SAN ANTONIO, Oct. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- United Allergy Services (UAS)™, the leading healthcare services company empowering providers and health systems to deliver safe and effective allergy testing and customized immunotherapy services, today announced that Brian Sassi has joined the UAS board of directors.
"The future of UAS looks bright and I look forward to working with the board, and a talented executive team to bring an innovative solution to the millions of individuals whose quality of life can be improved through effective treatment of their allergies," says Sassi. "Our healthcare system and patients will benefit from increasing the scope of services performed within the primary care setting and I'm excited to work with UAS in expanding this valuable service."
"In his former positions as a CEO and president of large and complex health insurance and healthcare services companies, Sassi has managed dynamic organizations with thousands of employees and billions of dollars in annual revenue," says Kevin Johnson, UAS CEO. "Brian brings this extensive experience at a crucial time as UAS evolves from a fast-paced startup to a maturing business. I look forward to working with Brian to build an enduring value-based delivery system on the primary care platform."
"The board welcomes Brian and is looking forward to his perspectives and input. His extensive leadership experience in managed care companies will provide a unique perspective that is critical as our business continues to grow," says Paul A. Bell, chairman.
Sassi has more than 25 years of experience in healthcare, including senior leadership positions with Blue Cross of California, Anthem BC Life & Health Insurance Company and Wellpoint, Inc. Most recently, Sassi was the president and CEO of the Consumer Division at Wellpoint, Inc.
During his 14 years with Wellpoint, Inc., Sassi achieved significant success in regional and international roles. While CEO of the Consumer Division at Wellpoint, Inc., he and his executive team doubled the operating gain, refreshed the company's corporate strategy to focus on long-term growth prospects and consolidated disparate marketing organizations into a single division. During his tenure as CEO of Blue Cross of California, Sassi successfully managed the company through significant organizational change and restructuring as well as achieved more than $100 million in cost of care savings through various initiatives.
Sassi has served on multiple organizations' boards over the past eight years including the California Chamber of Commerce, Wellpoint Foundation and most recently the Idyllwild Arts Academy in Idyllwild, Calif.
Sassi earned his bachelor's degree from California State University in Los Angeles and was named Alumnus of the Year in 2007. He and his family reside in California.
October 8, 2014