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Haven COO Departs for Personal Reasons: Report

Analysis  |  By Jack O'Brien  
   May 17, 2019

Jack Stoddard left his post nine months after joining the Amazon-JPMorgan Chase-Berkshire Hathaway-backed company.

The chief operating officer (COO) of Haven, the healthcare company backed by Amazon, JPMorgan Chase, and Berkshire Hathaway, stepped away from his position nine months after taking the job, according to CNBC.

Jack Stoddard, who joined as COO in August 2018, officially left Haven last week, citing the commute from Philadelphia to the company's headquarters in Boston as taking him away from his family, the report says.

Stoddard was the second official hire for the company after Atul Gawande, the renowned surgeon and New Yorker writer, was named CEO in June 2018.

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Haven's stated mission is to serve the 1.2 million employees and families of the three companies backing the joint healthcare venture, with the goal of expanding in the future.

The company, which listed eight members of its leadership team when it filed for the name Haven in March, has not yet named a replacement for Stoddard.

Before joining Haven, Stoddard had previously served as COO and chief strategy officer for Accolade Inc., a healthcare startup.

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Aside from serving as the company's second-in-command, Stoddard played a key role in the legal proceedings Haven has been engaged in with Optum Inc. over its December hire of former executive David Smith.

Optum, a subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group, sought to block the hire of Smith by charging that he would be bringing trade secrets over to a competitor.

In court, Stoddard testified that Haven is seeking to "reinvent what insurance looks like in terms of benefit design," while adding that the company has no plans to compete with pharmacy benefit managers like Optum.

Ultimately, the judge allowed Smith to work for Haven as he put court proceedings on hold until the arbitration process was complete.

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Jack O'Brien is the Content Team Lead and Finance Editor at HealthLeaders, an HCPro brand.

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