Ken Wood serves as the Chief Executive Officer of True Health. Prior to joining Evolent, Ken served in numerous leadership roles in health care where he focused on the transformation of both health plans and delivery systems. He spent a total of 13 years at Blue Shield of California (serving both as Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Operating Officer) and drove the companies meteoric growth from 1.4 million members to over 3 million members. Over 90% of this growth was organic driven by the development of superior products, high performance provider networks, and deep consumer engagement. Ken’s passion for simplicity, transparency and provider-centered care helped Blue Shield of California simultaneously grow and achieve sustained profitability with the plans RBC score growing from 450 to over 700 during his tenure.
In addition to leadership roles at Travelers, Lincoln National, FHP/TakeCare and BCBS of Massachusetts, Ken served as President and CEO of North Hawaii Community Hospital (NHCH), a 39 bed hospital on the Big Island of Hawaii with 22 employed physicians and 4 nurse midwives. During his tenure, he led the development of a Native Hawaiian team-based primary care program that uniquely served one of the largest populations of Native Hawaiians in the state. NHCH ultimately merged with the Queens Health System. Ken also helped launch Covered California, the most successful ACA exchange in the country, where he drove the development of standard products which revolutionized the consumer purchasing experience. Ken is a graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT and resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with his family.