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Posted on Mon, Aug 2, 2010 : 4:53 p.m.

Johnson & Johnson appoints successor to former HealthMedia President Ted Dacko

By Nathan Bomey

Ann Arbor-based health care software firm HealthMedia will be led by Sanjay Gupta, a veteran executive of the firm's parent company, Johnson & Johnson, which acquired the University of Michigan startup in 2008.

Gupta, not to be confused with CNN's Sanjay Gupta, takes over HealthMedia after former President Ted Dacko resigned this spring to pursue other opportunities.

Dacko started a consulting firm called Arbor Dakota and has signed as an adviser to Ann Arbor-based IT startup InfoReady Corp., a spinoff of GDI Infotech.

Gupta, who has 13 years of experience with J&J, most recently served as managing director of emerging markets in Asia Pacific for the J&J Vision Care franchise.

Gupta earned a master's degree in business administration degree and a master's in mechanical engineering from the University of Florida.

J&J cut up to 7 percent of its global workforce earlier this year, but HealthMedia, which has nearly 200 employees, is believed to have escaped cuts. The firm's health coaching software helps insurance companies and corporations give their employees a digital option to improve their lifestyle choices.

J&J's acquisition of HealthMedia, which is headquartered on First Street in downtown Ann Arbor, marked the start of a new wellness and prevention business unit.

“Sanjay will be instrumental in driving innovation and continued success for our digital health coaching solutions,” said Calvin Schmidt, president of J&J's Wellness & Prevention Inc., in a statement. “His extensive leadership experience in the health care industry and global markets make him especially well-suited for this strategic role.”

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