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Kirsten Gorsuch

Chief Communications Officer, Optum

Kirsten Gorsuch

Kirsten Gorsuch is chief communications officer for Optum. In this role, she oversees a team that develops and implements communications strategies to enhance and protect Optum’s reputation, create a more favorable business environment and strengthen employee engagement.

Prior to joining Optum, Kirsten served as chief communications officer at UnitedHealthcare for nine years where she was responsible for managing global enterprise reputation and employee engagement. Before coming to UnitedHealth Group, she was senior vice president of external affairs for Blue Shield of California where she managed corporate communications, government affairs, alliance management, corporate social responsibility and community relations. She also served as the head of corporate communications at Medtronic, the world’s leading medical device company. Prior to her corporate roles, Kirsten was senior vice president at two global public relations firms, Ketchum and GCI Group, where she counseled a wide range of clients in the health care sector.

Kirsten holds a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University. She is a former trustee and current member of the Page Society, an organization of individuals who have reached the highest level of practice in the field of corporate communications or public relations.