intelligently engineered

An unparalleled team of domain experts, with the vision and drive for such an important undertaking.


Ken Goulet

Executive Advisor

Ken is a senior-level healthcare executive with 35+ years of proven experience in growing and leading large health plan organizations. Most recently, he served as executive vice president of Elevance Health (formerly Anthem Inc.), and president of the company’s Commercial and Specialty Business Division. Ken is an investor in XO Health and serves as an advisor and industry expert for the Board. 

Seth Friedman

Strategic Advisor

Seth provides design and capabilities diligence support for the XO Health pharmacy solution. He currently leads pharmacy practice for Gallagher and has an extensive background working with new pharmacy disruptors. 

Annette Guarisco Fildes 

Strategic Advisor

Annette is a strategic public policy and political counselor with over 30 years of experience in corporate and government sectors. She has served as counsel to Senate Majority Leaders Bob Dole and Trent Lott, practiced law at the Internal Revenue Service Office of Chief Counsel, oversaw public policy and compliance at General Motors, and most recently served as CEO of The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC), leading the association’s public policy advocacy mission.  

Erik Sossa

Strategic Advisor

Erik is an experienced benefits professional committed to advancing access to quality healthcare.  He is bringing this energy and passion into the design of XO Health by representing a holistic view of employer needs.  Erik is currently an advisor to multiple digital health companies, including Sword Health, meQuilibrium and apree health.  He also remains active in the health care policy and regulatory environment as director emeritus for the ERISA Industry Committee.  Most recently, Erik led Global Benefits for PepsiCo and was previously an actuary in Mercer’s retirement practice. 

Hassan Azar

Strategic Advisor

Hassan is a thought leader and innovator in employer health plans solutions and is ensuring the employer perspective is built into all aspects of the XO Health solution. He has led employee benefits programs at multiple Fortune 500 companies, including JLL, US Foods, Kraft, Mondelez, and Ford Motor Company. Hassan provides product, commercial and marketing consulting to numerous healthcare startups. He also serves as an advisor to the Employer Health Innovation Roundtable and is a member of the Health Affairs Council on Health Care Spending and Value.  

Kevin Kickhaefer 

Strategic Advisor

Kevin serves as an advisor to XO Health. He is currently the President and Chief Growth Officer for Gravie, a startup health plan for small employers.  He is the former CEO of Consumer Medical (now an Alight company). Kevin also served as Chief Growth Officer for Bloom Health, and is a former executive at Cigna. 

Amy Cheslock

Strategic Advisor

Amy supports XO Health’s primary care strategy and approach. She is currently the COO of Element3Health, a wellbeing solution.  She formerly led the southeast region for Privia Health, a national physician platform transforming the healthcare delivery experience. Amy also served as the network and payment innovation leader for Elevance Health (formerly Anthem Inc.). 

Lawrence Azerrad

Strategic Advisor

Lawrence is supporting XO Health in creating a brand and voice that can span and connect across its many stakeholders. He is a two-time Grammy Award-winning creative director, author and curator and known across the design industry for leading enterprises, musicians, educational and cultural institutions in the development of globally successful brand programs. His first book, Supersonic published by Prestel, was Amazon’s 2018 Arts & Photography selection of the year and is in the permanent collection of the V&A Museum in London. 

Eric Grossman

Strategic Advisor

Eric is a seasoned health strategy consultant and FSA who has tirelessly advocated for transforming healthcare. He brings strategic and financial expertise to ensuring that XO’s approach is both fiscally prudent and practicable while delivering on the outcomes most important to our clients. Eric currently serves as an independent consultant and advisor. Previously, in his 35-year career with Mercer, he drove significant growth and innovation for large employers, spearheading several pioneering initiatives including Care Focused Purchasing, leading Mercer Marketplace, and running Mercer’s East Coast healthcare business.

Board of Directors

Doug Band

Director and Co-Founder

Doug was founding partner and former President of Teneo, a multinational C-suite advisory firm and investment bank. Prior to Teneo, Doug was a primary advisor to President Bill Clinton for over 15 years and a key architect of the Clinton post-presidency through the creation of the Clinton Global Initiative. Doug is a successful advisor to and investor in numerous enterprises with disruptive business models. 

Todd Meister

Director and Co-Founder

Cofounder and General Partner of multiple hedge funds, as well as venture capital and private equity funds, including First Spark Ventures, Priderock, J Net Ventures and Rhone Group. Former President and Board member of AG&P and owner of PLCN, both Asia-based energy infrastructure companies. 

Patrick Haynes III


Pat is the CEO and Founder of Thurston Group. He is a proactive investor who has repeatedly helped management teams accelerate organic growth, improve profitability, and execute acquisitions. He has over 40 years of experience in analyzing investment opportunities, arranging capital structures, negotiating debt financings, and advising the Boards of Directors for portfolio companies. Currently, Pat serves on the Board of Directors for Smiles Dental, U.S. Oral Surgery Management, South Georgia Dental Management, and U.S. Endodontics Partners. 

Robert Galvin, M.D. 


Bob is an Executive Advisor to Blackstone and Professor Adjunct at the Yale School of Medicine. Previously, he was CEO of Equity Healthcare, a health management company, and an Operating Partner at Blackstone. Prior to Blackstone, Bob was Executive Director of Health Services and Chief Medical Officer for General Electric. He is a nationally recognized leader in market-based health policy and financing, quality measurement and payment reform and helped to found the Leapfrog Group and Catalyst for Payment Reform. He is also a member of the National Academy of Medicine. 

Allan Tessler


Accomplished business executive with deep management and turnaround expertise. Served as CEO, Director and Chairman of private and publicly held corporations including TD Ameritrade, L Brands, Great Dane Holdings, Teton Financial, Interactive Data Corp and several others. Trustee Emeritus at Cornell University. 

Jim DeNaut


Jim DeNaut serves as Managing Partner of Sea Court Capital. Over the course of his career, Jim has advised numerous M&A, Capital Markets, and Asset Management clients. A former member of the Board of Directors of Nomura Holding America, Inc., Jim also served as President and Chief Executive Officer, and Head of International Investment Banking at Nomura Securities International, Inc. Prior to Nomura, Jim served as Head of Global Banking and Head of Corporate and Investment Banking for the Americas at Deutsche Bank Securities, Inc. Jim currently serves as a Trustee of Northwestern University, a Board Member of Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA) and is the Chairman of Youth About Business (YAB). 

Jay Hass


Jay is CFO & General Partner at AlleyCorp, responsible for business operations and strategic initiatives, as well as sourcing and supporting new business incubations and portfolio investments. Jay joined AlleyCorp from RRE Ventures, where he served as a partner and remains a strategic advisor. Jay was formerly a Managing Director at Brown Brothers Harriman and previously spent several years in national political campaign management.