People on the move … Oct. 19
Drug Store News has rounded up all the retail pharmacy comings and goings to help keep you informed. Here are this week’s announcements.
CVS Health appoints Amar Desai to lead Health Care Delivery organization
CVS Health has appointed Amar Desai as president of Health Care Delivery effective Oct. 17. He will lead the newly formed organization and will oversee implementation of key areas of the company's health services and care delivery strategy.
"This new organization will leverage the strength of the CVS Health portfolio to develop and implement payor-agnostic products and services," said CVS Health President and CEO Karen S. Lynch. "Amar's deep background in clinical delivery and value-based care will be an asset as we continue to deliver high-quality health and wellness care to our members and consumers."
Desai will oversee the company's clinical delivery strategy to support retail health, chronic disease management and behavioral health. He will report to Lynch.
Prior to joining CVS Health, Desai served as president and CEO of Optum Pacific West, where he was responsible for overseeing an integrated delivery network with more than 20,000 physicians serving 2.5 million patients. Prior to Optum, he served as president of HealthCare Partners, a value-based medical group serving over 700,000 patients.
"CVS Health is uniquely positioned to change the way that consumers receive, pay for and experience their care," Desai said. "I look forward to working with the CVS Health management team as we continue to deliver new solutions to improve outcomes for the people we serve."
Pod Foods adds 3 members to the team to support growth and national expansion
Pod Foods, a grocery B2B marketplace platform, has added three new executives to its team.
Leading the new additions is Peter Gialantzis, who previously led the growth team at KeHE, a national wholesale food distributor. Timothy Wee and Ankit Patel also join the leadership team with a breadth of relevant industry experience coming from companies like Amazon and Boxed, the company said.
Pod Foods said that as it continues to expand its national presence, its team has grown significantly from 33 employees in December 2020, to more than 70. “These new hires are bringing renowned grocery industry and technology experience to Pod Foods to promote innovation in the space and execute faster on the company vision,” the company added.
Here are the new team members:
Joining as vice president of business development, Gialantzis is fresh off a six-year stint at KeHE Distributors where he helped grow the Fresh, Exclusive Brands and E-commerce businesses. With experience at KeHE to source and implement a national scale supply chain, Peter is a perfect fit to join the Pod Foods team as it moves toward nationwide expansion and understands the need for local and regional itemization, the company said.
Wee will lead the engineering team at Pod Foods as chief technology officer. One of the company's early investors, Wee led and worked on Machine Learning teams in multiple notable Silicon Valley tech giants including Google, Amazon and Walmart Labs. His strong experience in scaling marketplace platforms and building technical infrastructure is instrumental to Pod Foods' rapid growth and competitive advantage, the company said.
Patel is the company's new COO. Previously, Ankit led vendor management teams across merchandising, marketing and supply chain in Boxed, an online wholesale retailer. He brings to Pod Foods his deep expertise and experience in CPG, wholesale commerce and scaling supply chain to support the company in an exciting time of growth, the company said.