GoodRx Appoints Jody Mulkey As Chief Technology Officer

GoodRx has announced the appointment of Jody Mulkey as Chief Technology Officer.

Mulkey is a seasoned technology executive with over 20 years of experience leading technology teams at Aspiration, Shopzilla and Ticketmaster. As CTO, Mulkey will oversee GoodRx’s engineering, data and technical product management teams.

“As we continue to develop new ways to help Americans afford and understand their healthcare, our platform must be able to keep pace with our continued rate of innovation,” said GoodRx co-CEO and co-founder Doug Hirsch. “Jody’s experience scaling technology platforms for consumer marketplaces will allow us to quickly amplify growth and further our mission of reducing healthcare costs for all Americans.”

An accomplished technology leader, Mulkey is known for building high-performance systems and teams. Most recently, Mulkey was Chief Product Officer at online financial firm Aspiration, which doubled its customer base and quadrupled in revenue during his tenure. Mulkey also spent five years as CTO of Ticketmaster, where he led its technology and cultural transformation. Prior to Ticketmaster, Mulkey spent 14 years at online marketplace Shopzilla, now Connexity, which has a global audience of more than 40 million shoppers monthly.

“I feel fortunate to join a company with such a compelling mission and look forward to helping build out GoodRx’s technology platform as the company continues its trajectory of hyper-growth,” said Mulkey. “With millions of Americans struggling to afford rising healthcare costs, GoodRx is in a unique position to not only help consumers save money but also to empower them to make informed decisions about their healthcare.”

Mulkey’s appointment comes as GoodRx works to support significant business growth as it expands its offerings and services. The company recently launched GoodRx Care, an online medical service that connects patients to physicians. This November, GoodRx announced it has provided Americans with more than $15 billion in healthcare savings since its founding and now helps save Americans more than $20 million every day through its mobile apps, website, and discount cards.


Travel Advice Madagascar

On 5 September 2013, a small bomb exploded in front of the Plaza Hotel on the Avenue de l’Independence in Antananarivo. A second unexploded device was later discovered outside the Insitut Francais nearby. In 2012 there were a number of explosions in Antananarivo linked to civil unrest. The situation in the centre of Antananarivo remains unstable and potentially volatile.

The Ambohijatovo, Lac Anosy, Ankatso and Analakely areas, as well as military barracks, are potential flashpoints. Although foreigners have not been targeted, you should take care when travelling around the city and avoid any crowds or political gatherings. Don’t touch any packages that appear suspect. You should also carry ID at all times and avoid travelling at night.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to Andohahela National Park and against all travel on road RN13 between Ambovombe and Ihosy. Take great care and follow local advice if you are travelling in the south east of the country. In 2012 there were around 7,700 British visitors to Madagascar. Most visits are trouble free.

There has been continued political instability in Madagascar since January 2009. The situation in the centre of Antananarivo remains volatile and demonstrations at short notice are likely. You should keep away from crowded areas and avoid going out at night in the centre of the capital. There is widespread crime in Madagascar.

Take particular care on beaches where there have been attacks and robberies. Visitors to Madagascar should travel with established organisations or travel firms who have the capacity to monitor the local media and warn of possible trouble. Remain vigilant and maintain a low profile while moving around the country, in particular if travelling alone.

If travelling independently we advise that you monitor the local media closely and keep abreast of the situation for the duration of your visit.

The cyclone season in Madagascar normally runs from November to April. Coastal areas are particularly affected. Piracy is a significant threat in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean, and has occurred in excess of 1,000 nautical miles from the coast of Somalia.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.

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