The hCentive Leadership Team has over 80 years of combined healthcare, technology, and services experience. Our talented executives foster an open, thriving culture for all employees while ensuring continued commitment to our dedication to serving our clients.

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linkedin profile Sanjay Singh

Chief Executive Officer and President Optum State Government Solutions

I have been with Optum for over 16 years. I am President of Optum State Government Solutions. In this role, I assist state government with healthcare technology and outsourcing solutions.


Previously, I was the President of Optum Life Sciences for 3 years where I led global operations that served pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device clients to help them address the changing global competitive, economic and regulatory landscape, by demonstrating the value of their products throughout the commercialization process.


I also served as chief operating officer for OptumInsight for 5 years. In that role I led the operations for all market segments (payer, provider, life sciences and government) and 13,000 employees. I also led the capital committee for OptumInsight (technology and product-development) and was a member of UnitedHealth Group’s Operating committee. Prior to being the COO, I was the chief financial officer for OptumInsight and subsidiaries.


I have more than 35 years of experience in operations, finance, and mergers and acquisitions. Before joining Optum in 2002, I worked as a global managing partner for Arthur Andersen LLP and served on the firm’s National Healthcare Practice, responsible for directing consulting engagements for Payer, Provider, and Life Sciences clients. I also spent 8 years as chief financial officer and vice president of corporate development for Hunter-Keith, Inc., a Minneapolis-based private equity firm.


My volunteer activities include 10 years on the Board of Directors of Pillsbury United Communities, a Minneapolis-based social services agency. I am active in my church, previously serving on the church council, and on a Committee to support the education of Seminary students. I have a BA in accounting from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa and served on the President’s Council for 5 years. I am also a member of the American Association of Certified Public Accountants.


linkedin profile Sanjay Singh

Chief Product Officer and General Manager, Government Solutions

Derrick has over 20 years of software development and SaaS Solution experience. At hCentive, he is responsible for the overall strategic direction and day-to-day operations in building our high quality solutions for our government business. Derrick oversees Product Engineering, Implementation, SaaS Operations, and Government Business P&L, managing delivery operations on a global level with teams in the U.S. and abroad.


Prior to hCentive, Derrick was the Chief Technology Officer for Mediware Human Services, Senior Vice President of Product and Solutions Engineering at PeopleFluent and the Vice President of Product Engineering at JPMorgan Chase. During his time at these companies, he led globally distributed teams in engineering SaaS solutions and fast-growth enterprise software.


Derrick has a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland.


linkedin profile Ankur Verma

Chief Financial Officer

As Chief Financial Officer, Ankur is responsible for managing investor and board relations, company-wide financial planning, reporting, internal controls, and more across hCentive’s U.S. and India offices. He also oversees human resources, including compensation and benefits, talent management, leadership and employee development, rewards and recognition, organizational development, recruitment strategies, and operations at hCentive’s headquarters.


Ankur has over eighteen years of operational and strategic finance experience at multinational technology companies. Prior to hCentive, Ankur also worked at GlobalLogic and led its global merger and acquisition strategy, financial planning and analysis, as well as treasury and commercial functions.


Ankur has a Master of Business Administration in Finance and Marketing from the Indian School of Business. He also received his Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from the University of Delhi. Ankur is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD).


linkedin profile Jennifer Hamaker

Vice President of Market Development and Proposals

As the Vice President of Market Development and Proposals, Jennifer is accountable for building hCentive’s government healthcare technology solutions and services business. She oversees all aspects of government business development including sales, marketing, and proposals.


Jennifer has 15 years of experience, most of which is focused in healthcare technology and services. Her prior roles include Vice President of Proposals, Documentation, and Training at hCentive as well as Director of Proposals for Independent Living Systems.


Jennifer has a Bachelor of Science degree from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN. She is also certified at the Foundation Level through the Association for Proposal Management Professionals (APMP).