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.

Jay Matushak, Interim CEO, Bright HealthCare


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

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.

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.

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.