Better Innovation through Strong Leadership
Cambia Health Solutions’ forward-thinking, innovative leadership team has a vast amount of experience in the health care industry, coming from a variety of disciplines and organizations across the United States. Together, they focus on the Cambia Cause to transform health care and create a person-focused, economically sustainable system.
The Cambia Leadership Team
Mark B. Ganz
Chief Executive Officer
Mark Ganz is chief executive officer of Cambia Health Solutions, a nonprofit total health solutions company dedicated to transforming health care by creating a person-focused and economically sustainable system. Mark is working to champion change, challenging leaders and Cambia employees to focus every decision on consumer needs.
Transforming the way people experience health care is the cornerstone of his vision. Since taking the top post in 2003, he has guided the company and industry along a path of re-imagining and reshaping health care to be more empathetic, transparent, and economically sustainable. At Cambia, that means nourishing game-changing companies such as HealthSparq, while delivering on the promise built nearly 100 years ago as a trusted health plan.
Mark has an extraordinary record of involvement regionally and on the national stage. He serves on the board of directors for the following organizations: America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP); Portland General Electric Company; Oregon Business Council (also executive committee member); Greater Portland Inc (a regional economic development corporation); Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association; Prime Therapeutics; University of Portland Board of Regents; Chair, Boy Scouts of America-Cascade Pacific Council; Catholic Charities; The Conversation Project; Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC) and Advisory Board Member, Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics.
In 2013, he was honored with a Governors' Gold Award for his lifetime contributions to the state of Oregon in the areas of health care, economic development and leadership through community service. Mark’s commitment to community was also recognized when he was inducted into the Gonzaga Preparatory School Hall of Fame along with his brothers, Rick Ganz, SJ, and Bill Ganz, MD. In 2015, the National Eagle Scout Association awarded Mark the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award (DESA) for his tremendous commitment and leadership within the community and health care industry. Recognition of Mark's groundbreaking work to personalize health care led Portland Business Journal to name him Healthcare CEO of the Year for 2014. He was profiled in 2017 by The Harvard Business Review on his unique vision to embrace innovation and take strategic risks in collaborative leadership in "The Board's New Innovation Imperative." In 2018, Mark was named one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare by industry outlet Modern Healthcare.
Mark earned both his undergraduate and law degrees from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. While an undergraduate, he was a staff member for U.S. Senator Henry M. "Scoop" Jackson (D-Wash). He lives in Portland with his wife, Leslie, and their two children.
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Jared L. Short
President and Chief Operating Officer
Jared leads the accelerated pace of innovation and performance across the Cambia organization to ensure consumer focused solutions. As COO, Jared leverages his commitment and insight into consumer needs to execute against the company’s Cause of transforming health care to be person focused and economically sustainable. Jared has been named as successor to Mark Ganz, the CEO of Cambia, and will begin in that role on Jan. 1, 2021.
Cambia Health Solutions serves 2.4 million members covered by seven health plans in Idaho, Oregon, Utah and Washington. Jared successfully drives award-winning service, facilitates collaborative partnerships between providers and patients, and helps create innovative new solutions meeting the needs of a rapidly changing marketplace.
Jared’s career with Cambia began in 1999, when he joined the company in a Finance role with cross-functional responsibilities across the organization. He moved briefly to BlueCross BlueShield of Montana, where he served as chief marketing and underwriting officer. Jared returned to Cambia in 2009 as president of Cambia’s regional health plan in Oregon, responsible for sales, provider contracting, and government and community relations.
Jared serves as chair of the board of directors for TriWest Healthcare Alliance. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Portland Metropolitan Area Boys and Girls Clubs.
He received his Bachelor of Science degree in economics and history from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.
John W. Attey
Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer
John provides leadership and strategic direction to the departments responsible for the legal affairs of Cambia and its subsidiary companies, including Blue plans in Idaho, Oregon, Utah and Washington. He is the chief legal officer, overseeing the legal functions of the company. His responsibilities also include privacy, fraud, benefit contracts and records management.
John has held executive positions with Swiss Reinsurance Company, GE Insurance Solutions and other divisions of General Electric, and he was previously an attorney with Garvey, Schubert & Barer in Seattle. He is admitted to practice law in Washington, Oregon, Utah and Colorado.
