John Pyhtila

Head of Analytics
As Head of Analytics for Cigna, John oversees a set of Advanced Analytic Centers of Excellence focused on Risk, Predictive Modelling, Big Data, Program Evaluation, Clinical Effectiveness and Provider/Network Analytics. John is responsible for delivering Insights to business leaders, enabling them to make data-driven decisions and take the right actions. The Insights team is a core enabler of Cigna's “Go Deep, Go Global, Go Individual” business strategy, and its work is instrumental to Cigna's mission of improving the health, well-being and sense of security of our customers. Prior to joining Cigna in 2014, John was the President of the Enterprise Analytics Division at Verscend (formerly Verisk Health). In that role John was responsible for population health and predictive modelling solutions. John oversaw all aspects of the business, including client delivery, product development and R&D. The Enterprise Analytics Division provided deep analytic insights to payer, provider and employer clients to support decision making and action planning. Before joining Verscend, John was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Co. and previously worked as a hardware engineer at Motorola and Hewlett-Packard. John earned a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University where he studied the development of novel fiber optic medical instruments to detect pre-cancerous growth. While at Duke, John was part of a team that successfully launched a start-up to commercialize the technology from his thesis. John also holds an M.S. and B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and Michigan State University respectively.