NCQA Welcomes Krishna Kandula as Chief Product Officer

Growth-driven executive will lead evolution of new and existing measurement, evaluation and improvement programs.

August 31, 2023

WASHINGTON, DC—The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) today announced the appointment of Krishna Kandula as Chief Product Officer. In this role, Kandula will lead key parts of NCQA’s efforts to advance the adoption of digitalization across the health care spectrum and improve the quality of care for all Americans.

Kandula is an accomplished, growth-driven health care leader with 20 years of experience bringing products, technology and solutions to the ever-evolving health care ecosystem. Prior to joining NCQA, he held product leadership roles at Optum, most recently as SVP Head of Product for Prospective Clinical Solutions. He also served as SVP Risk & Quality Solutions at Cotivity, one of NCQA’s largest HEDIS® vendors, where he built cross-discipline product capability from the ground up. As Chief Product Officer of NCQA, Kandula will manage the growth and evolution of new and existing health care measurement, evaluation and improvement programs.

“Krishna is a strong leader and collaborator with deep experience in complex, matrixed organizations,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. “He has demonstrated success in aligning business vision to initiate, implement and improve health care solutions. His expertise will complement the talents of the NCQA teams working to develop and manage our diverse quality solutions, and I’m excited to welcome him to NCQA.”

About NCQA

NCQA is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA Accredits and Certifies a wide range of health care organizations. It also Recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA’s Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) is the most widely used performance measurement tool in health care. In recognition for its leadership in diversity, equity and inclusion, NCQA has won the Excellence in Diversity Award from the Chesapeake Human Resources Association. NCQA’s website ( contains information to help consumers, employers and others make informed health care choices. NCQA can also be found at Twitter @ncqa and on LinkedIn at

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