Medavie, a health solutions partner that integrates benefits management, health management and health care delivery, is pleased to announce the appointment of Venky Kulkarni as Chief Technology Officer and Managing Director Digital Direct.

In this newly created role, Venky will continue to drive and play a critical part in Medavie’s business transformation initiatives.

“Patient needs, demographics and expectations are rapidly changing, and the shift to technology-first solutions to help people better manage their health care is more important than ever,” said Bernard Lord, Chief Executive Officer, Medavie. “Venky’s foresight and leadership to advance our digital capabilities is helping us transform our business model in a digital era.”

With close to seven years of executive leadership with Medavie Blue Cross, Venky was most recently the Senior Vice President, Operations, Technology and Digital Innovation. Venky also has experience with internationally recognized organizations including The Walt Disney Company and NBC Universal.

“Medavie is leading an important change for the health of Canadians,” said Venky. “We have a tremendous opportunity to fundamentally change the way people access care and wellness services. Our commitment is to provide consumers and practitioners with innovative and easier ways to engage, and conduct transactions – and it’s our promise to get that right.”

Venky has a Bachelor of Engineering, Electronics and Telecommunications Degree from Gogte Institution of Technology (India) and an Executive MBA from Pepperdine University (Malibu, CA). Venky serves on several boards and directs his passion nurturing innovation companies like QUBER.