John is the former chair of the board of directors for the Oregon Food Bank, and currently serves on the board of directors and chairs the governance committee of Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest.
John received his Bachelor's degree in engineering and applied sciences from Harvard University. His law degree is from University of California, Berkeley.
Senior Vice President, Strategic Communications
Gail Baker leads corporate and executive messaging, stakeholder and employee communications, public relations, social media and brand strategy. With a mission-driven, collaborative approach, she drives strategic communications and engagement with key internal and external constituents. She has a track record of measurable results as she supports Cambia’s vision of creating a consumer-centric health care system for all.
Before joining Cambia in 2012, Gail was director of Corporate Communication and Community Affairs at Portland General Electric where she led branding, advertising, community engagement, public relations, social and interactive media as well as customer, employee and financial communications. Prior to joining PGE in 1996, Gail held marketing and communications positions at Banc One Corporation, Stephens Advertising and the California Association for Health Services at Home.
Gail is an active member of the community and passionate about helping children, serving on various nonprofit boards and committees over the years such as CASA, The Leadership Roundtable and YWCA of Greater Portland. Gail has won the Cambia Values Award for Trust, as well as various Spotlight awards through the Public Relations Society of America. Gail earned bachelors and masters degrees in communications from the University of North Dakota.
Vice President and Chief of Staff
Janet Campbell is a seasoned executive with more than 20 years of experience spanning business strategy, operations, product and program management, software and technology development and quality engineering methodologies. Throughout her career, Janet has excelled at using proven strategic thinking to restructure programs that improve productivity and measurable outcomes. Janet thrives at managing cross-functional global teams, identifying and executing profitable growth strategies, and developing and deploying new solutions.
As Cambia Health Solutions vice president and Chief of Staff, Janet’s focus is on creating a diverse and consumer-focused culture within every aspect of the business. She has been instrumental in the company’s work to transform health care, leading all oversight and organization of the company’s Office of the President and Chief Executive Officer, ensuring all facets of the company have the support they need to operate smoothly and effectively. She has also tackled company initiatives to ensure Cambia is great at serving customers from membership to transition, and represents the company’s senior leadership with industry associations and key stakeholders, driving timely delivery of commitments.
Janet helps drive Cambia’s diversity and inclusion efforts and is active in community engagement. As the executive organizer and sponsor of Cambia’s African American Employee Resource Group, she has led volunteer groups through multiple initiatives that have made a positive impact in Cambia’s local communities. She is president and co-founder of KIZIMANI, a nonprofit organization that empowers and builds sustainable communities by providing medical care, education and community development. Janet serves on the board of directors for Bridge Meadows, a non-profit that develops and sustains intergenerational neighborhoods for adoptive families of youth formerly in foster care that promote permanency, community and caring relationships while offering safety and meaningful purpose for the daily lives of older adults. She also serves on the board of directors for Portland Business Alliance. Janet has been recognized for her efforts and is a 2018 Woman of Influence recipient, awarded by the Portland Business Journal to recognize women blazing trails and making a difference in their communities.
Janet is a graduate of the University of Portland and earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering chemistry.
CEO, Echo Health Ventures
As CEO of Echo Health Ventures, Rob leads the company's efforts to identify, invest in and grow innovative companies that enable and deliver a transformed experience to health care consumers nationwide. As part of Echo's unique partnership with its parents, Rob works closely with the senior management teams and board of Cambia Health Solutions and Mosaic Health Solutions to support collaboration with Echo's portfolio companies, accelerate Cambia and Mosaic's strategies and more quickly bring health care innovation to national scale.
Rob has more than 20 years of experience in health care venture capital and business building. Before founding Echo, Rob served as the President of Cambia Health Solutions' diversified business unit (Direct Health Solutions). In this role, Rob oversaw Cambia's wholly-owned operating companies (including cost and quality transparency market leader HealthSparq; ancillary benefits provider LifeMap) as well as its venture and private equity investing activities. Rob joined Cambia in 2010 to launch and build the company's diversification and corporate venture investment efforts. Under Rob’s leadership, Cambia invested in nearly 20 companies.
In 2015, Rob cofounded the Cambia Grove - an innovation hub focused on catalyzing and supporting the Pacific Northwest’s emerging health care economic cluster. At the Cambia Grove, innovators and entrepreneurs work closely with regional stakeholders to find solutions to pressing health care challenges.
