How companies leverage tech platforms to benefit consumers
SCAN president Sachin Jain adopts tech to streamline health care
Google executive Nan Bodin (’11) leads the Everyday Robot Project
Nan Boden (’11)
Chief Operating Officer
The Everyday Robot Project
formerly Google X
Dr. Nan Boden is currently Chief Operating Officer of the Everyday Robot Project within the X division of Alphabet (parent company of Google). The Everyday Robot Project is developing learning robots that help people in their everyday lives.
Nan joined Google via acquisition in 2013 and served three years in the division that designs, develops, and deploys Google’s data centers, where she handled various strategy matters as well as mergers and acquisitions. In her second role within Google, she helped found and scale Google Cloud’s Global Technology Partners team, which developed hundreds of technology partnerships including Google Cloud’s foundational partnerships with SAP, Cisco and Salesforce.
Prior to joining Google, Nan was the CEO of Myricom, a successful California Institute of Technology (Caltech) spin-off founded in 1994 that was a pioneer in high-performance computer networking. Over the years at Myricom, Nan migrated from the techie world into the business world, serving as Executive Vice President, CFO, a member of Myricom's Board of Directors, and then becoming CEO in 2010.
Nan earned her PhD and MS degrees in Computer Science from Caltech and her BS degree from the University of Alabama in Applied Mathematics. Nan's PhD research in "Runtime Systems for Fine-Grain Multicomputers" led directly into her work at Myricom, where she wrote the operating system software that controlled the company's first products. Adding formal business education to her business experience, Nan completed her MBA at UCLA-Anderson in 2011.
Including in her current role at Google, Nan has spent her career working at the strategic intersection of technology and business.
Co-Founder & CTO, Wovenmedia
Founder & CEO, Zema Group Inc.
Dr. Zarik Boghossian is a passionate and accomplished technology entrepreneur and serial innovator with over 30 years of experience designing and developing advanced technologies and innovative solutions, including aerospace systems. Zarik lives Life unconditionally, and treats people as human beings and achieves loyalty, respect, and results.
Zarik was responsible for the development of the mission-critical Electric Power System Flight Software for the International Space Station (ISS) for NASA. This system was successfully launched by NASA, and has successfully been orbiting the earth for the past decade.
As the Head of Technology and Professional Services at Integrien, Zarik worked closely with other executives and investors at Clearstone Ventures to create an attractive enterprise-level software solution that was successfully acquired by VMware Inc. in 2010.
Later in his career, Zarik has been extremely active as an investor and an entrepreneur to create startups in forward-looking markets such as Augmented Reality, On-Demand Services industry, Social Networking and Collaboration industry, and Solar Energy industry. Zarik also helps and mentors young entrepreneurs as a Board member and advisor.
Zarik founded Zema Enterprises, Inc. with one purpose in mind, to create technology solutions in web and mobile applications that have meaning and potential to change the world.
As the Co-Founder and CTO of Wovenmedia, Zarik led the design and development of a Digital Media Solution that is currently being used by one of the largest retailers in the world.
AUGmentecture, a company Zarik founded in 2014 and currently leads as CEO, is an augmented reality platform designed specifically for architecture and Building Information Modeling. AUGmentecture's augmented reality solution is a powerful and easy-to-use visualization tool that fits perfectly into the architectural design and construction workflow and creates significant time and cost benefits for the industry. AUGmentecture is building up traction across the globe and on all continents, and is witnessing significant interest and adoption from architectural firms and construction associations.
As a Professor at Pepperdine University in California and a public speaker, Zarik has been teaching and mentoring MBA and undergraduate Business School students in Entrepreneurship, International Management, Venture Initiation, and Operations courses.
On July 23, 2015, at the age of 55 and accompanied by his 18-year-old son, Zarik realized a lifelong dream of climbing Mount Ararat, a National Treasure for all Armenians, reaching the peak at 16,854’ at 0630 local time.
