John Santelli

CIO, UnitedHealth Group, and EVP, Optum Technology


John Santelli leads Optum Technology, the leading technology delivery division of Optum serving the broad customer base of Optum and UnitedHealthcare. 

Santelli also serves as UnitedHealth Group’s chief information officer. In this capacity, he is responsible for technology strategy and delivery across the enterprise. Santelli joined UnitedHealth Group in 1986 and has extensive experience in software engineering and application development. He has served as the group’s CIO since 2007 and is credited for leading the enterprise architecture and foundational technology capabilities present within UnitedHealth Group.

Santelli has a strong background in the software engineering of high-volume transaction processing systems across administrative, financial and clinical related systems. He has played a pivotal role in technology growth and development at UnitedHealth Group, leading many transformative initiatives.

Santelli holds a master’s in software engineering from Union College, Schenectady, NY. He received his Bachelor of Science in computer science from State University of New York, Brockport.