Before joining Cambia, Rob was the founding partner of Faultline Ventures, where he worked with numerous early stage companies and strategic investors. Previously, he was a Partner at Capitol Health Partners, a Washington, D.C., and New York City-based venture capital firm specializing in early-stage health services and health care information technology.
Active in industry and community organizations, Rob serves on the boards of several health care companies and is a founder and former director of the Nashville-based largest network of young health care executives, Leadership Health Care. Rob also serves on the board of directors at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) and the Cambia Health Foundation, and is a member of the Health Executives Network (HELN) and Fellow of the American Leadership Forum. He was formerly on the board of directors at Life Science Washington (formerly Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association).
Rob is a graduate of Georgetown University with a degree in history and is a Chartered Financial Analyst, charter holder.
Vice President, Consumer Obsession
Dee Cruz fills a role designed to inspire and enable Cambia employees to consistently solve for the consumer by creating systemic change. She acts as a catalyst within the organization, working collaboratively across departments to understand where existing processes or rules get in the way of being responsive and instantaneous in anticipating and meeting consumer needs.
Leading Consumer Champions across many departments, she is focused on turning consumer obsession into an organizational capability as a competitive advantage for Cambia.
Dee is a health care professional with more than 18 years of experience in service delivery, process improvement, and finance management. Since joining Cambia in 2015 as Vice President of Claims in Health Plan Operations, Dee and her team have streamlined claims processes and improved medical cost savings for customers and groups. As the Provider Operations leader, Dee helped lead improvements in provider data validation, accuracy and automation. Prior to joining Cambia, Dee held a variety of roles at Cigna Healthcare, building her expertise in finance, claims operations, network architecture, and operating effectiveness.
Dee serves on the boards of Familias en Acción, the Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation, and the Stanford Alumni Women’s Impact Network. Dee is a 2018/2019 Oregon American Leadership Fellow.
She has a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Stanford University, and is also a Six Sigma Black Belt.
Senior Vice President, Public Affairs and Policy
Jennifer Danielson leads Cambia’s regulatory and legislative strategies at a national and state level, helping Cambia navigate the evolving role of government in the delivery and payment of health care. In a dynamically shifting landscape, her teams work to educate communities about how governmental actions impact consumer-centered health care experiences, articulate Cambia’s point of view on policies that affect our business model, and work collaboratively with partners throughout the company to make Cambia’s voice heard on legislative and policy issues.
Jennifer began her career at Cambia in 1997 and previously held roles within Cambia’s legal division and public policy team. In 2012, she was named market president of Cambia’s Utah insurance company, leading strategy development and execution of the company’s operations in Utah.
Prior to joining Cambia, she worked for the U.S. Public Health Service, the Utah Department of Health and the Utah Attorney General's Office Health Division.
Jennifer is active in the community and serves on the boards of United Way of Salt Lake, the Economic Development Corporation of Utah, and the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business National Advisory Board. She is also co-founder of Utah Wonder Women, a networking and development organization for female business and community leaders.
She earned a bachelor's degree in political science and a law degree from the University of Utah.
Chief Revenue Officer
Over the course of her career, Angela Dowling has designed and implemented creative solutions that align business strategies with customers and consumers. As chief revenue officer, Angela drives revenue strategies across brands, products and markets by bringing greater integration and accountability and directing the organization to create better health care experiences for customers and consumers.
Angela’s leadership has helped position Cambia as a trusted advisor to many of the Northwest’s most respected companies at a time when sound strategic health care decisions are more critical than ever. In her role as Oregon market president, Angela directs and guides the overall performance of the Oregon health plan, including sales, provider contracting, government affairs and community relations.
Prior to coming to Cambia in 2012, Angela served at Payne Financial Group, Inc., for 10 years, most notably as chief revenue officer. She also served in national account sales at United Health Care in New York City, as the business development officer at Hewitt Associates in New York City, and as market vice president at Aetna Health Plans in Philadelphia.
A scholarship athlete in college, Angela received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Michigan. She is a member of several industry organizations, including the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors and the Oregon Healthcare Leadership Council. She is also currently on the board of the Oregon Food Bank.
