Meet Our Team.
Meet Our Team.
Karthik Ganesh is the CEO at EmpiRx Health, the industry’s only value-based PBM, with a clinically-focused and tech-enabled approach to bending the Rx cost curve. Karthik has built EmpiRx Health into an Inc. 1000 company and certified Great Place To Work, while transforming it into a high-growth and high-innovation engine.
Karthik is a senior healthcare executive with a solid track record of comprehensively growing, transforming, and maximizing value at tech-enabled health service companies, while driving dramatic before-and-after results across all facets of the organization – growth and retention, financials, business operations, technology, and culture.
As EVP and COO of QualCare, Karthik transformed a provider-sponsored third-party administrator into a tech-enabled health services powerhouse, that specialized in powering and operating health plans, value-based shared savings models, ACOs, and joint payer-provider strategies, resulting in its acquisition by Cigna.
Prior to EmpiRx Health, Karthik was the founding operations leader of CareAllies, a Cigna subsidiary focused on value-based care enablement. His background includes leadership roles at Aetna and Express Scripts, and senior management consulting roles at Deloitte and EY. He is recognized as a thought leader on healthcare, leadership, and resilience. Karthik is a published author and has been featured in leading industry journals.
Polina Kogan is the Chief Pharmacy Officer at EmpiRx Health, driving clinical strategy-through-execution at the industry’s only value-based PBM, with a clinically-focused and tech-enabled approach to bending the Rx cost curve. In her role, Polina is revolutionizing PBM-based care management by directing the industry’s only Rx-driven population health model, that includes AI-based risk profiling and predictive modeling, deep physician engagement, and white-glove complex case management.
Polina has an outstanding track record of transforming clinical operations and building clinical strategies from the ground-up. Her 25-year career spans across PBM, health plan, hospital, and retail pharmacy.
Prior to EmpiRx Health, Polina built and led the pharmacy unit at VNSNY, a leading provider of managed services for Medicare and Medicaid plans. Polina has held leadership roles at major New York teaching hospitals and is an active member of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) serving multiple terms on AMCP Committees within her 15-year tenure. She holds a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Florida and a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from Long Island University.
Cathy Ioannidis is the Chief Customer Officer at EmpiRx Health with responsibility for orchestrating a white-glove service experience across members, clients, and benefit advisors, at the industry’s only value-based PBM, with a clinically-focused and tech-enabled approach to bending the Rx cost curve.
At EmpiRx Health, Cathy has comprehensively enhanced every facet of what it means to deliver a data-enabled, high-touch, and concierge service experience, while also ensuring a flawless transition of care and service. On her watch, EmpiRx Health has recorded stellar results across retention, customer satisfaction, and client installation quality, while also building a culture of service innovation and high-performance.
Cathy is a senior healthcare executive with 20+ years of experience across PBM ecosystems with a proven track record of building, transforming, and delivering differentiated client engagement strategies. She has led teams that have serviced both integrated (carved-in) and standalone (carved-out) plan sponsors giving her a unique perspective in an industry that continues to be conflicted by the virtues of one versus the other. Prior to EmpiRx Health, Cathy held client-facing leadership roles at Cigna and Express Scripts (formerly Medco Health Solutions). She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Muhlenberg College.
Sheit Dhaon is the Chief Financial Officer at EmpiRx Heath, the industry’s only value-based PBM with a clinically focused and tech-enabled approach to bending the Rx cost curve. Sheit is responsible for all aspects of financial strategy-through-execution, in addition to partnering with the senior management team to set the company’s strategic direction and priorities.
Sheit is a healthcare finance leader with extensive experience as CFO at businesses owned by private equity and as well as within divisions of large corporations, with revenues ranging from $100M to $1B. His record includes transforming business for long-term growth and sustained profitability across healthcare services and health-tech companies.
Sheit’s prior roles include CFO of Aetna’s Consumer Health Products division, SVP and CFO at Change Healthcare for their Technology Enabled Services division, CFO for the Commercial division at Truven Health (an IBM company), and VP of Finance at Emblem Health. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering degree and an MBA in Finance.
Dave Busch is the Chief Growth Officer at EmpiRx Health, the industry’s only value-based PBM with a clinically focused and tech-enabled approach to bending the Rx cost curve. Dave is responsible for driving all aspects of strategic business development as EmpiRx Health expands its reach to plan sponsors searching for a differentiated pharmacy benefits management experience that is steeped in financial, clinical, and service value.
Dave is a seasoned healthcare executive with over 25 years of experience as a transformative sales leader, developing and driving innovative go-to-market strategies across a variety of healthcare segments.
Prior to EmpiRx Health, Dave was the SVP and Chief Sales Officer at HealthNow (BCBS of Western NY), President of the Employer and Health Plan divisions at ValueOptions (now Beacon Health Options), and the Director of National Accounts Sales at Premera Blue Cross (WA and AK). Dave holds a BA in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles. Outside of work, Dave serves on the TIFFT Nature Preserve board and chairs the board of the Buffalo Museum of Science.