Zarik holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of North Texas, a MBA from Pepperdine University in Business Management, and a Doctorate with Highest Honors from Pepperdine University specializing in Organizational Development and Leadership. Zarik’ s thesis is published, and is titled, "An Investigation Into The Critical Success Factors of Software Development Process, Time, and Quality."
President & Chief Executive Officer
SCAN Group and SCAN Health Plan
Sachin (pronounced SUCH-in) H. Jain, MD, MBA became president and CEO of SCAN Group and Health Plan on July 1, 2020.
Most recently, Sachin was president and chief executive officer (CEO) of CareMore Health and Aspire Health, innovative integrated healthcare delivery companies. He led growth, diversification, expansion and innovation of these companies and they grew to serve over 180,000 patients in 32 states with $1.6B in revenues. Under his leadership, CareMore built and scaled industry-leading programs to address loneliness, deliver hospital and primary care at home, and address the clinical needs of the highest-risk, highest-need patients.
Sachin was previously Chief Medical Information & Innovation Officer at Merck & Co. He also served as an attending physician at the Boston VA-Boston Medical Center and a member of faculties at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Business School. From 2009-2011, Sachin worked in the Obama Administration, where he was senior advisor to Donald Berwick when he led the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Sachin was the first deputy director for policy and programs at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI).
He has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles in journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA and Health Affairs, and was an editor of the book, “The Soul of a Doctor” (Algonquin Press). Sachin is adjunct professor of medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine and a contributor at Forbes. In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors at Make-A-Wish America.
Sachin graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College with a BA in government and continued on to earn his MD from Harvard Medical School and MBA from Harvard Business School. He trained in medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital.
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
James Mault, MD, FACS, is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of BioIntelliSense, a Data-as-a-Service (DaaS) platform company, delivering breakthrough medical-grade biosensor technology with unique clinical intelligence for scalable remote patient monitoring. Prior to BioIntelliSense, Dr. Mault served as Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Qualcomm Life for over five years, where his leadership responsibilities included Strategic Planning and Business Development, Mergers and Acquisitions, New Product Innovation, Clinical Program and Regulatory Oversight, Health Policy and Government Affairs, Global Spokesperson and Public Relations. Dr. Mault came to Qualcomm Life through its 2013 acquisition of HealthyCircles, a Care Coordination and Remote Patient Monitoring Platform Company founded and led by Dr. Mault in 2009. Prior to starting HealthyCircles, he was the Medical Director of the Health Solutions Group at Microsoft.
Dr. Mault has more than 35 years of experience in senior executive positions in the Health IT and Medical Device industry as well as clinical medicine. He has founded five Health IT and medical device companies, raising over $150 million in working capital and leading these companies to develop novel devices and software technologies, FDA approvals, strategic partnerships with numerous Fortune 500 companies, culminating in M&A or IPO exit transactions. He is the named inventor of over 80 issued and pending patents for a variety of novel health IT and medical device innovations. He has been board-certified in both General Surgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery, having specialized in heart and lung transplantation, thoracic oncology and critical care. He has conducted academic medical research under grant awards from the National Institutes of Health, American Cancer Society, and others. He is the author of more than 60 scientific articles, chapters and books in the published medical literature.
Dr. Mault received his B.S. in Biology and Medical Degree from the University of Michigan and conducted his General Surgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery residency training at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Mault provides global thought-leadership on the future of technology and healthcare delivery, serving on numerous Boards and leadership positions including the Board of Directors of Bose Corporation, Executve Board of the Consumer Technology Association’s (CTA), Chairman of the American Telemedicine Association Clinical Trials Board and the Board of Trustees for the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation.
Dan Mitchell ('16)
City and Community Engagement
Dan Mitchell (UCLA Anderson '16) manages City and Community Engagement at Nuro. As the product operations lead for Nuro’s Arizona pilot in 2018, Dan was responsible for the commercial deployment of the first general public uncrewed on-road autonomous vehicle delivery service. Dan currently works with municipal governments and community groups in California, Arizona, and Texas; paving the way for Nuro’s autonomous vehicle testing and future delivery services. Prior to joining Nuro, Dan co-founded Sheprd, an ‘Uber for Kids’ child transportation startup in Boston, MA, as well as worked for a variety of political campaigns in federal, state, and local elections. Dan earned an M.B.A. from UCLA Anderson and a B.A. in Political Studies from Pitzer College.
