Leadership

Anne Wojcicki
  • Anne Wojcicki
  • CEO and Co-Founder

Anne co-founded 23andMe in 2006, three years after the first human genome was sequenced. Her goal was audacious: to help people access, understand, and benefit from the human genome and fundamentally change healthcare in the process. Prior to founding 23andMe, Anne spent a decade on Wall Street investing in healthcare and felt frustrated by a system built around monetizing illness instead of incentivizing prevention. She wanted to flip that model on its head and build a business that helps people prevent illness rather than profit from it. Anne focused on empowering people with direct access to genetic information so that they could use their data to make decisions that could lower their risks for disease. Under her leadership, 23andMe now provides the only personal genetic test with FDA authorization to deliver health information directly to consumers.

From the beginning, Anne's goal and 23andMe’s mission has not wavered. Along with empowering consumers with health information, Anne wanted 23andMe to transform how research discoveries are made and revolutionize the development of treatments for disease. By inviting people to participate in research, 23andMe is able to crowdsource billions of data points resulting in the world’s largest resource for genetic research. This novel, web-based approach has already resulted in thousands of new genetic insights and allows 23andMe to rapidly recruit participants to multiple studies at once, reducing the time and resources needed to make discoveries and is integral to 23andMe’s mission of understanding and benefiting from the human genome This new approach to research also powers 23andMe’s therapeutics group, which is helping to translate this knowledge into new treatments for serious unmet medical needs. In line with this, 23andMe is now also using its unique model to speed recruitment for clinical trials.

Anne is a pioneer in the direct-to-consumer DNA testing space and her vision and persistence have allowed 23andMe to provide people with unprecedented access to genetic information. Through its research platform, 23andMe has brought personalized medicine directly to millions of consumers.

Anne graduated from Yale University with a BS in Biology.

Kenneth Hillan, M.B., Ch.B.
  • Kenneth Hillan, M.B., Ch.B.
  • Chief Therapeutics Officer

Kenneth joined 23andMe in 2019 as Head of Therapeutics. He leads a dedicated discovery research and therapeutic development team that uses human genetic data to identify and pursue novel therapies for common and rare diseases.

At Achaogen, Hillan served as Chief Executive Officer. He held progressively senior roles at Genentech-Roche including Senior Vice President and Head of Clinical Development and Product Development Strategy Asia-Pacific for Roche in Shanghai, China. He led the medical and scientific strategies for Genentech’s Immunology, Tissue Growth and Repair (ITGR) drug portfolio, and was responsible for numerous drug approvals.

Hillan is a member of the board of directors at Zymeworks. He served on the board of directors at Achaogen, and at Relypsa until it was acquired by Galenica AG in 2016.

He holds an M.B. Ch.B. (Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery) degree from the

Faculty of Medicine at the University of Glasgow, U.K. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS, Glasg), and a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists (FRCPath). He has authored dozens of scientific publications and is a named inventor on almost 50 issued patents.
Joyce Tung, Ph.D.
  • Joyce Tung, Ph.D.
  • Vice President, Research
Joyce joined 23andMe in 2007 and leads the 23andMe research team, which is responsible for consumer health and ancestry research and development, academic and industry collaborations, computational analyses for therapeutics, and new research methods and tools development. While a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University, Joyce studied the genetics of mouse and human pigmentation. She earned her Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of California, San Francisco where she was a National Science Foundation graduate research fellow.
Kathy Hibbs, J.D.
  • Kathy Hibbs, J.D.
  • Chief Administrative Officer
Kathy Hibbs, Esq. joined 23andMe as Chief Legal and Regulatory Officer in 2014. Kathy brings more than 20 years of legal and management expertise in the clinical laboratory and medical device industries to 23andMe. Prior to joining 23andMe, Kathy served as senior vice president and general counsel, responsible for the legal, regulatory and business development functions at Genomic Health, Inc. Kathy has also held related posts at Monogram Biosciences Inc., and Varian Medical Systems, Inc.. Kathy is active in several industry groups including the American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA), the Coalition for 21st Century Medicine and the Personalized Medicine Coalition (PMC). Kathy holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Hastings School of Law, and a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science, from the University of California, Riverside.
Steve Lemon
  • Steve Lemon
  • Executive Advisor
Steve Lemon serves in the role of Executive Advisor, helping to power the next generation of leaders and growth at 23andMe. Steve joined 23andMe in 2010 and led the technology and product development as VP of Engineering. Over those 12 years, Steve built and scaled the technical team and platform from thousands of tests per year to over 13 million, enabling 23andMe's world-leading database and direct-to-consumer genetic service. Prior to 23andMe, Steve served in executive leadership and technology development positions at Loopt, Glimpse, Symantec, Cendura, Healtheon/WebMD, Apple, and Xerox. He holds three U.S. patents in the area of Object Oriented Operating System Technology. Steve received a BS in Computer Science from The Ohio State University.
Arnab Chowdry, Ph.D.
  • Arnab Chowdry, Ph.D.
  • Vice President, Genetic Technology

