NTT DATA Names New Leader for Health Plan & Life Sciences Business

Craig Hovda succeeds Tanvir Khan, who held that role on an interim basis while also serving as chief digital & strategy officer.

IT industry veteran Craig Hovda has joined NTT DATA Services, a Plano-based digital business and IT services leader, to lead its Health Plan & Life Sciences business.

Hovda succeeds Tanvir Khan, who held that role on an interim basis while also serving as chief digital & strategy officer.

“2023 is an opportunity to make strategic investments in all aspects of the business,” NTT DATA Services CEO Bob Pryor said in a statement. “Under Tanvir’s continued leadership, NTT DATA is driving innovative digital strategy for the company and all of its clients. With Craig’s extensive qualifications, our HPLS clients will benefit from his leadership and build upon their success with our industry expertise.”

NTT said that Hovda was one of five founding partners of Deloitte’s Global Technology Services Practice where he led the development and implementation of Deloitte’s global technology services methodology, business case tools, value propositions, and solutions.

Most recently, Hovda was an independent consultant and served as interim CIO for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and Johns Hopkins Health Plans.

Hovda also advised C-suite executives and boards in the healthcare, life sciences, public, and energy sectors. He held numerous senior positions, including six years as lead technology partner for a Fortune 50 health plan with 34 million members.

Khan has more than 25 years of experience in IT outsourcing and extensive experience in running scalable P&L operations across multiple continents.

NTT DATA said that Khan is a thought leader with five patents and four pending patents in AI and automation.

Khan previously was president of NTT DATA’s Business Process Outsourcing, Infrastructure, Dynamic Workplace Services, and Intelligent Automation & Data Service. Prior to joining NTT DATA Services, Khan held global leadership positions at Dell and Wipro Technologies.

NTT DATA is A $30 billion global innovator of IT and business services, which aims to help clients transform through business and technology consulting, industry and digital solutions, applications development and management, managed edge-to-cloud infrastructure services, BPO, systems integration and global data centers.

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