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Gawande Leaves as Haven Chief Executive

Atul Gawande has stepped down as the chief executive of Haven, CNBC reports.

The company was formed in January 2018 by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase to improve healthcare and particularly to bring down healthcare costs, it adds. But the Wall Street Journal reports that despite Haven's initial buzz, the firm has been progressing slowly and only has begun a few pilot projects.

Gawande, a Harvard University professor and writer for the New Yorker, came on board as the firm's chief executive in July 2018, the Journal adds. It notes that Gawande, though known for his work on healthcare quality, had limited experience in running a healthcare company.

According to CNBC, Gawande now will serve as the chair of the board of directors for Haven, and COO Mitch Bestses will oversee its daily operations during the search for a new chief executive.

"It will also enable me to devote time to policy and activities addressing the immediate and long-term threats to health and health systems from COVID-19," Gawande says in a statement. "As I reflected on how I could best contribute, this is an ideal role."