G. Mike Mikan, Vice Chairman, President and CEO


Mike serves as vice chairman, president and CEO of Bright Health Group, Inc. Mike is a seasoned operator in managed care and a transformational leader in healthcare and consumer-facing businesses. As president and CEO, Mike sets the strategic direction and oversees day-to-day operations of the company.

Before joining Bright Health Group, Mike was chairman and CEO of Shot-Rock Capital, a Minneapolis-based private investment firm. Prior to Shot-Rock Capital, he served as president of ESL Investments and was on the board of several companies, including Best Buy (NYSE: BBY) and AutoNation (NYSE: AN). In 2012, he stepped in as interim CEO of Best Buy. Mike served as CFO at UnitedHealthcare before being named executive vice president and CFO of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) in 2006. He also served as the CEO of Optum, the care delivery and technology arm of UnitedHealth Group, where he helped transform and set the strategy for that business.

Mike serves as a director of AutoNation, Princeton Private Investments Access Fund, and Ellington Income Opportunities Fund. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of St. Thomas.

Cathy Smith, Chief Financial and Administrative Officer


Cathy serves as the chief financial and administrative officer of Bright Health. Cathy is a distinguished financial leader with a strong track record of delivering financial results in consumer-focused industries. In her role at Bright Health, Cathy oversees all finance functions as well as the legal, human resources, marketing, real estate, corporate development, strategy, procurement and actuarial departments.

Before joining Bright Health, Cathy served as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Target, where she was responsible for treasury and tax, internal and external financial reporting and operations, financial planning and analytics, internal audit, investor relations and Target’s financial and retail services business including customer payment solutions and call/service centers. Prior to joining Target, Cathy served as executive vice president and chief financial officer at Express Scripts, a Fortune 20 company and the nation’s largest pharmacy benefit manager with over $100 billion in revenue. She has also held CFO positions at Walmart International, GameStop, and others.

Cathy currently serves as the audit committee chair of PPG Industries, Inc. and Baxter International Inc. She serves on the board of the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara and an MBA from the University of Southern California.

Simeon Schindelman, CEO, Bright HealthCare


Simeon serves as the chief executive officer of Bright HealthCare. Simeon is a health care industry veteran with broad experience and demonstrated success in senior executive roles. At Bright Health, Simeon oversees the insurance line of business.

Before joining Bright Health, Simeon served as founder and CEO of Create Health Plans and CEO of MagnaCare. Create, a Brighton Health Plan Solutions business, combines health care delivery system competition with full alignment of the interests of patients/families, providers, and employers and therefore drives lower cost and higher-quality health care with optimal patient experience. Prior to Create Health Plans, Simeon served as chairman and CEO of Bloom Health, a Minneapolis-based leader in designing, building and operating private exchanges. He has also held senior level executive management positions at several high-profile healthcare companies including Medica Health Plans and UnitedHealth Group.

Simeon currently serves as an advisor to JLL Partners and on the IBM Watson Health Payor Advisory Council. Simeon holds a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics and economics from Dartmouth College.

Sam Srivastava, CEO, NeueHealth


Sam serves as chief executive officer of NeueHealth, our personalized care delivery business. He is a transformative health care executive with a successful track record of driving growth and innovation in health care delivery. Prior to NeueHealth, he served as COO for Bright Health leading strategy, development, integration and operations.

Before joining Bright Health, Sam served as CEO at Magellan Healthcare, a leading behavioral, specialty and pharmacy management company serving 50M customers worldwide. During his tenure, the company diversified, doubled in size, launched the nation’s first health plan for the seriously mentally ill and developed digital therapeutics and advanced illness care programs. Prior to Magellan, Sam worked at Cigna where he was president of the national employer and Medicare businesses. He also led US strategy and business development, that included the strategic acquisition of HealthSpring and launch of Cigna Ventures. Sam has also held executive positions leading the Commercial, Medicare, and Medicaid businesses at UnitedHealth Group and Health Net. He has also served as a management consultant in the US and Europe, developing risk-based integrated delivery systems for providers, insurers, and governments.

