketplace and the business grew by $1.02B (34%) and 23.7M members (42%) while delivering record EBITDA and NIBT. He also led the creation and strategic development of VSP Global’s innovation lab, The Shop. Jim leveraged revolutionary techniques such as design thinking, user-centered design and nexus management to successfully launch The Shop in a three-month period of time.

While President of VSP Vision Care, Jim was Chairman of the Board for the National Association of Vision Care Plans (NAVCP). The NAVCP is the national association established in order to act as the unified voice representing the managed vision care industry. Jim was elected as Chairman by his peers at competing organizations.

Jim's employer Marchon Eyewear was acquired by VSP Global in August 2008. From August 1999 to November 2008, Jim was the CIO of Marchon Eyewear and the CEO of OfficeMate Software Solutions (a Marchon Company). Jim led the post-acquisition integration team following VSP Global’s acquisition of Marchon. Before joining Marchon, Jim spent 15 years as a management consultant and partner for Accenture, IBM and EY.

Jim lives in New Yok City with his wife Taryn. He has a BS in Industrial Engineering from Columbia University. He was a Member of the Wall Street Journal CEO Council from 2015 to 2017.

Learn more about our Board of Directors on our website.

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