American Well hires CFO, Amazon hires noted cardiologist, and more digital health hires and departures

By Jonah Comstock
09:30 am

American Well has hired Keith W. Anderson as its new chief financial officer. Anderson comes to American Well via Piper Jaffrey, where he served as managing director and a member of the healthcare investment banking team.

"I'm pleased to welcome Keith onboard," Ido Schoenberg, chairman and CEO of American Well, said in a statement. "He has an exceptional track record of advising leading healthcare companies in transformational transactions and his strong leadership skills, M&A expertise, and deep knowledge of both healthcare and finance make him a fantastic addition to the American Well team."


Dr. Maulik Majmudar has left his position as associate director of Massachusetts General Hospital's Healthcare Transformation Lab to join Amazon's burgeoning healthcare efforts. Majmudar announced the news on his Twitter, saying "[t]he one and only reason I am taking on this opportunity, is the possibility of making a truly meaningful impact on the health and wellbeing of hundreds of millions of individuals throughout the world".


Lisa Suennen has moved on from her role of senior managing director of GE Ventures, CNBC reports. The healthcare angel investor was in this position for less than two years, and declined to comment on the reason for her departure aside from that it was time for her to "find a new adventure."


Blink Health, which makes an app and online tool for helping consumers find low prices for medications, has announced a slew of executive hires headlined by the appointment of Kurt Sauer as chief information security officer. Sauer is a seasoned executive with positions at Salesforce and Skype on his record. 

Other recent hires include Bill O'Donnell as EVP, head of engineering; Mark Diffley as VP, head of finance; Michael Nameth as EVP, cloud and specialty pharmacy; Susan Lang as chief strategy officer; Robert Birge as EVP of product and chief marketing officer; and Rochelle DiRe as chief people officer.

“Our new leadership team represents the best talent in several fields critical to our success, including pharmaceuticals, e-commerce and technology,” Blink Health cofounder and CEO Geoffrey Chaiken said in a statement. “With proven track records of delivering strong results, I am pleased to have these experienced executives working to make sure all Americans have access to the medications they need.”


Patty Kumbera, a pharmacy industry veteran with particular experience in medication therapy management, has joined PrescribeWellness as its new chief operating officer. PrescribeWellness offers patient engagement and medication adherence software tools to pharmacies.

"The change from dispensing fees to value-based reimbursement is happening rapidly. Health plans and other payers throughout the country have already developed new payment models. Our pharmacies need to prepare now. Patty is the most qualified leader in the country to assure the PrescribeWellness nationwide network of pharmacies are prepared to embrace a patient-centric approach and maximize new payments" CEO Al Babbington said in a statement. "We are thrilled to have Patty join the executive team at this transformative period for pharmacy."


Chronic disease-focused health platform Liva Healthcare has tapped Thomas Cooke as its UK clinical services manager. Liva Healthcare is currently running the NHS Healthier You Diabetes Prevention Program pilot and Cooke will support that project.

"Tom has a deep desire to improve the lives of others. His significant experience in supporting employee wellbeing means he is the perfect candidate to oversee new program design and our health coaches as they help patients make healthy lifestyle changes. It’s an excellent time for Tom to join the team as we start to expand with new customers and reach the halfway point of the NHS: DPP digital pilot with patients showing fantastic results already," Liva Healthcare Managing Director Simon Pickup said in a statement. "Tom will help Liva expand in the UK during the next vital period of growth for the organization. I look forward to working with Tom as we continue to on-board pre-diabetic patients to our program, helping people prevent and reverse chronic lifestyle diseases."


Medical device company BioSig Technologies has tapped Johnson and Johnson veteran Amy Ansfield Scott to help with key opinion leader engagement ahead of the company's US launch of its PURE EP system.

“An experienced and passionate leader like Amy is an invaluable addition to our team," Chairman and CEO Kenneth Londoner said in a statement. "Her expertise in building successful physician relationships and the depth of her marketing knowledge can significantly benefit our effort to launch and expand our clinical operations following our 510(k) clearance."


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