Outcome Health COO Vivek Kundra resigns amid speculation employees misled advertisers

Vivek Kundra resigned from his role as COO of Outcome Health, a Chicago-based tech and advertising startup, Nov. 3, the company's founder and CEO Rishi Shah confirmed in an online statement Nov. 6.

Mr. Kundra, who joined Outcome Health as the company's executive vice president of provider solutions in January, was promoted to the COO role in July, fewer than four months before his resignation. Prior to joining Outcome Health, he served as the executive vice president of Salesforce and as federal CIO under the Obama administration.

News of Mr. Kundra's resignation coincides with reports indicating a number of advertisers have pulled "tens of millions of dollars in healthcare ads from Outcome Health," according to the Chicago Tribune. In October, The Wall Street Journal published an investigation alleging a subset of employees at Outcome Health manipulated pricing and sales information to mislead pharmaceutical advertisers.

In his statement, Mr. Shah said Mr. Kundra's resignation was a "personal decision." "We spoke at great length, and despite his departure, Vivek continues to believe in the long-term vision for Outcome Health," Mr. Shah wrote in the statement. "We are deeply grateful for his contributions over this past year, and he will be missed."

Mr. Shah also said the company is in the process of reviewing 250-plus advertising campaigns from this year as part of a third-party audit. He noted Outcome Health added "several million dollars of new business, working with clients across pharma as well as medical device and lifestyle brands" in recent weeks.

To access Mr. Shah's statement, click here.

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