Prior Secretary of NC Health and Human Services, Board Member of Eventus WholeHealth
The son of Yugoslavian immigrants, Rick brings over twenty years of president and CEO level leadership experience operating within venture, private equity, public (IPO), and public service (cabinet level government) environments.
He has led businesses through a broad variety of complex challenges including market conversions to new clinical standards of care, turnaround to growth, merger, change in service delivery models, and shift from private company to public company status (IPO).
Rick began his career at Procter & Gamble and at McKinsey & Company, environments deeply ingrained with proud teams, proud cultures and fact-based decision making. From 1990 to 2002, he held various leadership roles at Becton Dickinson, ultimately serving as an executive officer of the corporation and president of its worldwide diagnostics sector. Following Becton Dickinson, Rick led LipoScience, Inc., a venture-backed, personalized diagnostic company, as the company’s CEO from turn-around stage, through the growth stage, to the successful initial public offering (IPO) in January 2013.
Recently, Rick led system-wide reform efforts through public service, as North Carolina's Secretary of Health and Human Services. This was a cabinet-level position for a $20 billion agency with approximately 15,000 employees. The system-level change included Medicaid reform, mental health and substance use system redesign, construction of state-operated psychiatric hospitals, integrating data analytics into program operations, and new program initiatives targeted at improving the population health and work readiness of North Carolina's 10 million citizens.
Rick earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University and a Master of Business Administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.