Zipari, the first and only consumer experience platform built specifically for the health insurance industry, is pleased to announce the hires of Scott Morris as Senior Vice President, Chief Information Security Officer and Michael Grimaldi as Senior Vice President of Technology Shared Services. The two technology veterans join Zipari on the heels of John Walsh as Chief Technology Officer; marking a period of tremendous progress and opportunity for the growth-stage technology company. At Zipari, Morris will be responsible for the company’s information and cyber security program, while Grimaldi will lead shared technology services across the organization, including architecture, core engineering and quality assurance.
“Hiring experienced leadership, with proven industry knowledge, is core to Zipari’s focus on effectively supporting and delighting our customers. Mike and Scott bring tremendous healthcare technology and security expertise to Zipari and we look forward to their valuable contributions and insights,” said Walsh.
“Scott and Mike are seasoned technology professionals and we’re thrilled to have them join Zipari’s leadership team,” said Mark Nathan, CEO and Founder of Zipari. “The two have a strong, established relationship having worked together at BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York and have built a reputation for improving enterprise IT strategies and growing businesses. They’re among the most qualified professionals in our vertical and I look forward to working with them as we continue to develop our platform and help our customers provide a superior member experience.”
Bringing more than 20 years of experience to Zipari, Morris joins from BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York (BCBS of WNY) where he served as Vice President, Chief Information Security Officer. In that role, he was responsible for leading the Enterprise Information Assurance team while effectively managing the technology risk to information assets. Beyond BCBS of WNY, Morris has a successful track record of designing, developing and implementing security programs, governance and team engagement. He is actively engaged in the cyber community, serving on several advisory boards in the cyber security industry including boards for H-ISAC, Inc. and IBM. Morris is a frequent speaker at several national and local events and conferences.
Grimaldi also joins Zipari from BCBS of WNY where he most recently held the position of Senior Director, Chief Technology Architect. In that role, Grimaldi was tasked with leading the organization’s technology strategy and roadmap, including the introduction of Kubernetes, robotic process automation and cloud services to the organization. He also oversaw the Cloud Center of Excellence, which is responsible for support, training and cloud service brokering. Like Morris, Grimaldi is active in the cyber community, serving as a board member for InfoTechWNY where he contributes to the direction of the organization and creates educational opportunities for the broader Western New York tech community.
“Payers are undergoing a digital transformation during this critical point in time and Zipari is at the forefront of that movement,” said Morris. “They are a leader in providing payers with the critical solutions they need to grow their business while also offering members the digital experience they’ve come to expect. During this period of rapid change, keeping information safe and secure is of utmost importance, which is why I look forward to managing the cyber security programs at Zipari.”
Grimaldi added, “In early 2020, after Zipari completed its Series B funding round, they made an investment into the scaling and development of their highly configurable product lines, targeting strategic innovations. I’m excited to join a company that is committed to pushing healthcare tech forward and never strays from their ultimate mission of improving the healthcare experience for consumers.”
Based in Brooklyn, New York, Zipari, is a growth-stage technology startup that develops products for health insurance carriers to engage with consumers in new and innovative ways. With unsurpassed technology, Zipari’s products provide real-time insights at every touchpoint, delivering a breakthrough consumer experience that health insurers want and their members seek. Zipari now serves more than 14 million members via their payer customers. Zipari is backed by our lead investor, Vertical Venture Partners, a venture capital firm focused on investments in companies that target specific vertical markets and Health Velocity Capital, a growth equity investment firm which invests in innovative healthcare software and services companies that are building a more consumer-friendly and affordable healthcare system. For more information about Zipari, please visit http://www.zipari.com.