McKesson said Monday that McElligott, currently CIO at technology and engineering company Emerson, will start in the new post on July 20. She succeeds Randy Spratt, who is retiring after a 29-year career with McKesson. Spratt had announced his plan to retire earlier this year.
As McKesson’s CIO, McElligott will oversee enterprise business technology strategy and technology governance across the corporation, as well as IT security and risk management, infrastructure operations and service delivery to all McKesson businesses.
In her role as CTO, she will guide the technology direction for the McKesson’s health care technology products and provide support and guidance for application development processes companywide. McKesson said the CTO position serves as a support arm to the management teams within its technology businesses and works with each business to optimize the quality, interoperability and transparency of McKesson’s software development operations.
“We are delighted to welcome Kathy to our senior leadership team,” McKesson chairman and chief executive officer John Hammergren said in a statement. “As a respected industry leader, her track record in strategic global technology and driving exceptional customer experience will help McKesson continue to deliver greater value to our customers and shareholders.”
McElligott has served as CIO at Emerson since 2010, managing the company’s IT strategy and information security for its global operations, including hardware, software, services, and the telecommunications and data center infrastructure. She joined Emerson in 2000 as vice president of IT for Emerson Power Transmission. In 2003, she was promoted to vice president of IT for Emerson Industrial Automation, and she held that title until her promotion to CIO.
Before going to Emerson, McElligott spent 22 years at General Electric, holding multiple information systems leadership roles, including CIO of supply chain for GE Aircraft Engines and IT manager of the Cycolac business of GE Plastics.