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Diplomat strengthens executive team

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FLINT, Mich. — Diplomat Pharmacy has announced three promotions within the company’s executive leadership team.

Atheer Kaddis has been appointed executive vice president of sales and strategic alignment, a position in which he coordinates Diplomat’s strategies within the business units. Lance Neill has been named senior vice president of corporate services and is responsible for the strategic approaches and administration of Diplomat’s analytics, business intelligence, contract management, and now information security and compliance areas.

And Paul Urick has been promoted to senior vice president of industry relations, pharmaceutical account management and payer strategies, in charge of developing specialty initiatives to reduce costs through patient-centered care.

All three report to president Gary Kadlec, who praised them for their previous contributions to Diplomat.

Before joining the company in 2007, Kaddis was director of clinical pharmacy services at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, where his responsibilities included formulary development, clinical program development, utilization management programs, specialty pharmacy programs and pay-for-performance programs. His other prior experience includes service as a staff pharmacist at William Beaumont Hospital, a clinical oncology specialist at Grace Hospital, a clinical program manager for the Ford Motor Co. account at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and an associate director in clinical account management at Merck-Medco (now part of Express Scripts).

Prior to joining Diplomat, Neill served as director of commercial contracting and channel management at Walmart, where he oversaw pharmacy contracting and network management for pharmacy benefits management companies and large managed care organizations. He also held other management roles while at Walmart, where he was responsible for pharmacy analytics, reporting, claims and audits. Previously, Neill held a number of senior financial management positions within the health care and manufacturing industries and taught health care contracting as an adjunct professor at the University of Arkansas School of Law.

Previously, Urick was president of managed markets and industry relations for Burman’s Specialty Pharmacy in Media, Pa. Before joining Burman’s, Urick served as senior vice president of pharmacy for Cigna Corp., a Fortune 500 health care company serving over 12 million customers nationally.

Urick also held the position of senior vice president of pharmacy services at Independence Blue Cross, where he also served as president for FutureScripts and FutureScripts Secure LLC, two PBM companies he created there.


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