SEATTLE – March 2, 2016 – Accolade, an on-demand healthcare concierge for employers, health plans and health systems, announces seven new members to the company’s leadership team and formally opens the doors to its new headquarters in downtown Seattle. This dynamic company expansion sets the stage for rapid growth of its breakthrough healthcare technology platform that has already saved customers millions of dollars, improved health outcomes and driven record-setting consumer satisfaction.
The impressive additions to the Accolade leadership team are SVP of Product Marketing Todd Clardy, SVP of Strategic Sales and Platform Tim FitzGerald, VP of Development Drew Garner, Chief Security Information Officer Michael McGee, SVP of Development Harish Naidu, VP of Product Operations Steve Thompson, and Chief Marketing Officer Jerame Thurik. These new executives add exceptional depth across the company’s product development, sales, marketing and operations departments, and will have a direct and immediate impact on improving the healthcare experience for millions of Americans. (Bios below.)
“Accolade is looking for brilliant people who want to build a great and enduring business, while at the same time do something positive for the world,” said Rajeev Singh, CEO of Accolade. “These incredible leaders represent exactly that ideal and our entire team is thrilled to welcome them aboard. Our office in Seattle is a natural extension of the company and centered in one of the best markets in the world to find technology and business leaders who believe in our mission.”
Located in the Washington State Convention Center, the new West Coast site will significantly bolster Accolade’s efforts to deliver a scalable platform and host of new capabilities that will dramatically improve the healthcare experience for employers, consumers and healthcare organizations. Accolade is actively recruiting nearly 50 positions in Seattle, including many product and technology positions to be part of a new green field team that will build the Accolade cloud platform. The company’s Chief Product Officer, Mike Hilton, said, “We’re building a world-class product development organization to design the next generation of cloud-optimized healthcare products and services. Our Seattle team will work with those in our Philadelphia and Prague offices to set the new standard for how technology and personalized service combine to reinvent the healthcare experience.”
Bringing together health assistants, data, science and technology, Accolade creates a deeply personalized experience that has a profound effect on people’s lives. Customers are seeing industry-leading consumer engagement levels, better clinical outcomes, satisfaction scores unseen in healthcare, and cost savings of more than 10 percent.
Accolade is one of the most exciting companies in the healthcare market, with a compound annual revenue growth rate of more than 60 percent since 2010. In 2015, Accolade secured $38.6 million in strategic funding to further strengthen its technology and analytics capabilities while capitalizing on a strong customer pipeline and growing market demand. In November 2015, Seattle-based Singh and Hilton joined Accolade to help the company drive technology and scale to its proven on-demand concierge platform.
Accolade will celebrate the opening of its Seattle office with a reception for invited guests from 5:30-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 2, at One Convention Place, 701 Pike Street, Suite 700. Accolade executives will introduce guests from local government and the healthcare and technology community to the organization.
Accolade is growing its product and technology team exponentially in Seattle, as well as in its offices outside of Philadelphia, Scottsdale and Prague. To learn more about career opportunities at Accolade, visit www.accolade.com/careers.
About AccoladeAccolade is an on-demand healthcare concierge for employers, health plans and health systems. Accolade’s team of compassionate, exceptional professionals is supported by breakthrough science and technologies to guide people through the healthcare system in a deeply personalized manner. Accolade customers experience industry-leading engagement levels, satisfaction scores unseen in healthcare, better health outcomes, and cost savings of more than 10 percent. Accolade has been recognized as one of the nation’s 25 most promising companies by Forbes magazine, the fastest-growing private healthcare company by Inc. 500 and a Top Workplace for five consecutive years. For more information, visit www.accolade.com.
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Todd Clardy, Senior Vice President of Product
Todd is responsible for Product Marketing at Accolade. He joins Accolade from Concur, where he held a variety of leadership roles most recently Senior Vice President of Global Marketing. Todd is an experienced software professional with over 23 years in the software and technology industry. Todd earned his BA in Financial Administration from Michigan State University.
Tim Fitzgerald. Senior Vice President of Strategic Sales and Platform
Filling a new role at Accolade, Tim is responsible for the sales of Accolade’s services to the country’s largest companies. He also leads Accolade’s business partnerships strategy, a critical function as the company develops its services and technology platform. Tim is an experienced software executive who held various leadership roles at Concur, most recently serving as SVP of Global Business Development. Prior to Concur, Tim held various management positions at Computer Associates. Tim earned his BS in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech.
Drew Garner, Vice President of Development
Drew is establishing Accolade’s office in Prague and serving in a key leadership role helping to build out Accolade’s product & technology team. Working as an expat American for Concur, he grew Concur’s Prague operations from a small satellite office to a 300+ employee operation, which included some of Concur’s best performing product teams. Drew’s nearly two decades experience in the online services space includes positions ranging from Principal Network/CDN Architect to Senior Director of Services Architecture to Director for Information Security. Drew earned his BS in Management of Information Systems from Central Washington University.
Mike McGee, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)
Mike McGee leads the delivery of comprehensive security capabilities and policies that protect Accolade customer, client and company information. He joins Accolade from Expedia, where he held the role of Director of Security Engineering and Compliance. Mike received his BS in Economics from the U.S. Naval Academy and his MBA in Finance from the Naval Post Graduate School. He performed nine years of service with the Navy before entering the private sector.
Harish Naidu, Senior Vice President of Development
Harish brings more than 20 years of software industry product development experience to Accolade, where he is responsible for building out and leading the company’s product capabilities. Prior to joining Accolade, Harish was at Microsoft for 22 years, where he served as General Manager for several key products and initiatives. Most recently, Harish was Executive Vice President at Globalscholar/Scantron. Harish received his BE in Electronics and Communications from the College of Engineering Guindy, Chennai and his MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University at Buffalo.
Steve Thompson, VP Product Operations
Steve serves as the executive operations lead for Accolade’s product organization. His efforts include product strategy definition and alignment, setting and driving the operational rhythm, Agile and Lean development practices, coordinating development efforts across offices, overseeing critical product process, communication efforts, and establishing and reporting on core success metrics. Prior to joining Accolade, Steve ran operations at Concur and Microsoft’s Server and Tools Business. Steve earned his Bachelor of Science from the University of Washington.
Jerame Thurik, Chief Marketing Officer
Jerame is responsible for leading and executing Accolade’s marketing strategy. Most recently, Jerame served as the Chief Marketing Officer at Concur, where he held marketing, sales, account management and general manager leadership roles for more than 15 years. Jerame earned his BS in Business Administration and Management Information Systems from Washington State University.