Brylee Tashman is Chief People Officer at EmpiRx Health, where she leads the company’s efforts to attract, develop, and retain the best talent, in addition to being responsible for employee engagement, compensation and benefits, and facilities. Brylee’s overarching goal is to create an environment and culture that promotes diversity, inclusion, innovation, and support.
Brylee is an accomplished HR leader, with a proven track record of recruiting top talent, streamlining HR processes, and driving the creation of an engaged workforce, with the analytics discipline to ensure any people-oriented transformation can be measured. While Brylee’s experience in HR stems from having worked with successful small- and mid-sized organizations across multiple industries, she has a broad background that includes marketing, advertising and communications. Brylee holds a Bachelor of Communications and is PHR certified.
Vivek Dabke is the Chief Information Officer at EmpiRx Health, responsible for technology strategy-through-execution and digital innovation, at the industry’s only value-based PBM, with a clinically-focused and tech-enabled approach to bending the Rx cost curve.
Vivek is a senior IT leader with extensive experience in managing technology organizations and large-scale digital transformations across Fortune 500 and mid-sized organizations, while significantly improving the customer experience across external and internal stakeholders.
Vivek’s background includes senior technology leadership roles at Cigna, QualCare (a Cigna Co.), and Pfizer. Vivek has also successfully built and led a boutique IT consulting firm specializing in Big Data analytics, technology delivery, digital transformation, and cloud migrations, that provided solutions and services across a broad spectrum of industries. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical engineering.
Rebecca McDonald is Vice President of Marketing and Communications at EmpiRx Health, the industry’s only value-based PBM with a clinically focused and tech-enabled approach to bending the Rx cost curve. Rebecca is responsible for driving an omni-channel brand transformation, from strategy-to-execution, to effectively showcase EmpiRx Health’s value proposition as a category creator.
Rebecca is a senior marketing leader with extensive experience building and transforming brands, expanding market reach, and driving market-leading business KPIs for Fortune 500 and high-growth companies. Her experience spans marketing disciplines including digital, social, CRM, brand, PR, loyalty, customer experience, analytics, and media.
Rebecca has held leadership roles at Ogilvy and Publicis Sapient, where she built and ran high-performing, cross-discipline marketing teams for some for the world’s largest global B2B and B2C brands. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom.
Hope Gong is Vice President of Strategic Operations at EmpiRx Health, with responsibility for enterprise risk management, analytics, and operating governance at the industry’s only value-based PBM with a clinically focused and tech-enabled approach to bending the Rx cost curve.
Hope has over 10 years of experience in the healthcare industry, serving in product management, sales, client management, and operational roles at high-growth companies. Hope’s functional breadth and deep understanding of the pharmacy benefits ecosystem enables her to seamlessly connect the dots between organizational strategy and execution. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Barnard College, Columbia University.
Robert Finch is Vice President of Underwriting at EmpiRx Health, the industry’s only value-based PBM with a clinically focused and tech-enabled approach to bending the Rx cost curve. In this role, Rob is responsible for driving pricing and underwriting for a market-differentiated, risk-bearing, pay-for-performance business model.
Robert is a senior healthcare finance & underwriting leader with extensive leadership experience at companies of varying sizes, with a proven track record of delivering significant value from a financial and risk management standpoint. His background includes divisional finance and underwriting leadership roles at ADP and Express Scripts. Robert has a Bachelor of Science and an MBA in Finance.
Lisa Mast is Senior Vice President of Go-To-Market Operations at EmpiRx Health, the industry’s only value-based PBM with a clinically focused and tech-enabled approach to bending the Rx cost curve. She leads the delivery of EmpiRx Health’s market-readiness strategies and growth-related operations.
Prior to EmpiRx Health, Lisa held extensive leadership roles at CareCentrix, Conversio Health, Anthem, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Her business-operations acumen across clinical product management, business development, and operational execution yielded significant and sustainable outcomes throughout those organizations. Lisa holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Johnson & Wales University and an MBA from the University of Delaware.
Nilanjan Chakravorty is Senior Vice President of Engineering at EmpiRx Health, the industry’s only value-based PBM with a clinically focused and tech-enabled approach to bending the Rx cost curve. Nilanjan is responsible for leading all aspects of technology architecture and delivery, including the enablement of a cloud-native digital footprint.
Nilanjan brings a security-first mindset and an excellent track record of delivering solutions across a wide spectrum of technologies, including systems integration, process automation, information management and cloud-based digital transformations.
Prior to EmpiRx Health, Nilanjan held extensive leadership roles at QualCare (a Cigna company) and Pacific Global Advisors (a subsidiary of Pacific Life Insurance Co.), driving end-to-end technology solutions and digital innovation. Nilanjan has a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Calcutta University (India).
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