Senior Vice President and Chief Actuarial Officer
Steve is responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction for the actuarial, underwriting and healthcare informatics areas of Cambia.
He joined Regence in 2004 as chief actuarial officer, and was named Appointed Actuary for seven Regence entities in 2010. Before joining Regence, Steve was assistant vice president for actuarial and underwriting in the Group division of Safeco Life & Investments; he also led underwriting for Lincoln Re Risk Management Services.
Steve is active in the community, having served on the board of Special Olympics Oregon and as board president for Meals on Wheels People as well as several other leadership activities for that group.
He has a bachelor's degree in pure mathematics and a master’s in applied mathematics, both from the University of Michigan. He is a member of the American Academy of Actuaries as well as a fellow of the Society of Actuaries and has authored numerous articles for that organization.
President, Cambia Health Foundation; Senior Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility and Palliative Care Solutions
As president of Cambia Health Foundation, Peggy works with a wide range of stakeholders to drive health care transformation that results in better experiences for people and families. Under Peggy’s leadership, the Foundation has evolved from a regional grant-making organization to purposeful investor in solutions that advances palliative care leadership, quality, access and understanding through its Sojourns® program, the Foundation’s signature program.
Peggy also oversees Corporate Social Responsibility, Ethics, Compliance and Palliative Care Solutions for Cambia Health Solutions, the Foundation’s parent company. Peggy joined the company in 1997 as an associate general counsel and has held several posts, including chief of staff to the CEO, vice president of Legal Services, and director of Litigation & Risk Management. Previously, Peggy worked as an attorney at Garvey Schubert & Barer, and served as a judicial extern to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Peggy is very active in the philanthropic community. She chairs the board of directors of the Doernbecher Children's Hospital Foundation. She also serves as a member of the All Hands Raised Leadership Council, of the Dress for Success advisory board, for the Habitat for Humanity campaign cabinet, and is a senior fellow of the American Leadership Forum of Oregon. Peggy chaired the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign in 2017. She is the immediate past chair of the national board of Friends of the Children and the Oregon-based Start Making a Reader Today (SMART).
Peggy is a finalist in the Innovation category for PR News' Top Women in Healthcare Leadership Awards in 2019. She was also recognized by Portland Monthly magazine as an Extraordinary Board Member in 2017 for her service to the community and leadership of the Cambia Health Foundation. She was honored by Dress for Success Oregon with its Athena Award in 2016, by the Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington as a Woman of Distinction in 2015, and by the Portland Business Journal as a Woman of Influence in 2014.
She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Lawrence University and her law degree from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College. She has also completed the Stanford Executive Program, and is a member of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Alumni Association.
Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer
Mohan guides the Innovation Force (IF) as it inspires ideas from a variety of sources, selecting execution-focused concepts and starting them on the path to new businesses or concepts.
Mohan joined the company in 2004 as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Executive accountable for product development, brand management, consumer-directed health systems/e-business, business intelligence and corporate performance management/planning for all four health plans.
Before joining Regence, Mohan founded venture and consulting firms ABC Technologies and ProTools Inc., serving as president of each firm until its profitable sale. He has been an adjunct professor of business at Kellogg School of Management and authored the books Essentials of Balanced Scorecard, Activity-Based Information Systems: An Executive's Guide to Implementation, and Strategic Business Transformation (Wiley & Sons).
Mohan has served as a member of the Armed Services Interest Group on Cost and Performance Management, and the Government's Committee on Performance and Accountability for the State of Oregon. He also serves on the Chronic Care Workgroup under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
His community activities include board roles in United Way and National University of Natural Medicine (vice chair). He also serves as advisor to the President of George Fox University.
Mohan holds a bachelor's degree in computer science and business, and a master's degree in computer and information sciences from the University of Oregon. He received an accreditation in advanced management from Stanford University.
Cheryl Pegus, M.D.
President, Cambia Consumer Health Solutions & Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Cheryl Pegus brings broad expertise to helping Cambia become a transformative health solutions company. She blends end-to-end accountability for Cambia's consumer health solutions platform with leadership of Cambia's Health Care Services division, ensuring the long-term alignment of the two functions. She is responsible for growing consumer health solutions with sales, overseeing financial performance, and continuing focus on consumers and innovation. In leading medical strategy for Cambia's enterprise and regional health plan business, she oversees medical, pharmacy, and provider activities as well as cost stewardship programs.
