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General Manager


Joel Whitaker

Experience & Background

Joel Whitaker is General Manager for Advisory Board, the editorially independent research division of Optum and UnitedHealth Group. As GM, Joel is responsible for research, events, client success, and commercial teams across all markets, from hospital systems to health plans, from life sciences to digital health.

Previously, Joel was Chief Research Officer and Head of Product for Frontier Strategy Group, expanding its coverage from emerging markets best practices to global geopolitical risk and economic forecasting. Prior to FSG, Joel was head of Asia-Pacific Research for Corporate Executive Board (CEB, now Gartner), based in Singapore, and previously led CEB’s global research programs for leaders in information technology, research and development, and corporate strategy. In the public sector, Joel launched the Center of Innovation for Science, Technology, and Peacebuilding at the Congressionally-established U.S. Institute of Peace.

Joel's expert commentary has appeared in media outlets such as CNBC, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, and the Harvard Business Review.  

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