Arnab joined 23andMe in 2009 and is the architect of 23andMe’s platform for processing genetic data. Among other duties, Arnab oversees the design and analytic validity of our genotyping technology.

Over the years he has been instrumental in several successful upgrades of our testing infrastructure, as well as ensuring that the data from new genotyping chips work seamlessly with 23andMe’s product and research platform. Before joining 23andMe, Arnab earned his Ph.D. in Biophysics from the University of California at Berkeley, where he studied computational protein design, and developed protein inhibitors for breast cancer metastasis with Dr. Tracy Handel. Before that received a SmileTrain grant for his work with Dr. Simeon Boyadjiev at the Johns Hopkins Children's Hospital to determine the disease-causing loci for rare genetic conditions such as oculodentodigital dysplasia.

Originally from Rochester, New York, Arnab has been interested in genetics since childhood.

Katie Watson
  • Katie Watson
  • Vice President, Communications

Katie joined 23andMe in 2018 to lead the company’s internal and external communications efforts. In her role, Katie is responsible for driving the overall communications strategy and messaging for the company, with a focus on creative storytelling.

Prior to joining 23andMe, Katie spent 11 years helping lead product communications at Google, where she launched popular products like Google Photos and the Google Assistant. During her time there, she advised and worked closely with product leadership teams to build long-term narratives and create compelling media campaigns. Prior to Google, Katie was an Account Director and Partner at tech PR agency LEWIS PR.

She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Media Relations, and minor in Business Administration from the University of San Diego.

Mike Polcari
  • Mike Polcari
  • Vice President, Chief Architect

Mike Polcari joined the company in 2008 helped build the team of engineers who develop the company’s core technology, and scale the research platform. Mike’s team is focused on architecture across 23andMe's commercial products, including the Personal Genome Service, Commercial Research Portal, and API platform.

Previously, he held engineering roles developing highly secure, scalable, intuitive applications at Salesforce.com and Merrill Lynch. His expertise has been leveraged to inform technical messaging needed to articulate the underlying system that powers and protects genetic information of 23andMe customers.

Mike holds a BS in Computer Science from Cornell University and a MS in Biomedical Informatics from Stanford University.

David Baker
  • David Baker
  • Chief Security Officer and Head of Engineering

David Baker joined 23andMe in 2020 as Chief Security Officer, overseeing IT & Security for the company and helping it set the industry standard for data privacy and security.

Over the last two decades, David built deep industry experience in creating secure systems and architecture. Before coming to 23andMe, he worked as the Chief Security Officer at Bugcrowd and Okta. David also spent time as the vice president of services for IOActive and was the security architect at Webex Communications. He started his career as a research scientist for NASA Ames, working on high-performance computational fluid dynamics simulations, a position that first sparked his interest in scientific computing.

David earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at California State Polytechnic University-Pomona and his master’s degree in aeronautical engineering at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo. He is a competitive cyclist and runner.