A trained cardiologist, Cheryl brings more than 25 years of clinical practice and operational business experience to the company. She’s recognized as a leader for her extensive work across health care domains in using data-driven solutions to improve community health by increasing access to services. Her career includes a rich mix of clinical, pharmaceutical and health plan experience – with innovation as the common thread throughout her career. In 2019 and 2020, Modern Healthcare named Cheryl among the 50 Most Influential Clinical Executives.
Prior to joining Cambia, she served as President of Caluent, a health care data analytics company. Before that, she led the expansion of Walgreen Co.’s health care services, product launches, and data analytics as their first chief medical officer. Dr. Pegus served as Aetna’s head of Clinical Products and as general manager and chief medical officer with SymCare Personalized Health Solutions, a digital diabetes care management company. Early in her career, she was the medical director for the Cardiovascular Risk Factors Group at Pfizer.
Cheryl serves as board chair for the Association of Black Cardiologists, and as a board member with Tactile Medical and US Acute Care Solutions. She is co-founder of A New Beat, an educational initiative advocating for women and under-represented minorities leadership in cardiology. She is past president of the American Heart Association Founder’s Affiliate, past Chair of the PCORI’s Health Delivery and Disparities Research Advisory Panel, and past board member with the Care Continuum Alliance and Aetna Foundation.
Dr. Pegus received her bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University. Her medical doctorate is from Weill Cornell Medical College, and she has a master’s degree in Public Health from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Vince plays a critical role in ensuring the organization has Cause-consistent investments and financial strategies that achieve targeted returns while also serving the needs of consumers. Vince maintains clear and rigorous performance expectations for Cambia's actuarial, underwriting, finance, accounting, treasury, corporate development, procurement, and real estate and facilities teams as they safeguard the company’s assets, evaluate investments, ensure timeliness and accuracy of financial statements while meeting compliance and reporting requirements. Creating value for our customers and the company is critical to Cambia's investment approach. Vince and his teams create value as key players in pricing, investment decisions, evaluating business and strategic plans, participating in corporate and business development, and engaging in strategic partnerships or acquisitions.
Vince joined the company in late 2009, having previously spent 15 years as a senior finance executive with Intel, then seven years as a consultant and CFO for a start-up. He serves on the board of trustees for BCS Financial's Plan Investment Fund, the Oregon Health Sciences University Foundation, and Barrett Business Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:BBSI).
He received his bachelor's degree in business from South Dakota State University. His Master of Business Administration is from Arizona State University.
SVP Strategic Technology Solutions, Chief Information Officer
Laurent leads Cambia’s development of next generation technology solutions that will help create a more person-focused approach to health care. Laurent brings 25 years of senior leadership experience in IT business strategy and growth from some of the most well-known global brands and Fortune 10 companies. He also provides strategic direction for information technology services to ensure day-to-day operations align with Cambia’s transformation from a traditional health plan to a consumer-centric total health solutions company.
Prior to joining Cambia, Laurent was senior vice president and general manager at GE Healthcare. Based in Istanbul Turkey, he led the GE Healthcare IT business in its highest growth region, which was comprised of 85 countries in emerging markets, including Russia, Central Asia, Turkey, the Middle East and Africa.
Earlier in his career with GE, Laurent served as president and CEO of GE Healthcare Korea and GE Healthcare IT Enterprise Solutions, including Global CIO roles for GE’s Energy, Oil & Gas and NBC Universal divisions.
Laurent holds a bachelor’s degree with honors, and a master’s degree in materials science and engineering from Brown University.
Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
Mark provides leadership and strategic direction for all aspects of Human Resources and Disaster Management teams.
He joined the company in 1986. As vice president of Human Resources at BlueCross BlueShield of Utah he helped the plan transition into the Regence family of companies. He has led HR functions across the enterprise since 1997. He also served as vice president for Medicare Northwest.
In the business community, Mark serves on the National Employee Benefit Committee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, and on the advisory board of the Pamplin School of Business at the University of Portland.
Mark's bachelor's degree in business management and master's in public administration, with a health care emphasis, are from Brigham Young University.