Our Leadership

Ravi Ika
President & CEO

Ravi Ika

Chief Operating Officer

Anand Tati

Chief Financial Officer

John Jacobsen

Chief Administrative Officer

Aruna Wickremeratne

Chief Technology Officer

Prakash Tallabattula

Chief Transformation Officer

Mark W. Owen

Chief Security Officer and EVP Infrastructure

Bijendra (BP) Malik

Senior VP of PBM Operations & Innovations

Christine Lounsbery

VP of Trade Relations

Michelle Mayer

VP of Compliance

Heather Johnson

President & CEO

Ravi Ika

A noted entrepreneur and an innovator of disruptive business solutions, Ravi Ika founded nirvanaHealth in 2013 and serves as President and Chief Executive Officer. He launched nirvanaHealth to address the amount of waste in the healthcare system and to improve care by creating a single integrated platform for payers and PBMs to manage their pharmacy, behavioral health, and medical business—something that has been a dream of every payer.

With this goal, Mr. Ika and the nirvanaHealth team built Aria from the ground up leveraging technology such as robotic process automation (RPA), machine learning (ML), and artificial intelligence (AI). Aria provides comprehensive automated transactional services for all payer and PBM administrative, medical, behavioral, pharmacy, financial, care, quality, cost, & risk management, and compliance management functions across the entire administrative and care continuums of healthcare. Aria facilitates the 3,500+ functions typically fulfilled by payers and PBMs. It does so in a way never before imagined in the payer or PBM industries: by automating each of these functions with a bot and logically deploying these bots into modules to achieve enterprise automation. Among the valuable results of this platform is the opportunity to implement innovative risk models, which means total care can be administered at 75-80% of premium dollars rather than the 90% currently allocated for actual care, and administrative costs which currently range from 10-15% can be reduced by a third to half while also improving member care.

Mr. Ika recognizes the $4 trillion annual healthcare market has long been in need of transformation. Together, payers and PBMs manage the majority of this spend wherein $900+ billion is wasted annually, which is due in large to the lack of cloud platforms built on RPA, ML, and AI to manage the complex multitude of functions fulfilled by these organizations.

More than 20 years ago, Mr. Ika recognized a similar transformational opportunity in health insurance. Industry insiders, challenged to reduce administrative costs by 30% and avoidable medical costs by 20%, saw these goals as unachievable. Mired in paper-based processes, the industry also struggled with a myriad of fragmented, inflexible, and expensive legacy systems. Mr. Ika responded to this opportunity by launching ikaSystems, an enterprise payer platform company. Disrupting obsolete paradigms, he delivered unprecedented change long before passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The ikaSystems platform decreased administrative costs for many health insurers by as much as 50% and significantly reduced avoidable medical costs. With these results, ikaSystems raised more than $120 million capital from Providence Equity and Essex Woodland Ventures. Mr. Ika now seeks to accomplish much bigger transformation across both the payer and PBM enterprises.

Known for building and inspiring world-class teams, Mr. Ika takes a hands-on approach to ensure his clients’ success. Over the years, healthcare industry leaders have come to rely on his vision and talent for creating enterprise platforms that radically disrupt legacy business paradigms and deliver significant value. Mr. Ika has a Master of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from Old Dominion University and worked as a research scientist at Harvard University prior to his entrepreneurial career, he also serves on the Board of Trustees at St. Mark’s School.

Chief Operating Officer

Anand Tati

As a Chief Operating Officer (COO), Anand provides executive leadership, including strategic and operational oversight to drive operating model performance and implement strategic initiatives. He is responsible for implementing short and long-term strategic priorities and business objectives. Anand partners with other leadership teams and stakeholders to define and deploy key performance indicators to monitor past, current, and future performance of business processes. He will help develop, prioritize, and execute business process excellence initiatives to identify and address process and operational inefficiencies. He works to ensure operational compliance with regulatory and accreditation agencies, and internal compliance policies and guidelines.