Jacquie Haggarty
  • Jacquie Cooke
  • General Counsel and Privacy Officer

Jacquie joined 23andMe in 2015 and is General Counsel and Privacy Officer. She is responsible for the development and execution of legal and compliance strategies and systems to support unprecedented innovation and access in consumer-driven health care. Leading 23andMe's data privacy policies and practices, Jacquie is passionate about disrupting the traditional healthcare system by putting consumers in control of their data and providing transparency around how their data is used.

Prior to 23andMe, she served as Senior Commercial Counsel at Genomic Health focused on international legal and health care compliance. Jacquie started her legal career at Latham & Watkins, working with a diverse portfolio of public and private companies on securities, employment, and general commercial litigation. Jacquie earned her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, her Master in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School, and her B.A. from U.C. Berkeley.

Jennifer Low, MD, Ph.D.
  • Jennifer Low, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Head of Therapeutics Development

Jennifer Low joined 23andMe in 2018 as Head of Therapeutics Development. She oversees the transition of potential therapeutics from 23andMe's research laboratories into clinical development studies.

Jennifer has considerable drug development experience and has most recently worked as a consultant and advisor to biotech CEOs and investors on their drug development strategies. She has been the Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President of Research and Development at Loxo Oncology where she oversaw the clinical development of Vitrakvi (Trk inhibitor). Prior to that, she was a Senior Group Director at Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, where she oversaw the Erivedge (hedgehog), Zelboraf (b-RAF), and Cotellic (mek) clinical development programs among many others.

She received her undergraduate degree from Caltech, her M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Georgetown, and completed her internal medicine residency at the University of California Davis, her medical oncology fellowship at the National Cancer Institute, and was a Senior Investigator at the Cancer Therapeutics Evaluation Program at NCI and an attending physician in breast cancer at the National Institutes of Health and the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda. She has co-authored papers appearing in the New England Journal of Medicine, Science, Cancer Discovery, Journal of Clinical Oncology, and Nature Reviews Cancer.

Adam Auton, Ph.D.
  • Adam Auton, Ph.D.
  • Vice President, Human Genetics
Adam joined 23andMe in 2015. Adam Auton is the Vice President of Human Genetics at 23andMe and is responsible for computational approaches to target discovery via statistical genetics and computational biology. Before joining 23andMe, Adam was an assistant professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where his group developed algorithmic approaches for using large-scale genomic data to understand human population genetics. Adam earned his DPhil in statistics from Oxford University, before completing his post-doctoral training at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics at Oxford, and Cornell University.
Kent Hillyer
  • Kent Hillyer
  • Vice President, Consumer Operations

Kent Hillyer joined 23andMe in October 2013 and is currently Vice President, Customer Care.

He has overseen the growth of 23andMe’s exceptional Customer Care operation, managing teams spread throughout the world. The support operation is now rated ahead of companies such as Zappos and Nordstrom, according to established third-party benchmark platforms. Prior to coming to 23andMe, Kent worked as the Director of Customer Support, Training, and Commercial Operations at Ingenuity Systems where he served in various senior positions in operations, strategic planning, and process design.

Kent holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Colorado State University and an MBA from the University of Denver.

Monica Viziano, Ph.D.
  • Monica Viziano, Ph.D.
  • Vice President, Portfolio Strategy and Alliance Management

Monica Viziano joined 23andMe in 2020 as VP Portfolio Strategy and Alliance Management. She oversees the Business Development, Alliance Management, and Project Management groups.

Monica has considerable experience in the Pharmaceutical and Biotech Industry. She has participated in the development and commercialization of drugs across multiple therapeutic areas such as Inflammation, Oncology, HIV, HBV, CV, and CNS.

She worked at Gilead for 18 years. During her tenure at Gilead, she developed and maintained the most important and complex alliance collaborations. She was involved in the development of several drugs at Gilead, including TRUVADA, ATRIPLA, STRIBILD, and GENVOYA. Monica participated in several business development transactions, including in-licensing and partnerships with Japan Tobacco, ONO Pharmaceuticals, and Galapagos. Prior to joining Gilead, Monica worked at Schering-Plough and GSK.

