The Vitality Group has expanded its executive team following the successful launch of its partnership with John Hancock Insurance.
Executive promotions include Derek Yach as chief health officer, Steve van der Watt as CEO of new Vitality entity, Stephen Mitchley as chief strategy officer, Sean Katz as chief information officer and Brad Beckman as chief operating officer.
New staff appointments and promotions include Karen Kaplan as vice president of product development, Keith Karem as vice president of marketing, Kenneth Sloan as vice president of sales and Mark Smith as chief sales officer.
"These additions and new appointments of our executive staff strengthen our ability and capacity for growth," Alan Pollard, CEO of The Vitality Group, said. "We are well-positioned to continue developing the most sound and effective wellness program to help our clients have healthy and productive employees."
The Vitality Institute was launched two years ago by Discovery Ltd., the South African insurance company, as part of its commitment to health promotion and well-being programs that advance social good.
The Institute's dual purpose was strengthening the science underpinning prevention and health promotion, and elevating the discourse to reflect a more evidence-based approach to chronic disease prevention.
The Institute has become accepted by lead media, government, corporations and academics as a "go-to" place for leadership and insights on adult health promotion, prevention and workplace health.
"The Institute has made enormous progress during its tenure and after careful consideration, we've determined that the time is ripe for the Institute to evolve to a new phase for optimal global impact," Adrian Gore, CEO of Discovery, said. "Current initiatives run by the Vitality Institute will be completed towards the end of 2015, at which point key projects will be internalized within Vitality to take implementation to the next level both in the U.S. and across our other markets."