National Vision, Inc., has announced the planned retirement of Bruce Steffey (pictured), president and COO, effective September 1. Jeff McAllister, a senior vice president at Walmart and 19-year Walmart veteran, will succeed Steffey as COO.
Steffey's career has included more than 30 years of specialty retail experience in both jewelry and optical. He has served as National Vision’s COO since October 2002 and president since 2012.
“For all of us at National Vision, working with Bruce has been a complete and utter joy. Bruce is one of those rare leaders who demands and gets the best results out of people while concurrently both supporting and inspiring them,” says Reade Fahs, CEO of National Vision, Inc. “Bruce has been a great partner to me, the Board and our entire team. Bruce’s presence will be deeply missed by all of us at National Vision.”
“Reade, Bruce and the entire team have built an associate and optometrist-centered, mission-driven organization that exists to make eye care and eyewear more affordable to its patients and customers,” says McAllister. “I am excited to be able to contribute to the Company’s continued success.”
McAllister joined Walmart in 1998 as vice president of Logistics Engineering and Planning, and he has since served in a variety of supply chain and operations. He led operations for Walmart’s Health and Wellness Group and for Walmart’s Texas Division.
National Vision, Inc. is one of the largest optical retail companies in the U.S. with 962 stores. It operates five retail divisions: America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses, Eyeglass World, Vision Centers inside select Walmart stores, Vista Opticals inside Fred Meyer and on select military bases.