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Adam Gnesin

Adam Gnesin

Finance & Accounting Executive

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Adam is currently managing Operational Accounting at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan. Proactive and goal-oriented leader with extensive accounting, financial and operations experience.

Expert in both strategic development and tactical execution of controller organization functions, inclusive of change management, people, and team development. Articulate communicator, who quickly and effectively establishes cross-functional relationship and teams to respond to rapidly changing environments to achieve corporate strategies.

Alan Hughes

Alan Hughes

CIO, COO and Corporate Officer

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Alan Hughes has over 30 years’ experience leveraging technology to drive business change.  He has extensive experience in healthcare having served as CIO and COO at Blue Cross North Carolina and Group President of NTT Data Healthcare where he lead over 15,000 team members globally and managed over $1.2 Billion annual revenue across Health Plans, Providers and Life Sciences.

Earlier in his career he led IT and business operations teams at GE, American Express and Deutsche bank.  He has driven business transformations, re-structuring and has been involved in three multibillion-dollar acquisitions. Alan earned a BS in Biology from The State University, New York and his MBA from Stern School at NYU.

Chad Johnson

Chad Johnson

Procurement Executive

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Chad is currently working as the Chief Procurement Officer at Humana and provides long term planning, strategy development and execution of procurement activities across the enterprise including category management and sourcing, purchase to pay, vendor management, contracting, print production, and compliance to policies and regulations.
Fausto Mercado

Fausto Mercado

Senior Executive

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Strategic and solutions-driven leader with diverse experience across a variety of industries including travel, hospitality, restaurants, retail, transportation, and manufacturing.

Most recently was Head of Global Sourcing at Carlson Wagonlit Travel.  History of success reducing spend and optimizing cost by implementing new and innovative strategies.  Creative global mindset with a strong business acumen and experience in multicultural environments

Himanshu Arora

Himanshu Arora

Data and Analytics Executive

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Himanshu Arora is chief data and analytics officer for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, the largest private health plan in Massachusetts and one of the largest independent, not-for-profit Blue Cross Blue Shield plans in the country. BCBSMA serves 2.8 million members and is rated among the nation’s best health plans for overall member satisfaction and quality. 

Himanshu is responsible for aligning BCBSMA’s corporate strategy with the delivery of Enterprise Data and Analytics across the company. He and his team help identify ways to improve the consumer experience, health care quality and plan affordability by working collaboratively with business areas focused on our accounts, plan, providers, and members to ensure critical data drives business-oriented decision making. Before joining BCBSMA in 2018, he worked at Health Care Service Corp., where he led Data and Analytics Strategy and Governance. Previously, he served as Vice President for Predictive Analytics at Zurich Insurance Group and held senior leadership positions at both UnitedHealthcare and Deloitte Consulting. 

Himanshu has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Delhi and received a master’s degree in information systems management from Carnegie Mellon University.

James Kadela

James Kadela

Senior Operations, and Finance Executive

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Strategic and innovative senior operations and finance executive and top corporate officer with a demonstrated track record of achievement in financial planning and analysis, budgeting and forecasting, project and portfolio management, merger/acquisition integration, supply chain, change management, operations/call center management, and process improvement.

Over 25 years of experience with Health Care Service Corporation, with the last 6 years serving as Senior Vice President Finance and Controller where I was responsible for managing a $5 billion administrative expense budget as well as leading our Finance Transformation efforts.  Lead a multi-year cost reduction initiative that resulted in over $1 billion of annual run-rate savings.  Serve as a business partner and trusted advisor to senior leadership.

Jim Emmons

Jim Emmons

Finance Executive

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Jim Emmons has 25 years of experience in the health insurance industry and was most recently the Vice President of Financial Strategy at Blue Cross North Carolina.  JIm’s roles at Blue Cross NC have included financial planning & analysis, corporate planning, resource management/planning, business process engineering, real estate, strategic sourcing/procurement, user acceptance testing and data strategy/warehousing,

He has led several transformational programs that include: the reduction of operating expenses off projected baseline spend of about $500 million over ten years; the consolidation of real estate holdings into a single 650,000 square foot campus for the Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill area; the development of the company’s first data warehouse; and, while serving as President of the Blue Cross NC Credit Union, led the merger of this credit union into the North Carolina State Employees’ Credit Union (the 2nd largest in the United States based on assets under management). Jim has a Bachelors of Science in Business and Management from the University of Maryland and a MBA from Arizona State University with an emphasis in Finance and Accounting.