Anand brings more than 20 years of corporate experience in strategy, leadership, technology execution, and service delivery. Prior to joining, Anand was a senior manager and on a partner track with Deloitte Consulting. While at Deloitte, and as part of the Information Management practice, he provided strategic technology advisory and implementation services to commercial, federal, and state government clients such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Time Warner, and Walmart. Prior to Deloitte, Anand was a product manager at IMS Health and Millennium Pharmaceuticals and was a senior consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Anand began his career at Infosys as a software engineer.

Anand Tati has a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the National Institute of Technology, India, and a master’s degree in technology management from Penn Engineering and the Wharton School.

Chief Financial Officer

John Jacobsen

As Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Jacobsen oversees the financial operations of the company. With 30 years of progressive financial experience he has developed best practices in operational processes. Mr. Jacobsen has spent most of his career assisting software and SAAS companies build structure and account for their operations. Mr. Jacobsen has been involved with multiple corporate transactions including company sales, mergers, acquisitions, and fund raising.

Mr. Jacobsen holds a BS in accounting and finance from Northeastern University and is a certified public accountant.

Mr. Jacobsen Is the proud husband to wife Wendy and father of Christopher, Matthew, Kyle, Cameron and Ashley.

Chief Administrative Officer

Aruna Wickremeratne

Aruna currently serves as the Chief Administrative Officer at nirvanaHealth and is responsible for pharmacy rebate contracting, pharmacy network contracting, and internal financial metrics.

Aruna brings over two decades of experience in finance, accounting, HR, corporate development and operations. Prior to joining, Aruna worked at ikaSystems Corporation (ika) DBA Visiant Health for over 14 years. He contributed significantly to the growth and success of ikaSystems during his tenure there, initially serving as the CFO from inception through the acquisition of ikaSystems by Providence Equity. He later served as the VP of Operations and VP of Account Management for the company. Aruna was instrumental in creating a smooth transition during the integration of ikaSystems and Visiant using his vast knowledge of the business and his friendly team player approach to supporting staff and clients alike.

Aruna is a CPA and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and is an avid runner.

Chief Technology Officer

Prakash Tallabattula

Prakash Tallabattula, Chief Technology Officer, oversees all technology operations, research and development, both onshore and offshore. Tallabattula is an effective leader and hands-on technology strategist with over 15 years of documented achievements in start-up, turnaround, high-growth, and Fortune 500 corporate environments. He is a driving force behind innovative strategies, processes, and technology solutions delivered collaboratively through strong cross-functional relationships built across the organization.

Prior to joining, Tallabattula worked as a senior enterprise architect at Fannie Mae, where he was responsible for the organization’s technology roadmap. He was also a senior architect at Verizon, where he played a key technical role on Verizon Dialup/DSL/FIOS solutions. In addition, he headed technology teams and was a member of executive teams at Sylvan Learning, Hanleywood, and other companies. Tallabattula earned his bachelor of engineering degree in computer science from the University of Karnataka and has his MBA in international business from Walden University.

Chief Transformation Officer

Mark W. Owen

Mark W. Owen is currently Chief Transformation Officer. Prior to joining Mr. Owen was President, Government Programs, for Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC).

Previously he served as vice president of the Federal and Individual Business Divisions for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan; and vice president and general manager of Medicare products and Commercial Individual products at Medica Health Plans in Minnetonka, Minn. He also held multiple executive positions with Humana in Louisville, KY.

He earlier served as vice president and general manager of Medica Health Plans in Minnetonka, Minn., where he oversaw two business segments – Medicare products and Commercial Individual products. From 1994-2000, he held multiple executive positions with Humana in Louisville, KY.

Prior to starting his career in health care, he spent 18 years in the transportation industry with Schneider National, a large truckload carrier based in Green Bay, WI.

Owen holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn., and a master’s degree in business from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

Chief Security Officer and EVP Infrastructure

Bijendra (BP) Malik

Bijendra Malik, Executive Vice President and Chief Security Officer, is responsible for overall operational infrastructure management and security.

Malik has more than 25 years experience in the insurance, finance, manufacturing and telecommunications industries, including strategic positions with Government Works, Inc., ikaSystems, GE and LG Electronics. His versatile background and experience in creating strategies for disaster recovery and processes to improve and maintain high security and service levels provide nirvanaHealth with the solid foundation necessary for designing, improving and maintaining complex infrastructure and software applications.

