Derek Newell

Derek Newell


Head of Commercial


Virta Health


Derek Newell is the Head of Commercial at Virta Health where he oversees sales, marketing, and customer success.

Derek joined Virta in 2019 and brings with him a 20-year track record of success growing and leading innovative healthcare technology and service companies. Prior to Virta, Derek was the CEO of Jiff, the first company of its kind to have a digital health ecosystem connected to its employee engagement platform. In 2017, he sold Jiff to Castlight, where he went on to be director and president, leading Sales, Marketing, Technology, Product, and Customer Success for the digital navigation company.

Earlier in his career, Derek was the CEO of Health Hero, pioneer of the first internet-connected medical device approved by the FDA. After growing it into the largest remote patient monitoring company, he sold it 2008 to Robert Bosch Healthcare, where he serve as president of Bosch’s healthcare activities worldwide. Derek also served as the Chief Marketing Officer LifeMasters, a leading disease management company, growing it from less than $10M to over $150M in annual revenue during his 5 year tenure.

Derek completed his BS in Molecular and Cell Biology, MBA, and MPH in Health Policy and Administration from The University of California, Berkeley. After graduation, he spent 4 years in the Peace Corps in Southern Africa. In his spare time, Derek enjoys running and gardening with his wife.