Meet your Burd Health Leadership Team
Steve BurdFounder and CEO
After serving an unprecedented 20 years as CEO, Steve is now fully engaged in the healthcare sector since creating Burd Health. Burd Health is a healthcare solutions company occupying a unique space that partners with mid-to-large-cap self-insured companies to reduce costs for both the company and its employees.
The Burd Health approach also produces significant improvements in health and fitness. This endeavor is grounded in his decade’s worth of healthcare experience at Safeway including the active participation in the policy discussions that led to the Affordable Care Act, arguing for more of a market-based solution to the nation’s healthcare challenges.The discussions led to the so-called Safeway amendment, which permits self-insured employers to differentiate employee healthcare premiums (based on behavior) by as much as 50 percent.
Ken ShachmutVice President, Product Development
This program reduced Safeway’s all-inclusive healthcare costs by 2% annually from 2005-2013 while costs in the rest of the US market increased 7% per year – in other words, 9 percentage points better than the national trend for eight years. The program simultaneously improved workforce health and fitness, lowering employees’ “health age” by 4 years. Earlier at Safeway, Ken had responsibility for Strategic Initiatives, and also led corporate Re-Engineering, where he identified and implemented savings worth well over $1.5 billion.
Prior to Safeway, Ken was a general management consultant for over 15 years, principally with McKinsey & Company and Booz Allen Hamilton (now Strategy&). He served clients in a broad range of industries on strategy, operations, and cost reduction. Ken received his BSE degree with honors from Princeton University, did graduate work in Operations Research at Columbia University, and received his MBA from Stanford University. He served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy.
Anu SharmaVice President, Client Services
She led complex strategy, cost reduction, and post-merger integration engagements at leading national carriers, Blue plans, and health systems to help them reposition for success in the post-ACA world. She also co-authored key Booz & Company healthcare strategy viewpoints.
Prior to Booz & Company, Anu was with Hewitt Associates (now Aon Hewitt), where she worked with HR teams at leading for-profit and not-for-profit employers on a variety of initiatives focused on improving employee engagement, organizational productivity, and HR effectiveness.
The combination of these experiences give Anu a deep understanding of the US healthcare system, the challenges employers and HR organizations face, opportunities for innovation, and the art of creating successful change within organizations. Anu holds an M.S. in Management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she was a Sloan Fellow. She earned her undergraduate degree in Economics (Honors) from Delhi University, India and is also a graduate of XLRI, one of India’s top ranked business schools.
Dr. Roy SlackChief Medical Officer
He then transitioned to specialize in the Physical Rehabilitation of spinal injuries and developed the most effective spine rehabilitation program in the nation for back-injured workers. With 9 clinics in 4 states, Dr. Slack had an unmatched record of return to work rates, after 3 years of time loss, exceeding 70%.
He went on to become a pioneer in the specialty of precision diagnostic spinal injections and transformed patient outcomes with improved function and unprecedented cost reduction. By founding three healthcare start-ups over his medical career, Dr. Slack is uniquely positioned to re-invent specialty health management at Burd Health.
David ChingChief Technology Officer
Prior to joining Safeway, David was the General Manager – North America for BACG (British American Consulting Group), a software/consulting firm focusing on distribution and the retail industry. Earlier in his career, David worked for Lucky Stores Inc., a subsidiary of the American Stores Companies as the Senior Vice President of Information Systems and also worked in systems development at Bell Canada and Control Data Canada in Toronto.
David’s educational background includes an MS in Management Sciences from the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University; an MS in Computer Sciences from the University of California at Berkeley; and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Since 2007, David serves as a director of The TJX Companies, Inc. (a $28 billion off-price retailer of apparel and home fashions in the United States and internationally).
He also served on the Board of Directors of PETCO Animal Supplies, Inc. His engagements in industry activities included Management Board Member of GSI (International Industry Standards Organization) from 2008 to 2013 and Board Member of Worldwide Retail Exchange (WWRE), a B2B e-commerce exchange from 2000 to 2007.
Irem MertolDirector, Client Services
Prior to joining Burd Health, Irem was an investment professional at Madison Dearborn Partners, a private equity firm, where she focused on analyzing investment opportunities and developing strategic plans to improve the operating performance of existing portfolio companies. Prior to Madison Dearborn Partners, Irem worked in the Global Healthcare Investment Banking group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch where she advised on mergers & acquisitions, equity and debt financing transactions across large healthcare services, life sciences and medical device companies.
Irem has also held a variety of business development and product management roles at healthcare startups such as Caremerge, Scanadu, MC10 and Omada Health. She has also gained extensive experience analyzing healthcare trends, developing investment and strategy recommendations, as well as analyzing the products and business models of early-stage healthcare companies through her experiences working with Andreessen Horowitz, Canvas Venture Fund, StartUp Health and HealthTech Capital. Through these experiences Irem has worked with companies across all stages and segments of the U.S. healthcare system and has gained a deep understanding of how to innovate and disrupt the healthcare industry.
Irem holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she was actively involved in the Arbuckle Leadership Program and was the Co-President of the Health Care Club. She earned her undergraduate degree in Economics and Biomedical Engineering with honors from Duke University.
Julia Park MillerDirector, Client Services
Prior to Burd Health, Julia was the head of performance marketing at Pocket Gems, a mobile gaming company. She was responsible for the strategy, analytics, operations, and partnerships associated with driving over 40 million mobile app installs. She managed the key partner relationships ranging from small development studios to million dollar partnerships with Google and other established ad networks. Before Pocket Gems, Julia was a management consultant with Oliver Wyman and worked across a variety of industry sectors including retail, technology, and aviation. She gained extensive experience helping clients navigate large organizational change initiatives and creating the tools and processes necessary to successfully monitor and implement such large-scale projects.
Additionally, Julia has held product strategy roles at healthcare startups such as Jiff and Healthtap. Through these roles, she has gained an understanding of different strategies used to engage end-users in the healthcare system. Her diverse experience gives her depth in data analysis and designing creative strategies to successfully engage employees and stakeholders through major organizational change initiatives.
Julia holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she was the Co-President of the Health Care Club. She earned her undergraduate degree in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia.
Laura WhartonExecutive Assistant
She has a wealth of professional experience and unique skills having held a variety of assistant positions at Safeway that spanned the course of over 30 years. At Burd Health, Laura manages all office vendor relationships, procurement, and is relied upon for her stellar ability to keep the daily operations running smoothly.
Laura’s background and rapport make her uniquely suited to support Steve Burd and the leadership team at Burd Health.