Leading Health Care Analyst Sheryl R. Skolnick Joins Optum


Posted: January 9, 2018


BOSTON, Mass. (Jan. 9, 2018) – Optum, a health services leader, announced that leading health care analyst Sheryl R. Skolnick, Ph.D., will join the company as Executive Vice President, Strategic Relationships.

With nearly 30 years of experience in research and analysis encompassing all parts of the health care industry, and having served in leadership roles at major global investment banking firms, Skolnick brings significant knowledge and insight to Optum. As a member of the Office of the CEO, she will drive Optum’s thought leadership, extend and establish strategic relationships for the business, and focus on innovation and strategy for all markets the company serves.

Since 2015, Skolnick has served as Managing Director, Director of Research & Senior Health Care Analyst at Mizuho Securities USA LLC, the U.S. subsidiary of a major global investment banking and securities firm. Over the past three decades, she has intensively covered the growth of health care services, and has been at the forefront of recognizing key trends and expanding coverage of this fast-emerging sector. She is a five-time Wall Street Journal All-Star Analyst.

“With uniquely deep insight into emerging trends and opportunities across the health care industry, Sheryl will help Optum continue to evolve and drive distinctive growth across our business,” said Larry Renfro, Optum CEO.

“I am excited to join Optum at this point in the company’s evolution as the leader in health services,” Skolnick said. “This is a transformational time in health care, and Optum is at the forefront in driving changes needed to create a better future for those who work in and depend on the health system.”

Prior to joining Mizuho, Skolnick served as co-head of research and head of research administration for CRT Capital Group LLC in Connecticut, as well as holding several senior level research and analyst roles at various leading investment banking firms. She also serves as adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.

About Optum

Optum is a leading information and technology-enabled health services business dedicated to helping make the health system work better for everyone. With more than 135,000 people worldwide, Optum delivers intelligent, integrated solutions that help to modernize the health system and improve overall population health. Optum is part of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH). For more information, visit www.optum.com.


Matt Stearns