Sam serves as the advisory council chairman of the Yale School of Public Health, as well as board director for the Recovery Centers of America. He is a frequent national speaker and has testified to Congress regarding the opioid crisis aiding in the passage of the bipartisan SUPPORT act. Sam holds a Bachelor of Arts in medical science and humanities from Kent State University and completed graduate work at Yale University in health care management.

Jon Porter, CEO, DocSquad, and Chief Product Officer


Jon serves as the chief product officer of Bright Health. Jon comes to Bright Health with years of experience in data analysis tools and technology for the health care sector.

Before joining Bright Health, Jon served as chief product officer of athenahealth, where he was responsible for overseeing product strategy for the entire portfolio and led the development of athenahealth’s suite of cloud-based services. Prior to athenahealth, Jon was CEO and co-founder of Healthcare Data Services (acquired by athenahealth in 2012), where he was responsible for the company’s strategic technology, product development, and engineering initiatives, leading the company to success in the health care market. Prior to Healthcare Data Services, Jon co-founded White Stone Solutions, Inc., a technology company focused on data analysis and development tools, in 1999. Prior to White Stone Solutions, he worked in the data quality and integrity group at Deloitte & Touche LLP.

Jon holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration with a focus in accounting and management info systems from Babson College.

Keith Nelsen, General Counsel


Keith serves as general counsel and corporate secretary of Bright Health. In his role at Bright Health, Keith oversees all state and federal legal and compliance issues.

Before joining Bright Health, Keith served as executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for Best Buy Co., Inc., a multinational retailer of technology and entertainment products and services. In this role Keith had multi-channel accountability for worldwide legal operations and for identifying, managing and mitigating material risks to Best Buy. He also previously oversaw the company’s Corporate Development function, overseeing equity-related investments on a global basis, providing assessment, financial analysis and strategic recommendations on equity investment opportunities. Prior to joining Best Buy, Keith was chief administrative officer and general counsel at Danka Business Systems PLC, a multi-national distributor and service of office printing products, with operations in more than 20 countries. Prior to Danka Business Systems PLC, Keith was the vice president, Legal, at NordicTrack. Keith began his career as a practicing attorney with Best and Flanagan, LLP.

Keith holds a Bachelor of Science from Northern Michigan University and a JD from the University of Wisconsin.

Brian Gambs, Chief Technology Officer


Brian serves as the chief technology officer of Bright Health. Brian has led software engineering and technology organizations for companies at all stages of growth, with an emphasis on health care solutions for consumers and providers. He is responsible for Bright Health’s technology strategy and execution.

Before Bright Health, Brian served as vice president of engineering and principal architect at athenahealth. Prior to athenahealth, he served as chief technology officer and co-founder of Patient IO, a care coordination platform for enterprise health care, until its acquisition by athenahealth. Brian served as chief technology officer and co-founder of Wealth Habit, a personal finance platform, senior director of software engineering at WebMD, and has led product development and engineering teams at several other companies over the course of his career in technology.

Brian holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan.

Tom Valdivia, MD, Co-Founder and Chief Health and Equity Officer


Tom serves as the chief health and equity officer for Bright Health. As an internist, physician, and health informaticist, he understands the need for a close relationship between an individual and their clinician, and knows the value of advanced analytics and information systems that empower providers and patients alike. At Bright Health, Tom is responsible for establishing and articulating a cohesive clinical point of view and promoting high levels of clinical excellence across the enterprise. Critically, Tom is focused on ensuring everyone we serve has access to affordable, high quality care so that they can be as healthy as possible. Tom works with clinical leaders across Bright Health and its many partners to further the company’s mission for all members and patients.

Before joining Bright Health, he was co-founder and president of Carol Corp., which pioneered a direct-to-consumer marketplace for health care services. Prior to Carol, Tom served as the chief health consumer officer of Definity Health where he led the consumer-driven benefit, network, and clinical teams. The company grew to span all 50 states before being acquired by UnitedHealth Group.

Tom currently serves as co-founder and CEO of Valquist, LLC, chairman of Intermountain Health, Homecare and Hospice Division, senior advisor to InTandem Capital, and board member of ClinicianNexus. Tom holds a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Minnesota School of Medicine and a Master of Science in Health Informatics from the University of Minnesota.