Malik holds a BS degree in electrical engineering and numerous certifications including CISA (Certified Information System Auditor), PMP (Project Management Professional), ISO 27001 Lead Auditor, CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional), Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), IBM’s Certified Lotus Professional (CLP), Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), Checkpoint Certified Security Administrator (CCSA), Certified Novell Engineer (CNE) and Citrix Certified Administrator (CCA).

Senior VP of PBM Operations & Innovations

Christine Lounsbery

Christine Lounsbery, PharmD, BCPS, Senior Vice President of PBM Operations & Innovations, is responsible for pharmacy benefit operations in collaboration with the clinical, operational and technology teams. She provides overall direction for client support, implementation and maintenance of pharmacy plan designs.

Christine is a licensed pharmacist with 25 years of experience in retail pharmacy, hospital pharmacy, clinical pharmacy, managed care and administration. Prior to joining RxAdvance, Christine was the director of population health services operations at Avera Health Plans and Dakotacare. She has knowledge in the health insurance industry and associated operations, pharmacy benefit management operations, specialty pharmacy initiatives, population health and collaborative care, account management, project management, strategic thinking and leadership.

Christine holds a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy from South Dakota State University and a Doctorate of Pharmacy degree from the University of Minnesota. She is currently pursuing her Masters degree in Healthcare Administration through Colorado State University. Christine is a BPS Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS). She is a member of the American Pharmacist Association, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, American College of Clinical Pharmacy and Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy.

VP of Trade Relations

Michelle Mayer

In this role, Michelle is responsible for new and existing product or service development and tactical implementation of products and services related to Pharmacy Network and Pharmaceutical Manufacturer Rebate.

She oversees all negotiations related to nirvanaHealth’s pharmacy network contracts and pharmaceutical manufacturer rebate contracts.

Michelle is an accomplished sales and market access executive with three decades of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. At Lilly USA, Michelle executed new product launches for oral and biologic agents, collaborated with public and private industry partners on drug portfolio access and formulary strategies as well as market share goals, and led advocacy efforts that resulted in increased patient access to life-saving treatments.

During her time at Lilly USA, Michelle received numerous professional honors, including the President’s Council Award and Peer-to-Peer Awards, mostly recognizing her superior team-building abilities.

Michelle holds a master of science in biotechnology from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor of science in toxicology from University of the Sciences. She participates on the Leadership Council of the Wistar Institute and the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy Board of Visitors. She is also an active member of the Healthcare Business Woman’s Association and the American College of Healthcare Executives.

VP of Compliance

Heather Johnson

Heather Johnson, Vice President of Compliance, is responsible for creating a vison of effective compliance and leading the implementation of a structure and process that ensures nirvanaHealth is compliant with all applicable federal and state rules/guidelines, as well as all regulations pertaining to Medicare, Medicaid, Affordable Care Act, and Commercial PBM business. She is accountable for driving the consistent application of nirvanaHealth’s Compliance Program, Code of Conduct, and compliance policies across the enterprise. She works collaboratively with all key stakeholder – clients, team members, customers, regulatory agencies, and other external entities such as accreditation organizations, delegated partners, etc. – to ensure responsive and effective compliance performance. Heather also facilitates and supports the organization for URAC accreditation, NCQA accreditation, SOC audits, and maintains all relevant licensures.

Prior to joining, Heather was VP of Business solutions at Beacon Health Solutions, responsible for overall client engagement including compliance, audits, and CMS deliverables. While at Beacon, Heather led her team to ensure all operational/compliance areas exceeded CMS service levels. Prior to her role at Beacon Health Solutions, as Director of Medicare at ikaSystems, Heather was responsible for overall compliance across all lines of business. In fact, throughout her 20-years professional healthcare career working for TPAs, health plans, and health technology companies, Heather has always been involved interpreting CMS guidance, communicating this interpretation to stakeholders, and automating such regulations by leveraging technology.

She holds a Bachelor of Science from Thomas Jefferson University.

