About Peter

Peter B. Nichol is a technology executive recognized for achievements in digital innovation by the CIO 100 awards program, the MIT Sloan School of Management, Computerworld, BRM Institute and the Project Management Institute. As managing director at OROCA Innovations, Peter leads the CxO advisory services practice, which drives strategies across digital, innovation and blockchain technologies.

Peter led IT Portfolio Management for Research and Development from early target identification through investigational new drug (IND) preparation and early development at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, a biotechnology company with a market capitalization of $72B.

Peter is the author of Learning Intelligence: Expand Thinking. Absorb Alternative. Unlock Possibilities (2017), which Marshall Goldsmith, author of the New York Times No. 1 bestseller Triggers, calls “a must-read for any leader wanting to compete in the innovation-powered landscape of today.”

Peter also authored The Power of Blockchain for Healthcare: How Blockchain Will Ignite The Future of Healthcare (2017), the first book to explore the vast opportunities for blockchain to transform the patient experience.

As the former head of information technology at Access Health CT (AHCT), Connecticut’s health insurance exchange (HIX), Peter oversaw AHCT’s online marketplace systems and worker case-management and electronic integration with the systems of federal agencies, state agencies and insurance carriers. He was responsible for AHCT’s industry-leading digital platform, which transformed consumer- and retail-oriented services for the health insurance industry. For this, Peter was recognized as a finalist for the 2015 MIT Sloan CIO Leadership Award.

Peter also championed AHCT’s digital implementation with a transformational cloud-based SaaS platform and mobile applications that were recognized by CIO magazine in the 2015 CIO 100 awards. Peter also received a lifetime achievement award for leadership and digital transformation and was honored as a 2016 Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader.

Previously, Peter was the program director for AHCT’s marketplace implementation, providing the most stable HIX launch, on Oct. 1, 2013. The system helped reduce Connecticut’s uninsured rate by more than half. It was recognized as a national model for success and was a finalist for the Project Management Institute’s Project of the Year Award in 2014.

Peter has a B.S. in computer information systems from Bentley University and an MBA summa cum laude from Quinnipiac University. He earned a PMP certification in 2001 and is a certified Scrum Master, SAFe Agilist (SA), SAFe Practitioner (SP), and Six Sigma Master Black Belt. He also is the first leader to be globally credentialed as a Master of Business Relationship Management (MBRM) by the BRM Institute, a growing organization now spanning 85 countries. Peter is a commercial-rated pilot and a master scuba diver. He understands, based on firsthand experience, how to anticipate change and lead boldly.

What Sets Peter Apart:

  • The First, Globally Credentialed Master of Business Relationship Management (MBRM®)
  • MIT CIO Speaker/Panelist 2018, 2016, 2015
  • MIT Sloan CIO Leadership Award Finalist 2015
  • Former Head of Information Technology for Access Health CT
  • Former Program Director instrumental for the successful implementation of the Connecticut State Health Insurance Exchange on Oct 1, 2013 a national model for success
  • Delivered the first digital platform for health insurance exchanges: Access Health CT Mobile (SHOP, ENROLL, VERIFY)
  • Commercial rated aviation pilot and master scuba diver, who understands first hand, how to anticipate change and manage risk under pressure

Recognized Speaker:

  • Blockchain Technology
  • Digital and Innovation
  • CIO Insights
  • Platform Ecosystems and Growth
  • Development of High-Performance Teams
  • Platform Ecosystems and Growth
  • Digital Consumerism
  • Mobile For Consumers

TV Interviews and Featured Articles:

  • NBC Connecticut – TV Interview
  • Channel 3 – TV Interview
  • Eye Witness News 3 – TV Interview
  • Monthly Televised Connecticut Exchange Board of Directors Meeting
  • Published Articles: Value for State-Based Exchanges to Adopt a Mobile Enrollment Strategy and Connecticut’s Health Insurance Exchange Rise
  • Featured in January 2015 PMI PM Network Magazine “Health ROI”

Distinguished Awards:

  • 2020 Business Transformation 150, Constellation Research
  • 2020 BRM Institute Top BRM
  • 2019 BRM Practitioner Award
  • 2019 BRM Trailblazer Award
  • 2017 Top Tech Voices You Should Be Following on LinkedIn
  • 2016 Computerworld Premier 100 Technology Leader
  • 2015 MIT Sloan CIO Leadership Award Finalist
  • 2015 CIO100 – Innovating in the Digital Economy Winner
  • 2014 PMI Project of the Year Award,” Top 3 Global Finalist
  • 2014 Healthcare Innovator of the Year Award
  • 2014 Best New Service for ahCT Mobile Enroll Award
  • 2014 Best API for Access Health CT ahCT Mobile Enroll Award
  • 2014 Best Platform ahCT Mobile Enroll Award
  • 2014 Health IT Leadership Award
  • 2014 Winner of the Best Government Services App Award
  • 2014 Driving Digital Government State Government Award
  • 2014 Collaboration Across Boundaries Award


  • Certified Master of Business Relationship Manager (MBRM®) – BRM Institute
  • Certified Business Relationship Manager (CBRM®) – BRM Institute
  • Business Relationship Management Professional (BRMP®) – BRM Institute
  • Certified BRM Certificate of Experience in Change Management and Transformational Change
  • Certified BRM Certificate of Experience in Organizational Transformation and Scalability
  • Certified BRM Certificate of Experience in Project Management and Portfolio Management
  • Certified BRM Certificate of Experience in Strategy and Strategic Resource Management
  • Certified SAFe Agilist (SA) – Scaled Agile Framework
  • Certified SAFe Practitioner (SP) – Scaled Agile Framework
  • Certified ScrumMaster (CSM)
  • Certified Manager of Process Improvement (CMPI)
  • Certified Quality Manager (CQM)
  • Certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt (CSSMBB)
  • Certified Project Management Professional (PMP)

Published Articles by Peter Nichol

Recognition, Interviews and Article Quotes

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