21 top execs that have recently left Optum

In 2023, 21 top executives previously with UnitedHealth Group's Optum have announced retirement or new positions with companies across the country.

Editor's note: This article was updated Dec. 13 and will continue to be updated in 2023.

  1. Optum Health's VP of technology strategy, architecture, and innovation, Dan Farrah, was named CIO at Duquesne Light Company in December.

  2. Optum's SVP of sales and account management for its behavioral division, Steven Schultz, was named COO at care coordination platform One Call in December.

  3. Optum Insight's chief architect, Don Johnson, was named head of digital innovation at virtual mental care provider Charlie Health in November.

  4. Optum's SVP and OptumCare leader in Washington state, William Krenz, was named SVP of government programs at Cambia Health Solutions in October.
  5. Optum's VP of analytics engagement and strategy, Saurabh Bhargava, was named VP of data science at DataLink in October.

  6. Optum's CEO of payment integrity, Cheryl Knaught, retired in October after seven years with the company.

  7. Optum's CEO of behavioral health solutions, Trip Hofer, left the company in September and was named CEO of investment portfolio company, Redox.

  8. Optum Insight CEO Neil de Crescenzo, former CEO of Change Healthcare, left the company in September.

  9. Optum Ireland CEO Padraig Monaghan said in September he is retiring after more than 20 years at UnitedHealth Group and nearly eight years as CEO.

  10. Optum Everycare CEO Kristi Henderson, DNP, was named CEO of Confluent Health in July, a family of physical and occupational therapy companies.

  11. Optum's Senior Director Of Process Improvement/Program Management in its behavioral division, Jack Hallmark, was named VP of plan operations at Providence Health Plan in July.

  12. Optum Virtual Care and MedExpress CEO Kristi Henderson was named CEO of Confluent Health in June.

  13. Optum's President and COO John Prince left the company in June and was appointed to the board of directors of MultiPlan, a healthcare analytics and revenue analysis company.

  14. Optum's Chief Consumer Officer Kathy Weiler became EVP and chief commercial and growth officer at telehealth company Amwell in June.

  15. Optum Health's SVP and Chief AI Officer Dennis Chornenky was named chief AI adviser at Sacramento, Calif.-based UC Davis Health in June. 

  16. Optum Health's SVP of Strategy and Transformation Jessica Kral was named CIO at digital health company Modivcare in June.

  17. Optum Home and Community's Chief Medical Officer Michael Le, MD, joined physician-led public benefit company WelbeHealth in May.

  18. Optum Rx's Home Infusion Division COO Jason McCarthy, PharmD, became chief pharmacy officer at Grand Rapids and Southfield, Mich.-based Corewell Health in May.

  19. Optum's VP of Enterprise Data and Analytics David Frankenfield was named chief data and analytics officer at Amplify Health Asia in April.

  20. Optum's Chief Administrative Officer for its physician group in Ohio and Indiana, Nick Snoply, was named CAO at GuideWell subsidiary PopHealthCare in March.

  21. Optum's CFO of Care Solutions Elaine Birkemeyer joined in-home care technology company Tactile Medical as its new CFO in March.

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