Ravi Ika

Ravi Ika

President & CEO

Anand Tati

Chief Operating Officer

John Jacobsen

Chief Financial Officer

Aruna Wickremeratne

Chief Administrative Officer

Prakash Tallabattula

Chief Technology Officer

Mark W. Owen

Chief Transformation Officer

Bijendra (BP) Malik

Chief Security Officer and EVP Infrastructure

Christine Lounsbery

Senior VP of PBM Operations & Innovations

Michelle Mayer

VP of Trade Relations

Heather Johnson

VP of Compliance

Board of Directors

Chairman

John Sculley

Ravi Ika
President & CEO

Ravi Ika

Director

Vish Sankaran

James Harpel
Director

James Harpel

Chairman

John Sculley

John Sculley is one of America’s best-known business leaders, with one foot in the storied history of Apple technology and the other planted firmly in 21st century innovations that change the way the world does business. Drawing upon many years of experience as a corporate executive, investor, entrepreneur, mentor, and rainmaker, Sculley has become a sought-after global advisor helping experienced entrepreneurs build a new generation of transformative companies.

In his 10 years as Apple CEO he worked together with Steve Jobs to launch the Macintosh computer, desktop publishing, and the first multimedia computers. By the end of his decade as Apple CEO, the Mac had become the largest selling PC in the world and Apple’s revenue had grown over 1000%.

John Sculley has domain expertise in data science innovation, predictive analytics, consumer brand building, supply chain systems, and growth equity investing.

The companies John has advised cover many industries: health-tech (RxAdvance, Rally Health, MDLIVE, FLEXPharma, SleepMed); fin-tech (Lantern Credit); mobile-tech (MetroPCS); and marketing–tech ( Zeta Interactive).

For 15 years John Sculley was on the Board of Overseers of both the MIT Media Lab and Wharton Business School. He received Wharton’s highest honor, The Joseph Wharton Award for Outstanding Leadership. He was selected as marketing CEO of the Decade when he was Apple CEO. John Sculley received an honorary PhD from Johns-Hopkins University and 10 other universities. In 2015 he was awarded The Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

John Sculley is author of “Moonshot “Game Changing Strategies to Build Billion Dollar Businesses”. He is married to Diane Sculley who is also his partner in Sculley Family Office.

President & CEO

Ravi Ika

A noted entrepreneur and an innovator of disruptive business solutions, Ravi Ika founded nirvanaHealth in 2013 and serves as President and Chief Executive Officer. He launched nirvanaHealth to address the amount of waste in the healthcare system and to improve care by creating a single integrated platform for payers and PBMs to manage their pharmacy, behavioral health, and medical business—something that has been a dream of every payer.

With this goal, Mr. Ika and the nirvanaHealth team built Aria from the ground up leveraging technology such as robotic process automation (RPA), machine learning (ML), and artificial intelligence (AI). Aria provides comprehensive automated transactional services for all payer and PBM administrative, medical, behavioral, pharmacy, financial, care, quality, cost, & risk management, and compliance management functions across the entire administrative and care continuums of healthcare. Aria facilitates the 3,500+ functions typically fulfilled by payers and PBMs. It does so in a way never before imagined in the payer or PBM industries: by automating each of these functions with a bot and logically deploying these bots into modules to achieve enterprise automation. Among the valuable results of this platform is the opportunity to implement innovative risk models, which means total care can be administered at 75-80% of premium dollars rather than the 90% currently allocated for actual care, and administrative costs which currently range from 10-15% can be reduced by a third to half while also improving member care.

Mr. Ika recognizes the $4 trillion annual healthcare market has long been in need of transformation. Together, payers and PBMs manage the majority of this spend wherein $900+ billion is wasted annually, which is due in large to the lack of cloud platforms built on RPA, ML, and AI to manage the complex multitude of functions fulfilled by these organizations.

More than 20 years ago, Mr. Ika recognized a similar transformational opportunity in health insurance. Industry insiders, challenged to reduce administrative costs by 30% and avoidable medical costs by 20%, saw these goals as unachievable. Mired in paper-based processes, the industry also struggled with a myriad of fragmented, inflexible, and expensive legacy systems. Mr. Ika responded to this opportunity by launching ikaSystems, an enterprise payer platform company. Disrupting obsolete paradigms, he delivered unprecedented change long before passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The ikaSystems platform decreased administrative costs for many health insurers by as much as 50% and significantly reduced avoidable medical costs. With these results, ikaSystems raised more than $120 million capital from Providence Equity and Essex Woodland Ventures. Mr. Ika now seeks to accomplish much bigger transformation across both the payer and PBM enterprises.