Marcelo Camara

Marcelo Camara

Marketing Executive & Entrepreneur

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With International marketing and brand management experience working with companies like Unilever, Nokia and CWT, Marcelo Camara is a technology savvy business and marketing executive.

Entrepreneur, creative, versatile, and innovative leader with a track record of turning plans into concrete, high-performing realities. Experience developing and executing go-to-market plans for SaaS platforms, including targeted paid advertising, SEO, social media, and content marketing. In his last role as Vice President, Marketing at CWT, he was leading teams across marketing communication, events, products, customers, and pursuit marketing. With proven expertise in digital marketing and sales enablement, integrating Martech solutions to support customer lifecycle engagement, he can deliver measurable positive results in a variety of business and market environments. He is a Chemical Engineer with MBA in Marketing from Brazil.

Nicolette Bran

Nicolette Bran

Executive Leader, Growth and Operations

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Nicolette has extensive experience in healthcare having served as Vice President in Operations, Account Management, clinical operations with Meridian and Medical Management Inc. She is currently leading strategic engagements at Optum, A United Health Group Company.

She is an inspirational leader, promoting new perspectives in the collaborative creation and execution of strategic initiatives in health care delivery and benefits administration to drive large scale improvements through innovation and genuine relationships with domain in Value Based Care, Population Health Management, Operations and Administrative Effectiveness, Quality, Analytics and Care delivery. She is a coach, mentor and a board director.

Patrick Getzen

Patrick Getzen

Board Member, Actuary, Data & Analytics Executive

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Patrick Getzen has more than 20 years of experience in the health insurance industry.  Currently in his role at Blue Cross NC, Getzen focuses on data quality, stewardship, and governance, as well as analytics enablement for the company.

A graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore, with a degree in Mathematics, Getzen is also a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, as well as a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries. Getzen applies his dedication to professional excellence to community involvement as well.  An advocate for improving lives through better health, education, personal development and leadership, his community involvement centers on these key aspects.  He serves as Board Member for Appalachian State University’s Walker College of Business Advisory Council, Blue Health Intelligence, GNS Healthcare, and IBM Watson Health Payor Advisory Board.

At Blue Cross NC, his technology-focused teams ensure the company’s actions are efficient and information-driven to run our business, collaborate with health care providers, and serve our customers. Getzen previously served as Vice President and Chief Actuary for Blue Cross NC. His responsibilities included pricing for individual customers and employers, valuation, underwriting, product development support, and financial planning support.

Roy Sailor

Roy Sailor

Business Leader

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Roy is a business leader with experience providing investment strategy, market development, business development, and strategic partnership advisory services to startup and early stage technology companies.

 

With over 30 years of leadership experience serving in operational, technology, and business development roles.  Roy has a strong track record of working with high-growth, high-intensity companies to exceed business, client, and financial objectives.  These companies include UnitedHealth Group’s Optum, Computer Sciences Corp, Perot Systems, First Consulting Group and EDS.  Roy also helped start a healthcare technology and services company that saw tremendous growth and was then sold to a public company.

Samantha Johnson

Samantha Johnson

Business & Transformation Executive

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Samantha is currently working as the SVP and Director managing the contact center team at First Citizens Bank. Prior to that she spent many years at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina leading their EPMO and Transformation office and various Operations Leadership roles.

She is a versatile Executive highly adept at leading organizations through rapid change. Proven track record of measurable success across several industries and business domains. Known for building inclusive and adaptive teams that thrive through change, exceeding business goals. Excellent communicator, collaborative, intuitive, known thought leader and proven advisor.

Sarvesh K. Goorha

Sarvesh K. Goorha

Corporate Director

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Sarvesh Kumar Goorha is an entrepreneur, Technology Leader, Corporate Director and Business/Start-up coach. He has 40 years of experience with global Companies in IT Strategies, BPM, Education, Telecom and manufacturing segments.

