Sharecare, Breathometer hire Apple vets and more digital health hires and departures

By Jonah Comstock

Sharecare has hired two new executives with impressive credentials: John Solomon, who formerly served as vice president of enterprise and government at Apple, will join the company in a strategic advisory role and Dale Rayman, a 27-year Towers Watson vet who also served as chief actuary at Zipongo, will join Sharecare as SVP of actuarial consulting and business development.

“John’s proven experience in achieving above-market revenue growth as a key executive at technology leaders like Apple and HP, and Dale’s expertise in actuarial analytics and behavioral economics will help Sharecare meet its goals to accelerate the delivery and impact of our platform across a larger, more diverse customer base,” Jeff Arnold, founder, chairman and CEO of Sharecare, said in a statement. “We are excited to welcome John and Dale to our team as we deploy our comprehensive solution to enterprises, specifically large employers and payers, solving their need to efficiently leverage technology to make their populations healthier, happier and more productive.”

Breathometer, the Mark Cuban-backed startup working on breath sensors for health, also announced the addition of a former Apple team member to its ranks. Val Valentine, who designed the first smart iPhone battery and developed state-of-the-art smart battery systems for Apple’s portable products as a senior manager at Apple, has joined Breathometer as director of hardware engineering. The company also announced the hire of Gary Kaplan as its new chief operating officer. Kaplan is a 25-year medical technology executive who started at Medtronic and has gone on to a number of other med tech companies. 

“We founded Breathometer because we are committed to creating innovative products that help improve customer health and quality of life. Both Gary and Val will help us accomplish that goal,” Breathometer Founder and CEO Charles Michael Yim said in a statement. "Both of them bring maturity, experience, and vision to our team and I am proud to work closely with them to deliver for our customers.”

Jim Bradley, who has served variously as CIO at UnitedHealthcare, chief technologist at McKesson, and CEO at RxHub before it merged with SureScripts, is the new chairman of the board at Apixio, a healthcare data science company.

“There is no doubt that cognitive computing, machine learning and advanced analytics are important components to the future of healthcare,” Bradley said in a statement. “Using these technologies, Apixio has made significant inroads into the risk adjustment industry and has established technology-based chart review and coding as a viable and productive way of doing business. I believe Apixio is well-positioned to have a significant impact and help create real value out of healthcare's treasure trove of unstructured data -- and I'm thrilled to help fuel that change."

DexCom’s Chief Financial Officer Jess Roper is retiring, CEO Kevin Sayer announced on the company’s Q4 earnings call. Taking his place as interim CFO will be Kevin Sun, who currently serves as VP of Finance. 

“We wish Jess the best and thank him for his many important contributions over the past several years,” Sayer said on the call. “Jess has helped us scale through our period of tremendous growth and has assembled a very capable team.”