Rich McKeown is the President and CEO of Leavitt Partners. The partnership advises clients in the health care and food safety sectors. As the chief executive officer, McKeown leads a group of experienced professionals who help clients enter new markets, enhance the value of their products, navigate dynamic regulatory and reimbursement systems and improve living conditions around the world.
In a previous role, Mr. McKeown served as Chief of Staff for Michael O. Leavitt at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. At HHS, he directed and coordinated the activities of the largest department in the federal government, serving as the Secretary’s day-to-day manager for a department that employed 67,000 people and had a budget in excess of 740-billion dollars. From November 2003 until January 2005, Mr. McKeown served as Senior Counselor and Chief of Staff to Administrator Leavitt at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Michael O. Leavitt is the founder and Chairman of Leavitt Partners where he helps clients navigate the future as they transition to new and better models of care. In previous roles, Leavitt served in the Cabinet of President George W. Bush (Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and Secretary of Health and Human Services) and as a three-time elected governor of Utah.
In 1984, he became chief executive of The Leavitt Group, a family business that is now the nation’s second largest, privately-held insurance brokerage. In 1993, Leavitt was elected governor of Utah. He served three terms (1993-2003). In 2003, he joined the Cabinet of President George W. Bush, serving in two positions: first as leader of the Environmental Protection Agency and then as secretary of Health and Human Services. At HHS, Leavitt administered a $750 billion budget — nearly 25 percent of the entire federal budget — and 67,000 employees.
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