Addition Comes as Wellness Market Continues Accelerating and Applied Mindfulness Programs Become a Mainstream Corporate Benefit
eMindful, the provider of ROI-based applied mindfulness wellness programs to employers, has added Michael Gallagher as senior vice president of sales. Gallagher has more than 35 years’ experience in sales management and leadership roles with major health insurance carriers, health care delivery systems and wellness organizations.
Most recently he managed national accounts for The Vitality Group, a health and wellness company. Prior to that he was consistently a top producer, sales manager and executive for over 15 years with Kaiser Permanente, including six years in which he led national sales. Gallagher’s responsibilities with eMindful include growing the distribution channel with employee benefit consultants, brokers, insurance carriers and other partners. He also manages large private and public sector employer accounts.
In late 2014 eMindful received funding from Bridge Builders Collaborative to expand its management team and accelerate its market penetration, as the employer market for wellness services continued to strengthen. According to the industry market research firm IBISWorld, the employer wellness market exceeded $7 billion in 2014, and is expected to grow at a compounded rate of 9.4 percent annually through 2018, up from 5.6 percent during the period 2008 – 2014. IBIS found that 93 percent of companies plan to maintain or expand funding for wellness-based incentive programs over the next three to five years.
“eMindful’s bringing someone with Mike’s industry background is a testament to the company’s strong, emerging position in the employer wellness market,” said Liz Mariner, Executive Vice President with Re-Solutions Intermediaries, and a benefits industry executive of more than 30 years. “That established industry executives are gravitating to eMindful is further validation of mindfulness becoming a mainstream approach as employers look to maximize the health, productivity, and wellbeing of their employees.”
Gallagher holds an M.B.A. from Baldwin Wallace University and a B.A. from Michigan State University. He is a Certified Employee Benefit Specialist and ISCEBS Fellow with the International Foundation and Society of Certified Employee Benefit Specialists.
eMindful’s evidence-based wellness and disease management programs have been adopted by leading employers and health insurers such as NextEra Energy and Aetna to help target today’s biggest health cost drivers – stress, obesity, diabetes, smoking, cancer, and other conditions. The company offers consumers and employers convenient access to an internationally acclaimed team of instructors, available through live online courses where participants can see, hear, chat and talk with each other and their instructor.
The company’s Mindfulness at Work® program was recognized by the National Business Group on Health for innovation. Since 2007, eMindful’s corporate partners have averaged estimated savings of $8 for every $1 spent, reducing their healthcare costs while improving employees’ productivity, health and happiness. eMindful members have experienced results including 22 percent improved sleep, 37 percent decreased stress, 59 percent reversal of metabolic syndrome, and 40 percent success in smoking cessation. To learn more about eMindful or how to participate in a mindfulness program, visit eMindful.com
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