Brian Tyler has been appointed president of McKesson U.S. Pharmaceutical to replace John Figueroa, who is leaving the company to become chief executive officer of Omnicare Inc.

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McKesson names new U.S. Rx distribution chief

December 8th, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO – Brian Tyler has been appointed president of McKesson U.S. Pharmaceutical to replace John Figueroa, who is leaving the company to become chief executive officer of Omnicare Inc.

McKesson Corp. said Wednesday that Tyler, currently the president of McKesson Medical-Surgical, will take over the new post on Jan. 1. On that date, Figueroa also is slated to start in his new position as CEO of Covington, Ky.-based Omnicare, a provider of pharmaceutical care for the elderly.

In his new role, Tyler will oversee McKesson's U.S. pharmaceutical distribution business, which provides pharmaceutical distribution services and related health care services to customers in four primary segments: retail chains; independent retail pharmacies; mail-order pharmacies; and institutional providers such as hospitals, health systems, integrated delivery networks and long-term care providers.

Tyler will report to Paul Julian, executive vice president and group president at McKesson. The company said that until a new president of McKesson Medical-Surgical has been named, the business unit’s management team will report to Julian.

"Brian is ideally suited to extend McKesson's lead in pharmaceutical distribution based on his deep experience across our distribution businesses, outstanding track record as a business leader and his commitment to operational excellence," Julian said in a statement.

"We thank John Figueroa for his significant contributions to McKesson's success and wish him the very best in his new position. We know Brian will extend our leadership position in pharmaceutical distribution and help us continue creating outstanding value for our customers, supplier partners and shareholders," Julian added.

A 13-year McKesson veteran, Tyler has broad experience across the full range of the company's health care distribution businesses, according to McKesson. He started his career as the vice president of strategic business services and then became the senior vice president of business development and sales strategy for the health systems group within McKesson U.S. Pharmaceutical.

Tyler later served as senior vice president of strategy and business development for all of McKesson Distribution Solutions, with responsibility for strategic planning, joint ventures, alliances and other business development activities for McKesson's pharmaceutical distribution, medical-surgical, health solutions and retail automation groups. He then ran McKesson Specialty Care Solutions, with responsibility for specialty distribution, pharmacy, marketing services, logistics and Prospective Health Inc.

Before coming to McKesson, Tyler spent three years at Integral Inc. as a senior associate in the firm's health care consulting practice. While at Integral, Tyler worked with senior executives of merging academic medical centers to define their marketing and physician network strategies, develop operating improvement plans and develop cost reduction programs for the pharmacy, lab and materials management departments.

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