As CEO and Principal Mentor of IndiaMentors , he is advising entrepreneurs at IITs and other leading Engineering and Business schools in India, Europe and USA. He was instrumental in building the strategy/framework for Incubation center/s at Indian Institute of Technology ( IIT) and IIIT under the Start-up India program of the Government of India. He also Chaired the steering committee for evaluating start-up projects and helped them through the project initiation, business planning, funding and development phases.

He is also advising large Corporations on Strategy, adoption of Blockchain and managing related information risks, IoT technology for next generation of applications, Data Security/Privacy, Corporate Compliances, Cyber security and Big Data Analytics.

Prior to this, he was the Promoter Director and the Chief Executive Officer of Computer Aided Learning Systems Limited, a pioneer in developing multilingual computers in the World. This was one of his early entrepreneurial projects in 1984, after a successful work stint at managerial positions in DCM/Shriram Group.

He has also held senior positions with large multinational Companies.  He was CTO/ CSO of EXL Service Inc. (earlier a subsidiary of Conseco Corp, USA).  He has served on the board of Data Access India Pvt. Ltd, a joint venture of Hong Kong Telecom/ PCCW. Sarvesh is also a Promoter and member of the Board of Directors of Auditel Expense Management P. Ltd, a telecom expense management and predictive analytics Company. He has successfully built the strategy and implemented ISO-27001 Information security framework at many International Companies.

Sarvesh was the Chairman of the export committee for the Manufacturer’s Association of Information Technology (MAIT) and a member of the IT and Telecom committees of the Government of India. He worked closely with the Govt. and Industry to promote software and services exports from India. He was a founding member and the Chairman of the

Indo-European Business Development Council, European Union (EU).

An alumnus of School of Management, BHU, India he is a guest faculty at IITs and other leading Management Institutions in India and abroad. He has been mentoring and coaching senior management personnel in various countries.. He has also served on the Academic Councils of  well known Universities. He has published several papers and is a regular speaker at Global conferences. He has been conferred with several awards including a Distinguished Alumni from the Business School.

Shahid Alam

Shahid Alam

CIO, CDO, Chief Analytics Officer

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Shahid is a transformational technology, data, and analytics leader whose vision and innovations help reinvent companies and power competitive advantage. His ability to create state-of-the-art organizations and high-performance teams fuels business and digital transformations that elevate company performance.

In his last role as Senior Vice President, Chief Analytics Officer and CIO at a major Blue Cross Blue Shield Health Plan Shahid helped reinvent the company and enhance its market position with game-changing products and services.

Prior to Blue Cross, Shahid built and led Centene’s best in class Data Science organization helping to patent new product offerings, increase revenue (+$60B) and grow membership through acquisition (+12M).

Shahid is actively supporting a multi-million dollar healthcare company as well as a leading healthcare data-analytics organization. He currently serves on the Board of Second Harvest Heartland, one of the nation’s largest and innovative hunger-relief organizations and is a member of the International Society of Chief Data Officers, Twin Cities CIO and HIMSS.

“Data science is set to become a game-changer in the public and private spheres. CORE’s expertise in this field helps clients leverage AI/ML to achieve innovative results and stronger outcomes.”

Srini Karra

Srini Karra

Data, Analytics & Business Transformation Leader

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Srini has more than 25 years of experience in Insurance, Finance and Healthcare industries. In his current role as Vice President, Operations at Centene Advanced Behavioral Health, he leads strategy execution, business integration and transformation with additional focus on business intelligence and analytics. He has a proven track record of leading successful strategic initiatives aimed at business integration, unit cost reduction and improving customer experience at companies like Optum, Universal American, John Hancock, Manulife Financial and CSC.

He has led innovation in the domain of Utilization & Population Health Management, Contact Centers, Claims, Eligibility/Enrollment, Appeals & Grievances. With a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from India, an MBA from University of Massachusetts, and is actively working on his PhD dissertation at School of Public Health, University of Texas. He is also a member of American College of Healthcare Executives progressing towards earning the Fellowship stature.

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