Co-Founder & Executive Chairman
Todd Park is co-founder and Executive Chairman of Devoted Health. Prior to Devoted Health, Todd served as White House Technology Advisor based in Silicon Valley until January 2017, a role in which he focused on bringing top technology talent and best practices into government to improve service delivery, national defense, public engagement, and more. Prior to this role, Todd served from March 2012 to August 2014 as U.S. Chief Technology Officer and Assistant to the President in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. From August 2009 to March 2012, Todd served as Chief Technology Officer of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where he functioned as an “entrepreneur-in-residence,” helping HHS harness the power of data, technology, and innovation to improve the health of the nation. For his work at HHS, Todd was named one of Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business” in 2010.
Prior to joining the U.S. Government, Todd co-founded Athenahealth in 1997 and co-led its development over more than a decade into a leading provider of cloud-based software and services for physicians and health care practitioners. He also co-founded Castlight Health, an innovative online health benefits platform company, in 2008.
Todd graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College with an A.B. in Economics. He currently serves on the boards of New America and the Biden Cancer Initiative, and is a member of the 2017 Class of Henry Crown Fellows within the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute.
John Blevins (’11)
Assistant Adjunct Professor of Decisions, Operations, and Technology Management
John R. Blevins (J.B.) ('11) is an assistant adjunct professor who teaches strategic management for technology-based businesses. He specializes in emerging technologies that are disrupting traditional business models, including cloud computing, big data, social media, analytics, mobility and technology convergence. With his extensive industry experience, Blevins brings together high-technology sectors, such as aerospace, biotechnology, computer engineering, information technology, software/hardware and telecommunications, with the resources of UCLA Anderson, its students and faculty.
"Technology advances are creating new business opportunities and disrupting existing business models, enabling economic growth potential we've never seen before," says Blevins. "Today's management leadership must be willing to embrace the rapid pace of change and drive faster innovation. Through an incredible combination of research and adjunct professors, we offer a variety of courses, seminars, workshops, executive programs and industry engagement events that prepares our students for the challenges they face."
Blevins' work experience includes roles at Deloitte Consulting, Microsoft, Oracle and Shell Oil, where he held a variety of technology and management positions based in Houston, Dallas, New York, Miami, London and Los Angeles. He provides consulting services to the technology, telecommunications, media/entertainment, financial services, energy, CPG, health care, manufacturing and automotive industries and the public sector. He has expertise in strategy development, business-technology alignment, framework creation, venture capital investment decisions and new business model creation. Blevins speaks at academic and industry events covering technology-driven market changes, technology management leadership and other topics.
Blevins is the founder of Navigation Pointe, which provides advisory services and venture capital funding to the emerging technologies industry. He has a B.S. in civil engineering with heavy concentration in speech communications from the University of Alabama, as well as an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Terry Kramer (B.A., '82)
Faculty Director, Easton Technology
Adjunct Professor of DOTM
A graduate of UCLA (B.A., '82) and Harvard Business School, Terry Kramer has extensive technology and leadership expertise in the domestic and international telecommunications industry. Since beginning his career at Harris Corporation and Booz Allen Hamilton, Kramer has held executive roles in AirTouch, PacTel and Vodafone globally. At Vodafone, he was the group strategy officer, group HR officer and chief of staff. He was also regional president of Vodafone Americas, with responsibilities for oversight of Vodafone's 45% interest in Verizon Wireless and Vodafone's venture capital activities. He also served on the Executive Committee at Vodafone Group Plc.
During his tenure at Vodafone, he and his family moved no fewer than eight times to locations that included London, The Hague, Dallas, Phoenix and San Francisco. The benefit: "Living in so many different places, working in so many fundamentally different environments gave me a new appreciation of contextual leadership - how leaders must be adept at assessing the different context of each leadership role to ensure a dynamic nature to their style, achieving success for that unique environment."
