For­mer Glax­o­SmithK­line CEO An­drew Wit­ty takes the helm at Unit­ed­Health; Af­ter more than a decade, Daniel Chung is back on a fa­mil­iar project

Af­ter re­port­ed­ly hint­ing that he was con­sid­er­ing leav­ing the helm of Unit­ed­Health Group’s Op­tum unit, Sir An­drew Wit­ty has land­ed a big pro­mo­tion.

The for­mer Glax­o­SmithK­line CEO is step­ping up as Unit­ed­Health’s next CEO, tak­ing the place of David Wich­mann, who re­cent­ly an­nounced his re­tire­ment af­ter spend­ing less than four years in the role.

The move comes a few months af­ter Wit­ty re­turned from an un­paid leave to help the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion’s vac­cine ef­fort, ac­cord­ing to the com­pa­ny. The pro­mo­tion is ef­fec­tive im­me­di­ate­ly, though Wich­mann will stay on board through March to help with the tran­si­tion.

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