Monica received her degree in Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technologies at the University of Milan.

Walke
  • D. Wade Walke, Ph.D.
  • Vice President, Investor Relations

Wade joined 23andMe in 2021 to lead the company’s investor relations efforts. He has extensive background in developing and implementing strategic investor relations programs within the biotech space. He has dedicated his professional efforts toward working with companies that are striving to translate science into benefits for people in need.

Prior to joining 23andMe, Wade spent nine years at Ionis Pharmaceuticals, a leading company in RNA-targeted drug discovery and development, where he most recently served as Vice President of Investor Relations. During his time there, he was ranked as one of the top IR professionals three years in a row (2017–2019) by Institutional Investor magazine's "All-American Executive Team" (Biotechnology) rankings.

Prior to joining Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Wade also spent 13 years at Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, where he began as a Scientist and worked his way up to Associate Director of Bioinformatics in the Department of Functional Genomics. From there, he pivoted to lead Communications and Investor Relations for the company, a role in which he oversaw the implementation of a targeted program of IR activities. Wade holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University and Ph.D. and Master of Science degrees from the University of Michigan.

Joseph R. Arron, MD, PhD
  • Joseph R. Arron, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Chief Scientific Officer
Joseph Arron earned an undergraduate degree from Princeton University, completed a combined M.D.-Ph.D. degree at Cornell University Medical College and the Rockefeller University, and conducted postdoctoral studies at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Arron worked at Genentech from 2006-2021, where his laboratory discovered pathogenic mechanisms and molecular bases for heterogeneity in respiratory disorders, enabling target and biomarker discovery for numerous investigational molecular therapies and over 75 publications. As VP of Immunology Research, he also led a department of >20 laboratories responsible for target and biomarker discovery, translational research, and preclinical therapeutic development in inflammatory, autoimmune, fibrotic, and ophthalmic diseases. In 2021, Dr. Arron joined 23andMe Therapeutics as Chief Scientific Officer, leading target discovery, translational research, and preclinical drug development for diseases associated with human genetic variation.
Paul Johnson
  • Paul Johnson
  • Vice President, Europe

Paul joined 23andMe in 2021 as part of the Lemonaid Health acquisition. Paul now leads our UK and European activities.

Prior to 23andMe, Paul moved to the U.S. to be the co-founder and CEO of Lemonaid Health, a leading telehealth company launched in 2013. Lemonaid Health was the first direct to consumer telehealth service in the US and was the first company to provide access to birth control pills via a mobile app.

Prior to Lemonaid Health, Paul was Head of Online at Lloyds Pharmacy and Director, UK at Zooplus AG. He has a Bachelors of Science, with honors in IT and Business Management from the University of Worcester in the UK.

Jeff Brown
  • Jeff Brown
  • Vice President, Financial Planning and Analysis

Jeff Brown joined 23andMe in 2022 as the company’s Head of Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A).

Prior to 23andMe, Jeff spent over 18 years at Amgen in various roles within the Finance organization. Jeff held several leadership positions at Amgen, including 13 years across R&D FP&A and Commercial FP&A. Most recently, he was the project lead in successfully delivering on a large procure-to-pay transformation initiative.

Jeff has over 25 years of experience in Accounting and Finance across biotech and consumer products. Jeff began his career spending four years in Audit at Ernst & Young, LLP. He then moved to the consumer products industry prior to joining Amgen.

Jeff received his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the University of Washington. He is also a Certified Public Accountant (Inactive).

Noura
  • Noura Abul-Husn, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Vice President, Genomic Health

Noura joined 23andMe in 2022 as Vice President of Genomic Health, overseeing the development of genome-informed disease prevention and management strategies.

Noura is a physician scientist whose work aims to uncover the clinical impact of human genetic variation in diverse populations and drive the large-scale, equitable implementation of genomic medicine. She is known for pioneering genome-first approaches using electronic health record-linked biobanks to provide novel clinical insights, inform therapeutic discovery, and implement genomic medicine programs tailored to ancestrally diverse populations. Her work has been published in leading journals, including Science, Cell, and the New England Journal of Medicine.

