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Deborah DiSanzo      

President of Best Buy Health, Former General Manager of Watson Health, IBM

Deborah DiSanzo is president of Best Buy Health for Best Buy Co. Inc. In this role, she is responsible for the company’s health strategy, connecting people with technology to care for their health at home.

DiSanzo oversees Best Buy Health’s three focal areas of consumer health, active aging, and virtual care. She also leads the incubation, strategy and corporate development teams focused on scaling health initiatives at Best Buy.

DiSanzo is an innovative, strategic leader with more than 30 years of experience at the intersection of health care and technology. She is a recognized thought leader in artificial intelligence and big data, has deep experience in running industry-recognized innovative health care businesses, and has a demonstrated ability to drive growth—both organically and through acquisitions.

Prior to Best Buy, DiSanzo led the IBM Watson Health team, launching artificial intelligence offerings designed to help doctors, researchers, health care providers, pharmacists and insurers better serve patients around the world. Deborah DiSanzo was also CEO of Philips Healthcare, where she and her team brought consumer-grade, automatic defibrillators to the market, making them first available in public places then, ultimately, in the homes of Americans.


IBM Watson Health chief Deborah DiSanzo steps down from post
DiSanzo is moving to the strategy team for IBM Cognitive Solutions, which encompasses the company’s larger artificial intelligence and blockchain efforts, an IBM spokesperson told FierceMedTech. Meanwhile, Big Blue’s senior VP of cognitive solutions and IBM Research, John Kelly—who currently oversees the Watson program and its various efforts in fields including healthcare, financial services, education and the internet of things—will cover the vacancy going forward.

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