Dr. Kevin Charest 

Dr. Kevin Charest serves as the Vice President, Global Cyber Defense Operations, Information Risk Management at UnitedHealth Group at United Health and was previously the Chief Information Security Officer for the Department of Health and Services (HHS).  Prior to joining the federal government Dr. Charest served in a number of entrepreneurial and senior executive positions in the private sector. Dr. Charest’s leadership in technology applications, innovation, and security were instrumental to the development of numerous products and services. 
Dr. Charest holds a Ph. D. in Information Technology with a sub-concentration in Information Security and Assurance from Capella University. He also holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of West Georgia and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Central Arkansas. He is also a Veteran of the United States Marine Corps and Army.