Roundup of notable digital health hires: PatientsLikeMe, Kindara, Vitals

By Aditi Pai
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PatientsLikeMe has hired Joy Morel as the company’s SVP of Marketing, Patient Engagement and Business Intelligence. Morel previously worked for Verisign, where she was the senior director of global branding, advertising and creative services. She has also worked for TomTom/Tele Atlas and AOL. Morel will report to Michael Evers, who was recently promoted to EVP of marketing, technology, and operations: “Joy’s leadership will help ensure we expand our reach so we can ultimately help millions of people track their health, learn about living with disease and connect with others for information and support,” Evers said.

Quintiles, a company that helps pharmaceutical companies improve clinical trials, named Dave Tripi as its vice president of global operations. Tripi has worked at various Johnson & Johnson subsidiaries for at least 20 years. He most recently worked for Janssen Healthcare Innovation.

Kindara, a fertility tracking company, announced that Denise Franklin, previously the VP of Revenue for SendGrid, would be Kindara’s CEO. Will Sacks, the company’s existing CEO, will be VP of Product for Kindara. “Denise is a proven leader with scale-up skills, business vision, and the ability to bring people together,” Sacks said. “Her vision for how technology and healthcare will be used and experienced around the world is exactly what Kindara needs as the company enters its next chapter of expanded product innovation and growth.”

Vitals has appointed Christopher Henchey as its vice president of SmartShopper Operations. Vitals’ SmartShopper product enables health plans and employers to message consumers, track payments, launch marketing campaigns, and view analytics. Before Vitals, Henchey served as an executive consultant to the NCTIO Leadership Team at BCBS North Carolina. Prior to his position at BCBC North Carolina, Henchey was the vice president and executive leader of the Shield Advance Program at Blue Shield of California.