Push Dr’s CEO and founder steps down

Push Doctor’s CEO, Eren Ozagir, has resigned from the company amid reports that he and the board disagreed on the direction the company was taking.

As reported in the Sunday Times, Ozagir stepped down due to a difference in opinion with the company’s board. It’s also reported that staff were told that the board was planning to cut up to 40 jobs.

Interestingly, in May this year Push Doctor opened a Digital Health Campus in Manchester that would act as a space to be used by healthtech organisations. As part of the announcement, Ozagir stated that Push Doctor would be looking to add 60 employees to the business by the end of the year.

It’s possible that Ozagir’s intentions to hire more staff clashed with the board’s desire to cut jobs.

In a press statement about Ozagir’s departure, Susanne Given, chairman of Push Doctor, said: “Eren can be proud of the role he has played in pioneering digital health and establishing Push Doctor as a recognised consumer brand in digital primary care. He leaves with the best wishes of the board and colleagues.”

His replacement Wais Shaifta has previously worked at online wellness service Treatwell and is now acting as interim CEO.

“Having stepped into the CEO role in July I have been able to work with the senior team to assess our position as we regularly do. Our strategy is clear. We will continue to focus on our upcoming NHS proposition, drive further innovation in our best in class digital health service, and of course continue to use the benefits of digital to deliver a safe, effective and class leading experience.

“We retain our senior leadership team including our chief technology officer and co-founder Matt Elcock, our chairman Susanne Given, and Dan Bunstone, our new chief medical officer. We also continue to seek to appoint both a CFO and CPO as was previously the case,” Shaifta said.


Reece Armstrong is a reporter for Digital Health Age. Coming from the North East of England, Reece has an MA in Media & Journalism and a BA in Popular & Contemporary Music from Newcastle University. Reach him on Twitter or email via: reece.armstrong@rapidnews.com

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