Leadership Team

Doug Williams

Chief Executive Officer

Professional background

Doug Williams focuses on driving value for clients through continual advancements in solutions to the market and the internal capabilities of the organizations he’s led. He was CEO of iHealth Technologies when it was founded in 2001 and now carries on his leadership at the helm of Cotiviti. Doug also held strategic positions at Magellan Specialty Health, Vivra and CIGNA Healthcare.

In his own words

Cotiviti is an investment in the future we share with our clients. It affirms our ability to collaborate with healthcare payers and retailers to deliver solutions that maximize their profitability and operating performance. It also represents our ability to continue to grow, offer opportunities to our employees and deliver meaningful value to our clients – under one unified corporate brand name. I am proud to be part of the team at Cotiviti and look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues to ensure that we remain at the forefront of the industries we serve.


Bradley Ferguson

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Professional background

Brad Ferguson joined Cotiviti in 2017 after holding senior operational and finance roles at EarthLink, Inc. Brad brings to Cotiviti more than 25 years of leadership in finance and corporate development, with an extensive background in financial planning and operations, management and strategy. As Executive Vice President, Corporate Development and Managing Director, Consumer & Small Business for EarthLink, Inc. (prior to its acquisition in early 2017), he led all merger and acquisition efforts. Prior to that, Brad served as EarthLink’s Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer for six years, and in various other senior financial positions. He began his career as an accountant with Arthur Anderson, LLP and holds a degree in Accounting from the University of Georgia, an MBA from Emory University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

In his own words

Cotiviti has a strong corporate culture focused on driving value for our clients through ever-evolving analytical solutions. I am excited to be part of the Cotiviti team, and to help lead the Company as we continue to build on our momentum and leadership in the industry.


Steve Adegbite

Senior Vice President, Chief Security Officer

Professional background

Steve is a leading expert in information security, building his 18-year career at some of the world’s most security-driven enterprises and organizations.  This included advising the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, where he provided assistance to the Secretary and the rest of the department as an appointed member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC). Before joining Cotiviti in 2017, Steve implemented successful strategic security programs at E*TRADE, Wells-Fargo, Lockheed Martin, Adobe Systems, and Microsoft Corporation. Prior to that, he served eight years in the U.S. Marine Corps as an Officer in Communication Information System & Signal Intelligence roles. Steve is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Project Management Professional (PMP).

In his own words

Protecting and securing are a passion of mine. I like to bring to bear innovative and creative solutions to the complex space of Information and physical security. Cotiviti’s unique solutions and rapid innovations allow me to continually apply my security expertise in the one of the most challenging but rewarding environments, in an impactful and meaningful way to Cotiviti and our clients.


Michael Axt

Senior Vice President, Solutions Development, Marketing and Strategy

Professional background

Michael’s area of responsibilities at Cotiviti include enterprise strategy, as well as, solutions development and solutions marketing.  Michael’s broad experience across the entire healthcare value chain helps him understand relationships and interdependencies between industry stakeholders, including payers, providers and suppliers. For several years, he consulted in the healthcare practice at Bain & Company before joining Medtronic’s Spine and Biologics division. There, he held leadership roles in U.S. sales operations and strategic planning, as well as global commercial finance.  Throughout his career, Michael has focused on setting and executing the future direction and strategic priorities of healthcare companies.

In his own words

Cotiviti is in a great position to deliver value to our clients across the claims and payment continuum.  I am excited about the impact that I can have within Cotiviti to define that strategic and solution direction and prioritization to meet our clients’ critical needs.


David Beaulieu

Chief Operations Officer

Professional background

Dave leads our operations and analytics teams as they carry out their commitment to deliver solutions and services to our clients. He joined our company in 2010, bringing a wealth of healthcare industry knowledge and experience. Dave held senior operational and reengineering positions at CIGNA Healthcare before moving on to other roles, including leading government business consulting at First Consulting Group. He also served as operations leader at Amisys-Synertech and headed business and solutions development at DST Health Solutions.

In his own words

Cotiviti is about driving performance and continuous improvement. Our team works diligently to increase the value we deliver to our clients. Client trust is a privilege we must constantly earn by executing well and delivering what we promise.


Damien Creavin

Chief Information Officer

Professional background

Damien is the company’s principal technologist, bringing diverse experience from a career that spans three widely varied industries: Healthcare, Media and Electronics. He has held C-level positions at Emdeon, Primedia and Time Inc. He worked in software development and engineering, holding positions at global enterprises such as AIT (a Hitachi Chemical company), PCK Technology, General Electric and ICI in the UK.

In his own words

One of the benefits of having worked in three different industry domains is the opportunity to learn from the different ways they evolve: from explosive growth, to disintermediation and on to the possibilities for dramatic transformation.


Tad Kendall

Senior Vice President, Go-to-Market and Sales

Professional background

Tad’s career is focused on enhancing healthcare clients’ financial and operational performance through technology-based business solutions. He joined the Cotiviti team in August 2015, taking on responsibility for client relationships, customer satisfaction and sales growth. Prior to this, Tad held several senior management positions at CSC, building and managing go-to-market teams to spur worldwide growth in their healthcare business. He was also involved in healthcare-related strategic sales leadership work at HP Enterprise Services, the Marquam Group, Convansys and the Claremont Technology Group.