While serving as an entrepreneur in residence at the Harvard Business School between 2011 and 2013, Kramer was appointed by President Obama to serve as Ambassador, Head of U.S. Delegation for the World Conference on International Telecommunications in June 2012. This delegation formulated and communicated the U.S. policy regarding the criticality of a free and open internet as well as an inclusive, multistakeholder governance, the need to proactively address cybersecurity threats and the need for liberalized, open markets that encourage global accelerated broadband access. The conference was covered by CNBC, New York Times and Wall Street Journal.
No stranger to the field of academia (his parents were teachers), Kramer jumped at the opportunity to work at UCLA Anderson, as it provided "a chance to engage with the next generation of leaders." An adjunct professor at UCLA Anderson since 2013, Kramer is a full-time faculty member, teaching the foundational technology management course, covering the impact of disruptive innovation on products, services, markets and competition, and another course on the evolution and innovation in the mobile communications industry and promising areas of innovation. He is also a faculty advisor in the Global Access Program and Strategic Management Research program. Kramer serves on the boards of TeleSign and TangoCard and on the advisory boards of RapidSOS and Textpert, as well as the Harvard Business School California Research Center, UCLA Economics Department board of visitors and Larkin Street Youth Services.
Originally from San Carlos, California, Kramer and his wife, Suzan, currently reside in the San Francisco Bay Area, from which he commutes to Los Angeles regularly. Together they have developed a family foundation focused on education, health and human services, which "reflects our views about the impact of youth and education on our collective future."
Jennifer McCaney holds a dual appointment at UCLA Anderson School of Management and the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine’s Department of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonology and Critical Care. She is the co-executive director of UCLA Biodesign, a new joint interdisciplinary initiative led by UCLA Health, David Geffen School of Medicine and Anderson that promotes leadership and entrepreneurship in health care technology.
McCaney specializes in early-stage company formation and technology development in the health care sector, bringing her experience as an entrepreneur, advisor and operator to the classroom. Her interests are related to the disruption of the health care industry across digital health, medical devices, diagnostics and care delivery transformation. As the founding director of the MedTech Innovator Accelerator, McCaney has worked extensively with startup companies in the healthtech sector, as well as with business development executives from leading manufacturers, including Johnson & Johnson, Amgen, Baxter, BD, Olympus and others.
She is an associate director of the UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), a research partnership of UCLA, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science and Harbor-UCLA Medical Center/Lundquist Institute for Biomedical Innovation. As part of a broader CTSI network of 50 research hubs, McCaney is active in supporting the institute’s mission to support the translation of biomedical innovations that address the health needs of Los Angeles — one of the most ethnically and economically diverse counties in the United States — through the UCLA Biodesign training program.
As the co-lead of UCLA Biodesign, she works across clinical service lines at UCLA Health, ranked No. 1 hospital in California and No. 4 in the nation. At the core of the UCLA Biodesign program is a one-year fellowship for business, engineering, design and medical professionals that draws on the clinical resources of UCLA Health’s four hospitals and 190 patient clinics. UCLA Biodesign has a dedicated fellowship track for Anderson Fully Employed MBA students, and McCaney also serves as a faculty advisor to Anderson student teams that focus on the life science sector through the UCLA Biodesign Business Creation Option (BCO) track. McCaney is currently the principal investigator of i6 Challenge Grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to catalyze the development of a regional ecosystem for medical technology in Southern California. She says, “Anderson is uniquely situated in the heart of Silicon Beach, an emerging hub for healthtech and the life sciences. As the line between tech and health care becomes blurred, opportunities for new careers in health care are created that will ride the next wave of disruption.” A Fulbright Scholar, McCaney completed her Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at Stanford University and M.S. in biomedical engineering at the University of New South Wales. She holds an M.S. and B.S. in mechanical engineering from MIT, where she was a Draper Fellow, and a B.S. from the MIT Sloan School of Management.