Distinguished Speaker Series

Michael Guyette
President & CEO of VSP Vision
Tuesday, March 5th - 4:00pm
UNT Lyceum

As the President and CEO of VSP Vision since 2018, Michael Guyette brings three decades of experience in the healthcare industry to the world’s largest, health-focused vision benefits company with a purpose to empower human potential through sight.

Guyette oversees the company’s industry-leading businesses, which include insurance and eye care services for 85 million members, eyewear and lens offerings, as well as software and practice management solutions for a network of more than 41,000 eye doctors and nearly 950 optical retail stores. 

Over the last six years, VSP Vision has experienced purposeful and substantial growth as Guyette has led the organization through a number of transformational advancements, designed to meet the evolving needs of its stakeholders. In 2019, VSP more than doubled its global workforce through the acquisitions of Visionworks and North Carolina-based Community Eye Care and launched VSP Ventures, a business unit designed to offer care-focused solutions for private practice optometrists looking to transition their practices. In 2021, VSP acquired iCare Health Solutions, the largest integrated specialty network and eye care provider in the state of Florida and in 2022, completed the acquisition of Professional Eye Care Associates of America (PECAA) to support the continued success of independent eye doctors and staff across the country.

Prior to joining VSP Vision, Guyette served as President and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota and held senior leadership positions at Aetna, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida and Independence Blue Cross.

Outside work, Guyette serves on the board of the Greater Sacramento Economic Council, where VSP is headquartered, and is an active member of the Wall Street Journal CEO Council and the G100 Chief Executive Network. In 2020, Guyette was honored to accept the Persons of Vision Award on behalf of VSP, capping a two-decade partnership between the company’s Eyes of Hope charitable platform and the non-profit Prevent Blindness to provide access to vision care for more than 250,000 adults and children in need. 

A native of Rhode Island, Guyette holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of North Texas, and an MBA from Villanova University.

About the Distinguished Speaker Series

The G. Brint Ryan College of Business Distinguished Speaker Series provides students and faculty with an opportunity to learn from prominent executives and leaders in the business community.

Each semester, a different speaker is brought to campus to offer new perspectives and first-hand information about the complexities of the business world. Past topics have included successful management styles, possible career paths, critical industry-related issues, and qualities conducive to successful business leadership.

These lectures enhance the educational experience of students in the G. Brint Ryan College of Business, while inspiring them to seek new ways to meet the challenges of tomorrow.