VC-backed Zipara taps Walsh as CTO

Brooklyn, New York-based Zipari, a consumer experience platform for the health insurance industry, has named John Walsh as chief technology officer.

Brooklyn, New York-based Zipari, a consumer experience platform for the health insurance industry, has named John Walsh as chief technology officer. Walsh is the former vice president and chief technology officer at Horizon BCBSNJ. Zipari is backed by Vertical Venture Partners and Health Velocity Capital.

PRESS RELEASE

BROOKLYN, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Zipari, the first and only consumer experience platform built specifically for the health insurance industry, is pleased to announce that John Walsh has joined the company as Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Walsh is the first CTO at Zipari and assumes responsibility for all technology including Architecture, Core Engineering, Infrastructure, Quality Assurance, Compliance and Technology Operations.
“John brings the technology leadership and payer experience to lead Zipari’s Consumer Experience (CX) Platform into the future. His depth of knowledge in modern technology and his extensive background across member, provider, broker and employer experiences is based on his 14 years of leadership roles at large health plans,” said Mark Nathan, CEO and Founder of Zipari. “John rounds out the management team and cements our commitment to having the most qualified leaders in the payer industry. As an API-first product company, technology is the cornerstone for supporting a comprehensive sales experience and superior service experience.”

Prior to joining Horizon BCBSNJ as VP and Chief Technology Officer in 2015, Walsh served at two other Blue Cross Blue Shield companies, as Vice President and Chief Architect at Excellus BCBS and as Chief Architect and Director of Data and Integration Services at HealthNow New York Inc. Before joining the healthcare industry, Walsh held technology leadership roles in the telecom industry as Chief Technology Officer with Callfinity and in the financial services industry at Fidelity Investments.

“After finalizing our Series B funding round, we set out to widen our distribution channels, expand partner integrations, and scale the development of our highly configurable product lines with focused investments in strategic innovations,” said Nathan. “John is the perfect leader to guide Zipari towards the most extensible Software as a Service platform to provide health insurance companies with world-class consumer-centric solutions.”

“As a market-leading vertical software company, Zipari is helping to solve major challenges currently facing the health insurance market. I’m thrilled to join the Zipari leadership team and look forward to accelerating our development of innovative products to advance client goals, improve the member experience and improve population health outcomes,” said Walsh.

About Zipari
Based in Brooklyn, New York, Zipari, is a growth-stage technology startup that develops products for health insurance carriers to engage with consumers in new and innovative ways. With unsurpassed technology, Zipari’s products provide real-time insights at every touchpoint, delivering a breakthrough consumer experience that health insurers want and their members seek. Zipari serves more than 13 million members via their payer customers. Zipari is backed by lead investor, Vertical Venture Partners, a venture capital firm focused on investments in companies that target specific vertical markets and Health Velocity Capital, a growth equity investment firm that invests in innovative healthcare software and services companies that are building a more consumer-friendly and affordable healthcare system. For more information about Zipari, please visit http://www.zipari.com.