Adam Hjerpe is Chief Operating Officer – Growth Office at Optum, a UnitedHealth Group company, since February 2022 and is responsible for overall operating capability, growth performance and strategic initiative enablement. He assumed the Board Chair role in June 2022 to bring the 2026 Special Olympics USA Games to Minneapolis.
He joined UnitedHealth Group in 2004 to lead Program Management and Six Sigma Quality. He rejoined Optum in 2022 after leading Enterprise Client Optimization, starting the ProtectWell business during the COVID pandemic and serving four years as the Chief of Staff managing the office of the CEO. Previous assignments include UnitedHealth Group Corporate, UnitedHealthcare, R&D and Optum Health. He is a passionate ambassador and facilitator for Our United Culture and championing people with disabilities through sponsoring the Disability Inclusion movement.
Adam’s career includes a decade of work at General Electric, where he worked his way from call-center representative to Vice President, Operations. Additionally, he founded and served as President for the Strategic Solutions Exchange Group, a Six Sigma consulting firm.
During his professional career, Adam gained experience in general management, business development, operations, strategic growth, supply chain management, program management, Six Sigma quality, e-Commerce / digital, commercial finance, and client service. Adam earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota. He is also a graduate of the GE Management Training Program. He completed his executive education at the Wharton School of Business, Stanford University and UnitedHealth Group’s General Manager Development program. In his spare time, Hjerpe (pronounced Jurpy) is a coach, unified partner and volunteer for Special Olympics MN, advisory board member of Fraser Community Services, board member of the professional consulting practice of the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota and an avid Polar Bear Plunger and outdoor enthusiast.