Gauge Capital hires healthcare industry veteran Austin Pittman as an operating partner

Austin Pittman joined after holding executive roles at UnitedHealth Group, most recently as chief executive officer of OptumCare. 

Gauge Capital hired Austin Pittman as an operating partner to focus on the firm’s healthcare portfolio companies and provide insight into new opportunities. Pittman joined after holding executive roles at UnitedHealth Group, most recently as chief executive officer of OptumCare.

Press Release

Gauge Capital (“Gauge” or “the Firm”), a leading growth-oriented lower middle market private equity firm, announces the appointment of Austin Pittman as an Operating Partner effective immediately. Mr. Pittman will advise on Gauge’s current healthcare portfolio companies in addition to providing insight on new potential opportunities.

Mr. Pittman is a veteran in the healthcare industry with over 25 years of experience. Prior to Gauge, he held multiple key executive roles at UnitedHealth Group, most recently as Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) of OptumCare, the largest ambulatory care and physician organization in the U.S. At OptumCare, he was accountable for a $27 billion business and the development of its executive and clinical leadership teams. Previously, as CEO of United HealthCare Community & State, Mr. Pittman led a $40 billion enterprise and one of the largest Medicaid platforms in the country. In this role, he redesigned clinical programs to focus on communities, specific populations, and individual people resulting in market leading growth and financial performance. Prior to UnitedHealth, Mr. Pittman was the President of the Texas and Oklahoma markets for PacifiCare Health Systems.

“We are very excited to have Austin join the team. He has a proven track record as an operator, having led multiple billion-dollar businesses for UnitedHealth. We look forward to leveraging Austin’s experiences as we continue to grow our healthcare portfolio,” said Stan Dennis, Managing Director at Gauge.

“I am really excited to be working with the team at Gauge Capital, helping to grow the companies within their healthcare portfolio as well as expanding their already impressive reach into the healthcare market,” said Austin Pittman.

About Gauge Capital (www.gaugecapital.com)

Gauge Capital is a private equity firm that partners with owners, managers, and equity stakeholders of successful middle market companies to maximize their potential. Gauge focuses on investing in growing services and technology-enabled companies in the business, consumer, healthcare, industrial, and food sectors. For more information, please contact Andrew Peix, Principal and Director of Business Development at apeix@gaugecapital.com.