VC-backed ABILITY Network appoints new CEO

Minneapolis-based healthcare information technology company ABILITY Network has named Mark A. Pulido as its new CEO. The appointment becomes effective August 31. Pulido will be succeeding Mark Briggs who is retiring. Pulido will remain in his position as chairman of ABILITY Network’s board. Pulido is a former executive at Freeman Spogli & Company. ABILITY Network’s backers include Summit Partners and Bain Capital Ventures.


MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Aug. 19, 2015 – ABILITY Network, a leading healthcare information technology company, announced today that Mark Briggs is retiring from his position as Chief Executive Officer.

After an extensive search, the ABILITY Board of Directors elected Mark A. Pulido as the new CEO, effective August 31. Pulido continues in his role as Chairman of the Board and first joined the ABILITY Board of Directors in 2011.

“I am absolutely thrilled to become the next CEO of ABILITY,” said Pulido. “We have an innovative platform, a tremendous leadership team that has delivered strong year-over-year growth, and an exciting future.”

Pulido is a nationally recognized expert with over three decades of leadership experience in healthcare. During the last decade, he focused on private equity and investing initiatives as an Industry Executive at Freeman Spogli & Company and served on the boards of a number of portfolio companies.

“Mark Pulido has been an influential and significant leader in the healthcare industry, closely connected with ABILITY for many years. He’s a great fit for a high-growth company that is focused on innovation in healthcare. The Board is pleased he has accepted the position to lead ABILITY as the company continues its growth trajectory,” said Darren Black, member of the ABILITY Board of Directors and Managing Director at Summit Partners.

Briggs, who is retiring to spend more time with his family, also welcomed Pulido as his successor. “All of us at ABILITY are thrilled to welcome Mark as the company continues its incredible growth forward. Having worked with Mark these past few years, I can think of no better leader for this next phase of ABILITY’s journey and am so pleased with how this transition has gracefully occurred,” noted Briggs, who will continue to be a Director on the ABILITY Board.

Previously Pulido was the Chairman of BenefitPoint, Inc., a venture capital-backed employee benefits technology company, where he also served as its President and Chief Executive Officer. Pulido served as President and CEO of McKesson Corporation, a Fortune 15 healthcare services and information technology company. He also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, USA (formerly Sandoz), a research-based pharmaceutical manufacturer, and Red Line Healthcare Corporation, a specialty long-term care distribution and medical billing company.

He also served on the Board of Directors of Quidel Corporation, a provider of diagnostic testing solutions; Sunrise Medical Inc., a medical equipment manufacturer; Smile Brands Group, a dental practice management company; Charles Schwab Corporation, a financial services company; and Imation Corporation, a technology company.

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Pulido has also been active in community service, including as a past president of the Board of Trustees of The Bishop’s School, an independent college preparatory school in La Jolla, California, and as a past trustee of Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the Sanford-Burnham Institute for Medical Research.

Pulido holds a B.S. degree in Pharmacy from the University of Arizona, College of Pharmacy, and an M.S. degree in Pharmacy Administration from the University of Minnesota.

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