Optum co-creator named COO of Amazon, Berkshire, JPMorgan venture


The healthcare venture launched by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase picked a former Comcast and Optum executive to be its COO.

The venture, led by CEO Atul Gawande, MD, selected Jack Stoddard to fill the COO position beginning Sept. 4, sources familiar with the matter told CNBC. Mr. Stoddard most recently served as Comcast's general manager for digital health.

Mr. Stoddard was part of the executive team that created Optum, now a subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group. Mr. Stoddard was also a co-founder of health benefit solution Accolade. Accolade is a Comcast Ventures-backed startup.

On June 20, Amazon, JPMorgan and Berkshire Hathaway selected Dr. Gawande, a surgeon at Boston-based Brigham and Women's Hospital and contributor to The New Yorker, to lead their healthcare company. Warren Buffett, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, told Bloomberg Television Aug. 30 that Dr. Gawande will be hiring a small team for the venture.

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