In his own words

Cotiviti gave me the opportunity to bring together my healthcare, client management and sales experience to help build a dynamic, fast-growing organization focused on unlocking value for our clients. My work puts me in a unique place to be the voice of our clients, deriving insight into their payment accuracy objectives and challenges. This unique viewpoint enables us to create value-based client partnerships that benefit from innovative solutions across the payment accuracy continuum.


Tony Massanelli

Senior Vice President, Global Retail
President, Connolly Division

Professional background

As the leader of the Global Retail team at Connolly, the Cotiviti division dedicated to the retail industry, Tony focuses on strategic growth, relationship building and systems analysis. He joined the company in 1997 and has expertise in auditing and audit support across both retail and healthcare. Formerly a Regional Vice President, and most recently an initiative leader within the Program Management Office (PMO) function, Tony is thoroughly versed in all aspects of client services and operations.

In his own words

One thing about our approach that I really like is the way we tailor our delivery to the needs of our clients. Each audit is unique. When selecting a team, we look for experience in the same industry vertical, comparable retail characteristics and a similar degree of complexity. It’s that partnering aspect that helps our clients achieve profitable growth.


Jon Olefson

Senior Vice President, General Counsel

Professional background

Jon oversees all legal, compliance, regulatory, risk management and corporate governance matters across Cotiviti. In addition, he leads the company’s corporate and government affairs efforts. Prior to joining our company, Jon spent nine years at Cognizant Technology Solutions as the general counsel for corporate governance and securities matters, corporate development, intellectual property and licensing. Before his time at Cognizant, Jon was an associate at a large international law firm. His experience has given him an appreciation for global business law and operations.

In his own words

I’ve been working with fast-moving and growing technology businesses since I graduated from law school. I love the unique environment and challenges that rapid growth presents, as well as the need to quickly provide practical advice. Much like Cotiviti clients, we don’t have time to sit and look at problems. Instead, we focus on quickly identifying and dealing with the core issues.


Dr. Richard Pozen

Executive Vice President, Chief Medical Officer

Professional background

A co-founder of iHealth Technologies with extensive experience on both the payer and provider sides of healthcare, Dr. Pozen oversees Cotiviti Healthcare’s clinical solutions. His medical career extends back more than 40 years, when he was a resident at Montefiore Hospital. He also trained at Georgetown University Hospital before joining the Department of Cardiology faculty at the University of Miami. After running a private practice for 14 years, Dr. Pozen went on to found Cardiology Network, Inc. to provide specialty management services to healthcare payers. He subsequently held leadership positions at Vivra Specialty Partners and Magellan Specialty Health.

In his own words

I like to come up with new solutions in response to the needs of our clients. The creation of Cotiviti has given me an opportunity to extend that interest in innovation through a broader scope of services and value that neither company could provide alone.


Dorie Ramey

Senior Vice President, Human Resources

Professional background

Dorie leads the Human Resources and Corporate Communications functions for Cotiviti’s global workforce, guiding our business alignment and strategies that enable our people to thrive in their careers and deliver superior value to our clients. With more than 20 years of experience in Human Resources and consulting roles, Dorie is an expert in leading organizational change and initiatives that drive performance and growth. Dorie has held leadership roles at Mercer, Express Scripts, Coca-Cola Refreshments and Coca-Cola Enterprises. She joined Cotiviti in 2017.

In her own words

Cotiviti provides such an exciting opportunity for passionate, talented people to do meaningful and rewarding work and maximize their personal potential. Our values-driven culture, where integrity, teamwork and performance excellence truly drive our decision-making, makes Cotiviti truly unique.


 

Nord E. Samuelson

Senior Vice President, Chief Digital Officer

Professional background

Nord joined Cotiviti in 2017 as Chief Digital Officer, bringing nearly three decades of experience in strategy consulting, technology consulting and technology implementation.  He previously served for six years as Managing Director of AlixPartners, LLC, a global consulting firm specializing in improving corporate financial and operational performance, and before that as Managing Director of the Palladium Group, where he led the Information Services and Enterprise Performance Management practice.  He specializes in designing and implementing digital platforms that enable companies to transform operations, product and service offerings, customer engagement, and delivery models. Nord holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mathematics and Economics from Bowdoin College.

In his own words

Cotiviti is one of the rare companies that challenges itself to anticipate future opportunities while delivering on current client needs. While our clients expect us to continually innovate and find new sources of value, we aim to exceed those expectations through a combination of expertise, experience and leading digital technologies.


Valerie Usilton

Senior Vice President, Organizational Effectiveness

Professional background

Valerie plays a central role in Cotiviti’s collaborative culture. She is responsible for organizational effectiveness across the company, with a broad range of responsibilities including executive coaching, executive team effectiveness and organizational change management. Prior to joining Cotiviti, Valerie was the Group Director of Talent Management for The Coca Cola Company, following 13 years with Bank of America as an SVP of Human Resources.

In her own words

Increasing the effectiveness of our leaders leads to stronger employee engagement and a culture of high performance, all for the benefit of our clients. My experience in healthcare and leadership development helps me create a unique individual coaching and team experience, working with people I admire and respect.