SEATTLE – According to published reports from CNBC and other sources, Amazon has named 14-year company veteran Nader Kabbani to run its new pharmacy business, including the team that came in through last year’s acquisition of PillPack.
Kabbani, who helped build Amazon’s Kindle self-publishing platform and has served as vice president in the logistics and Flex businesses, is now vice president of consumables, special projects.
The entire team at PillPack, which Amazon bought for more than $800 million in June 2018, reports directly to Kabbani. That includes chief executive officer T.J. Parker, product chief Elliot Cohen and technology head Alan Gao.
With PillPack, Amazon is poised to take a slice of the growing home delivery market, though it could also potentially incorporate retail pharmacy offerings at Whole Foods locations, after buying the upscale grocery chain for more than $13 billion in 2017.
Kabbani’s appointment shows Amazon is putting one of its most ambitious new projects in the hands of a trusted company executive with plenty of experience in supply chain and logistics, but no background in pharmaceuticals or health care. He was in charge of Amazon Flex, the company’s program that hires individuals to make deliveries on a flexible schedule, as well as other aspects of Amazon’s last-mile delivery strategy.