Known for building and inspiring world-class teams, Mr. Ika takes a hands-on approach to ensure his clients’ success. Over the years, healthcare industry leaders have come to rely on his vision and talent for creating enterprise platforms that radically disrupt legacy business paradigms and deliver significant value. Mr. Ika has a Master of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from Old Dominion University and worked as a research scientist at Harvard University prior to his entrepreneurial career, he also serves on the Board of Trustees at St. Mark’s School.

Director

Vish Sankaran

Vish Sankaran is Walgreens Boots Alliance chief innovation officer, a senior management position established to help lead, coordinate, and advance WBA’s innovation strategies across its business operations, digital transformation, and enterprise, and enhance WBA’s long-term vision, growth, and value to its many stakeholders and stockholders.

Mr. Sankaran’s responsibilities focus on working with Operations leadership to explore, analyze, design, and launch new business solutions and capabilities, and spearheading WBA’s overall innovation agenda. As WBA’s strategic implementation leader, he also manages the business impact of new solutions the company has adopted and will carry out. In addition, he provides counsel to senior leaders to deliver the company’s overall strategy and investment priorities.

A longtime practitioner in using business operations, talent, and technology to build shareholder and public value, Mr. Sankaran is a veteran healthcare business and technology executive. His comprehensive experience includes 24 years in the private sector and the U.S. federal government working to transform healthcare by making consumer and clinical outcomes central to patient care-related conversations. He came to WBA from Ayus Health Inc., a health strategy and product development firm, which he founded and for which he last served as managing director. Prior to Ayus Health, he was chief operating officer and chief technology officer for CareMore, an Anthem company. During his 10 years with the U.S. federal government, he helped lead its healthcare business and technology transformation, including his time as senior advisor to the administrator of the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid during which he worked to create efficiencies in its business operations and IT investments.

Director

James Harpel

Mr. Harpel is a serial entrepreneur. He is currently a general partner of both Palm Beach Capital, a mid-range Private equity firm; and of First Reserve Corp, a multibillion dollar energy related private equity firm—both of which he helped found. Additionally, he is also a founder and Senior Partner of Two Roads Development, a substantial real estate development company in Florida, that is currently or has been involved in the construction of over $1billion of Florida real estate.

He is also involved in a series or ventures ranging from a revolutionary vaccine company to a fintech mortgage software company. He enjoys the challenge of solving problems and building companies. Over the years he was also a well-known successful money manager on the cover of Barron’s; and was also a corporate turnaround manager at a very young age.

Mr. Harpel has been very involved with Harvard for many years. He started and sponsored a multiyear, interfaculty substance abuse research group. On the Board of The Kennedy School of Government, he has an endowed Chair at the School. He was on the Dana Farber Board for many years and has been on The Belfer Center Board at Harvard for many years.

He also ran an International Council for the Harris School of Government at the University of Chicago for about ten years. In Addition, he is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

In Palm Beach, Mr. Harpel is on the Executive Committee of the Board of the Kravis Center.

John Sculley

Chairman
Ravi Ika

Ravi Ika

President & CEO
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James Harpel

Director

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Director

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RxAdvance is now nirvanaHealth.

Since 2013, the RxAdvance team has been dedicated to disrupting the healthcare industry, specifically in pharmacy benefit management. After 3 years of development, we went live with our first client in 2016 and delivered groundbreaking pharmacy benefit management services. Now that we have proven success year-after-year, we have decided to expand our impact beyond just the PBM industry—onto the payer industry. These two industries alone control the majority of the healthcare spend in the United States, including the $900+ billion of waste generated annually. With our expansion into a new portion of the industry, we have outgrown the RxAdvance name, since it does not accurately capture the scope of our healthcare reach and mission. We are excited to announce our new name and brand—nirvanaHealth. The RxAdvance name has served us well for many years and will continue to do so under nirvanaHealth.