Mike Leavitt is founder of Leavitt Partners, where he helps clients navigate the future as they transition to new and better models of care. Previously, 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, he was elected governor of Utah. He served three terms (1993-2003). In 2003, he joined the Cabinet of former President George W. Bush, serving first as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (2003-2005) and then as secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2005-2009). At HHS, he led the implementation of the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Program. His strategic ability can also be seen in his redesign of the nation’s system of quality and safety standards for imported goods.
Mr. Leavitt is also an entrepreneur. As governor, he organized a group of his colleagues to form Western Governors University. At WGU, degrees are earned based on competency rather than credit hours. Mr. Leavitt’s collaboration skills led his colleague governors to elect him as chairman of the National Governors Association, the Republican Governors Association and Western Governors’ Association. His 2013 book, Finding Allies, Building Alliances, chronicles his expertise and passion for collaboration. Mr. Leavitt is a seasoned diplomat, leading U.S. delegations to more than 50 countries. He has conducted negotiations on matters related to health, the environment and trade. The Chinese government awarded him the China Public Health Award, the first time the award has ever been given to a foreign government official.