G. Mike Mikan, Vice Chairman, President, and CEO


Mike serves as vice chairman, president, and CEO of Bright Health. 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 growth 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, and information technology.

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 holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara and an MBA from the University of Southern California.

Jeff Cook, Chief Operating Officer

Jeff serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Bright Health. Jeff has broad health care experience leading initiatives at the forefront of value-based care and consumer-driven healthcare. As COO, Jeff oversees the day-to-day operations of the company, including leading our NeueHealth and Senior Managed Care businesses.

Prior to Bright Health, Jeff served as national Vice President of CVS Health HUBs, CVS’ suite of HUB clinical services. Before that, Jeff served as the South Central Regional President of CVS Health/Aetna and held various leadership positions at Ascension Health and UnitedHealthcare.

Jeff holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Baylor University and a Masters of Science in Health Administration from Texas State University.

Brett Erhardt, Chief Strategy & Growth Officer


Brett serves as the Chief Strategy and Growth officer at Bright Health where he is responsible for corporate and business development, strategic relationships, enterprise growth, and organizational transformation.

Brett most recently was Senior Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development at Bright Health Group, responsible for the initial launch of the NeueHealth business and the company’s seven acquisitions across the Medicare Advantage, Technology, and care delivery space. Previously, he was a Managing Director at the Advisory Board Company, responsible for strategy and new product development in the consumer and population health space. Before that he held consulting, strategy, and finance leadership roles at the Advisory Board Company as well as large integrated health systems.

Brett holds a bachelor’s degree from Boston College.

Jeff Craig, General Counsel


Jeff serves as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Bright Health Group. In his role at Bright Health, Jeff oversees all state and federal legal, regulatory and compliance issues.

Jeff most recently served as Chief Legal Officer of NeueHealth, Bright Health Group’s personalized care delivery business, and previously oversaw the legal aspects of Bright Health’s M&A transactions, corporate governance, litigation, and risk management functions. Prior to Bright Health, Jeff held several senior legal positions at MGM Resorts International, a multinational gaming, hotel, and entertainment company. Prior to MGM, Jeff was an in-house attorney with Western Digital Corporation, a Fortune 500 hard drive manufacturer, and a corporate transactional attorney with Gibson Dunn, a leading international law firm.

Jeff holds a J.D. from the University of San Diego and a bachelor’s degree from American University in Washington, DC.

Jay Matushak, Senior Vice President


Jay serves as a Senior Vice President at Bright Health, responsible for the rundown of the Individual and Family Plan insurance business as well as the company’s Medicare Advantage business outside of California. Jay is a seasoned finance and operational executive with deep expertise in the insurance business. As the lead of our rundown operations, Jay works to ensure the company can fulfill its obligations to consumers, providers, and other stakeholders across the lines of business the company is exiting.

Before joining Bright Health, Jay served for six years as CFO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota (BCBS MN). Prior to BCBS MN, Jay spent fifteen years at UnitedHealth Group in various financial leadership roles within Optum and UnitedHealthcare.

Jay holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame.