Successful Placements: Benefitfocus – Chief Data Officer And EVP, Product & Engineering – ON Partners

Nov 2, 2020

Benefitfocus builds leadership team with the appointment of a Chief Data Officer and an Executive Vice President, Product & Engineering

Experienced data science executive, John Thomas, joins Benefitfocus’ leadership team, and experienced customer-focused technologist, Ravi Metta, brings product innovation and platform transformation expertise to build on company’s strong technical foundation


Benefitfocus, Inc. (NASDAQ: BNFT), a benefits technology platform enabling rapid innovation for employers, health plans and consumers, announced the appointment of John Thomas to the newly created role of chief data officer, and the appointment of Ravi Metta to the newly created role of executive vice president, product and engineering.

John Thomas will lead the company’s data strategy and work with its technology organization to define and deliver new data-driven applications that delight Benefitfocus’ customers and strengthen its market-leading benefits technology platform.

“Benefitfocus has an incredible data advantage in the market,” said Steve Swad, Benefitfocus president & CEO. “John’s proven record leading data transformations will be instrumental to our product innovation and our mission to make lives better with benefits.”

Thomas has more than a decade of data experience in mobile analytics, customer journey optimization, social media and online advertising. He formerly served as executive vice president of data science at Red Ventures, is the current president of the Analytics & Big Data Society, and is an advisory board member for Wake Forest University’s Masters of Business Analytics program. Thomas holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in computer science from Dartmouth College and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and computer science from Gettysburg College.

Read the full press release from Benefitfocus about John Thomas and his new role here.

Ravi Metta will play an important role in leading the company into a new era of customer-focused product innovation and operational excellence. He will report directly to Steve Swad, president and chief executive officer of Benefitfocus.

Metta brings to Benefitfocus more than 20 years of experience in technology leadership, product development and digital transformation at prominent technology companies. Most recently, he served as vice president of enterprise platforms and product development at Intuit and was a member of its core technology executive leadership team. Metta was responsible for delivering platform strategy and products that made financial software simple. He also led Intuit’s transformation to the cloud and secured product-led partnerships with some of the world’s top technology companies. Prior to his roles at Intuit, Metta held technology and product leadership roles at Dun & Bradstreet, Dell, and Sabre. Metta earned a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Nagarjuna University and a master’s degree in Engineering from The University of Texas.

About Benefitfocus


Benefitfocus (NASDAQ: BNFT) unifies the entire U.S. benefits industry on a single technology platform to protect consumers for life. Our powerful cloud-based software, data-driven insights and thoughtfully-designed services enable employers, insurance brokers, health plans and suppliers to simplify the complexity of benefits administration and deliver health, wealth, property and lifestyle products through a world-class benefits experience. Learn more at, LinkedIn and  Twitter.

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