CHICAGO, March 15, 2017—Chicago health and technology startup Zest Health announced Jeff Semenchuk as their new CEO.
“Zest exists to equip people to make smart healthcare choices,” Glen Tullman, CEO of healthcare technology company Livongo, and Zest investor and board member, said. “Jeff is passionate about bringing this purpose to life and brings a unique combination of capabilities to accelerate our strategy execution, foster innovation, and enhance our technology and operations.”
Semenchuk previously served as the first-ever Chief Innovation Officer for Hyatt Hotels. Prior to that, he founded and led Citigroup’s growth ventures and innovation unit, and was head of global innovation at Pfizer Consumer Healthcare.
“Jeff is a seasoned leader of consumer-centered innovation across a number of relevant industries,” Chris Cigarran, CEO of Imagine Health, a Zest partner, said. “His experience and energy will build on Zest’s high-tech, high-touch approach, and accelerate Zest’s growth in tangible ways.”
Through his leadership, Zest Health will evolve their mobile app, digital platform, and concierge service to help members navigate healthcare insurance and costs, schedule appointments with in-network healthcare professionals, and launch new offerings further addressing consumer health needs. Currently, Zest serves more than 500,000 healthcare consumers on behalf of health plans, third-party benefit administrators, insurance brokers, and self-insured employers.
“The team has built an engaging platform and service that equips people to understand their health insurance and cost of care,” Semenchuk said. “I’m excited to work with my colleagues and external partners in the days ahead to launch a marketplace of healthcare services and convenient ways for consumers to pay for them. It’s an exciting time for Zest Health.”
About Zest Health
Zest Health is a mobile healthcare solution and concierge service empowering users to simply make savvier healthcare choices. The Zest platform provides members with intuitive guidance to choose the right in-network providers, better understand the costs of services, schedule delivery of those services, and address claims or billing issues after care.
Currently, Zest serves more than 500,000 healthcare consumers on behalf of self-insured employers, third-party benefit administrators, insurance brokers, and health plans, including Imagine Health, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. Request a demo at info.zesthealth.com/request-demo.