Noura is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. Prior to joining 23andMe, she was the founding Chief of Genomic Medicine in the Department of Medicine and Clinical Director of the Institute for Genomic Health at Mount Sinai. She previously served as Director of Translational Genetics at the Regeneron Genetics Center, during which time she received a 40 under 40 Rising Star Award. She is the recipient of the 2021 Dr. Michael S. Watson Genetic and Genomic Medicine Innovation Award from the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) Foundation.

Noura received her undergraduate degree from Queen’s University in Canada. She received her M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. She completed a combined residency in Internal Medicine and Medical Genetics at Mount Sinai, and is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Medical Genetics.

Savita Pillai
  • Savita Pillai
  • Vice President, People

Savita Pillai first joined 23andMe in early 2018, as the Director of People Systems & Operations where she focused on building automation and process efficiency for the People team. She helped implement 23andMe’s first HRIS system and with that laid the foundation of setting the function up for scalable operations. Over the following four years, she took on many other responsibilities, including HR Business Partner and Compensation Planning & Analysis. In early 2022, Savita joined a San Francisco-based software startup to head up their HR department, however she re-joined 23andMe as VP of People in August 2022.

Savita began her career in Mumbai as a Software (Application) Developer for an enterprise resource planning company before coming to the US in the early 2000s to work as an HR & Finance IT Analyst. She worked for companies including Altera (now part of Intel), Tibco, Taleo (now part of Oracle) and Infinera during which time she discovered a passion for HR operations, leading operational efficiency and compliance within the HR function.

With her non-traditional background, Savita enjoys shaping HR policies and operations through a values and data-driven approach.

Jon Ward
  • Jon Ward
  • Chief Marketing Officer

Jon joined 23andMe as CMO in 2022 to lead the company’s global marketing efforts. His team is responsible for driving the consumer business while building the company’s brand into a leader in health and wellness.

Prior to 23andMe, Jon was Chief Marketing Officer for health insurer Sidecar Health, and grew the business in 18 states and channels including direct-to-consumer, broker and employer.

Between 2012 and 2019, Jon was a Vice President at 23andMe, leading a range of initiatives including international markets expansion, retail/Amazon sales, business development and acquisition marketing. Jon has also held executive leadership positions at eHarmony, AOL and McKinsey and Company.

Jon has a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from Williams College, and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

Joe Selsavage
  • Joe Selsavage
  • Interim Chief Financial Officer and Interim Chief Accounting Officer

Joe Selsavage joined 23andMe in November 2021 through the acquisition of Lemonaid Health. Joining Lemonaid Health as Chief Financial Officer in 2020, Joe now serves as 23andMe’s Interim Chief Financial Officer and Interim Chief Accounting Officer.

Joe has over 25 years of experience in Accounting and Finance across multiple organizations. Before joining Lemonaid Health, from 2018 to 2020, Joe was a consultant at Red Eclipse Consulting, where he provided accounting and financial systems consulting services. Prior to that, Joe served as the Chief Financial Officer of Metromile, and as the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and in other financial roles at Hotwire.com (Expedia, Inc.). Prior to 2001, Joe held various finance and accounting roles.

Joe received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Financial Management and his Master of Arts degree in Accountancy from Catholic University and received his Master of Business Administration degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also an active Certified Public Accountant.

Dan Chu
  • Daniel Chu
  • Chief Product Officer

Dan Chu joined 23andMe as Chief Product Officer in September 2022, as the company embarks on transforming healthcare to deliver a more personalized experience.

Prior to 23andMe, Dan was the Chief Product Officer for Waymo where he launched the world's first commercial fully autonomous ride-hailing service. He oversaw the product management, program management, UX design/research, industrial design, product data science and strategy teams for Waymo. Before Waymo, Dan led the Google Maps platform product team, which included the Google Maps API, one of the most popular APIs of all time.

He holds a B.S. and AB from Stanford University, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School.

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