Sir Andrew Witty
Chief Executive Officer
Andrew Witty is chief executive officer of Optum, global health services leader and part of UnitedHealth Group. He was named CEO in 2018, after serving as a UnitedHealth Group company director.
Witty served as chief executive officer and a director of leading pharmaceutical manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) from 2008 to 2017. He joined GSK in 1985, and prior to being named CEO served as president of GSK Europe. Before that, he held a variety of international leadership roles for GSK in markets including Asia-Pacific.
Witty is former chancellor of the University of Nottingham, a British public research university, and serves on the Singapore Economic Development Board International Advisory Committee. He is an advisor to 8VC and Hatteras Venture Partners, as well as to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and a Non-Executive Director of G1 Therapeutics.
Witty was knighted in 2012 for services to the U.K. economy. In 2017, he was named an Honorary Citizen by Singapore for his contributions to the country’s growth and development.
Health care is really one of the great levers on human potential. If we think about how we as individuals, how we hope for our kids and our families for their future. What can really make a difference is having that good health or not. We all know people, many of us have had situations where we've seen those limitations enforced. It's not surprising because we're now looking at a situation where almost 20 percent of national income is essentially spent on health care. Just put that 20 percent into context. That's 20 percent of the next cup of coffee, it’s 20 percent of the next car that's built in America, gets spent on health care, and it goes up every single year.
That's why this is a mission worth embarking on. Because if we can change that financial pressure. It creates enormous economic capacity for the country and for families.
What it might mean to be able to get a treatment which they've been delaying. We know people do that. We know that people don't take their full dose of drugs because they split the tablets to try and spread the prescription.
More importantly, I think it starts to take away that stress and anxiety of worrying about what's going to happen if I get ill.
We’re seeing health outcomes in America, on the average, not delivering great experience.
And I think at Optum we have this extraordinary platform, very large scale, interacting with almost every provider and every hospital in America. Connectivity with around 90 million unique patient encounters every single year. That scale is extraordinary. If you layer on top of that the knowledge that we've been able to develop about the challenges of health care, so not only as we think about what is the next best action to get the best health care outcome, but which is the next best action that you're most likely to take.
We can be the company which starts to bring down the cost of health care while at the same time delivering great experience.
We need to be really focused on bringing those solutions forward.
You know, helping make sure that somebody's child gets seen for the x-ray early or to make sure that a woman gets the treatment quickly enough so it makes a proper difference to the disease outcome. They then can access their full potential.
Those are huge contributors to a more productive society and frankly a happier one.
Health care is really one of the great levers of human potential.
Andrew Witty, Chief Executive Officer, Optum