James Beer has joined McKesson Corp. as executive vice president and chief financial officer.

McKesson, chief financial officer, James Beer, CFO, Jeff Campbell, John Hammergren, pharmaceutical distributor

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McKesson hires new CFO

September 30th, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO – James Beer has joined McKesson Corp. as executive vice president and chief financial officer.

The pharmaceutical distributor said Monday that Beer is slated to start at the company on Oct. 9. He takes over the post vacated by Jeff Campbell, who left the company in June to become CFO at American Express Co.

Beer, who will also join McKesson's executive committee, comes to the company from security software specialist Symantec Corp., where he was executive vice president and CFO.

"James Beer is exceptionally qualified to lead our finance organization as chief financial officer," John Hammergren, chairman and chief executive officer of McKesson, said in a statement. "His extensive experience as the CFO for leading, publicly traded companies across several industries provides him with the ideal background and perspective to help guide McKesson’s continued success."Beer comes to McKesson from Symantec Corporation where he served as executive vice president and chief financial officer managing the worldwide finance organization with responsibility for accounting, financial planning and analysis, treasury, tax, investor relations, corporate development, purchasing, and audit.

Before Symantec, Beer served as CFO of AMR Corp. and American Airlines, AMR's principal subsidiary.

"McKesson is strongly positioned to take advantage of tremendous growth opportunities in healthcare as the industry transforms through health reform," Beer stated. "I look forward to working with the company's experienced leadership team to deliver on that potential and build upon the exceptional performance of the past decade."