August 26, 2010 09:15 ET

John Figueroa, President of McKesson U.S. Pharmaceutical, Is Named Executive of the Decade by GSCLG

SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwire - August 26, 2010) - The Global Supply Chain Leaders Group (GSCLG) has named John Figueroa, President of McKesson U.S. Pharmaceutical (NYSE: MCK), the Supply Chain Executive of the Decade.

The award is presented to the individual who received the highest aggregate ratings in making significant contributions to the advancement of the Supply Chain Management profession and maintaining sustainable, responsible business practices in its global operations during the last decade.

As the GSCLG's Executive of the Decade, Figueroa stands among other industry leaders who have made extraordinary strides in the areas of responsible corporate citizenship, involvement in social causes and creating jobs in America in a globalized economy.

Figueroa's key contributions at McKesson include promoting and supporting socially responsible business practices, driving greater efficiency in the pharmaceutical supply chain, and delivering innovative solutions that are helping to improve the management and delivery of care among key healthcare stakeholders, including national and regional retail pharmacy chains, hospital providers, retail independent pharmacies, mail pharmacy, payors and pharmaceutical manufacturers. Furthermore, through his position at McKesson, Figueroa continues to play a leadership role in addressing one of the most pressing problems in the health care industry -- patient safety. Patient safety is the sustained, proactive process of identifying, avoiding and rapidly resolving errors, omissions, mishaps and miscommunications that could affect a patient's healing, health or well-being at any point, at any time, in any care setting. It is an area in which Supply Chain methodologies can provide expertise beyond cost reductions and efficient sourcing systems. Figueroa's supply chain experience has helped McKesson continue to innovate in the area of patient care and other important healthcare initiatives.

"I am honored to receive such recognition from the GSCLG," said Figueroa. "McKesson is committed to continuous innovation in the healthcare supply chain that benefits all of us through reduced errors, increased safety, greater efficiencies, and more connectivity among stakeholders. I'm proud that McKesson's pharmaceutical supply chain efforts have been recognized by such a group of industry experts and leaders."

John Figueroa is President of McKesson U.S. Pharmaceutical. He oversees the business unit's operations and distribution of pharmaceuticals and other healthcare related products to customers in four primary segments: national and regional retail pharmacy chains, hospital providers, retail independent pharmacies and mail pharmacy. John's extensive experience continues to further strengthen McKesson's operational excellence and leading market share position.

Figueroa began his career with McKesson in August 1997 as Vice President of Sales for California for McKesson Health Systems. He has held positions of progressive responsibility for McKesson Health Systems to include Group Purchasing Organization national accounts. As Senior Vice President, Customer Operations for the Southwest Region, Figueroa headed up the region's sales and operations management for its five pharmaceutical distribution centers. Prior to his current role, he was responsible for McKesson's relationships with retail chains (food, drug and mass merchandisers) and mail service customers.

About McKesson
McKesson Corporation, currently ranked 14th on the FORTUNE 500, is a healthcare services and information technology company dedicated to helping its customers deliver high-quality healthcare by reducing costs, streamlining processes, and improving the quality and safety of patient care. Over the course of its 177-year history, McKesson has grown by providing pharmaceutical and medical-surgical supply management across the spectrum of care; healthcare information technology for hospitals, physicians, homecare and payors; hospital and retail pharmacy automation; and services for manufacturers and payors designed to improve outcomes for patients. For more information, visit

The Global Supply Chain Leaders Group (GSCLG) serves the senior leaders of supply chain management in business, government, and industry on a worldwide basis. The organization is designed to respond to the unique needs of leaders who are increasingly responsible for the profitable growth and health of their respective organizations. Further information about this new and unique organization can be found at

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