George S. Barrett is chairman and chief executive officer of Cardinal Health, a company ranked number 21 on the Fortune 500 and dedicated to improving the cost-effectiveness of health care.
Barrett has refocused the company on the “business behind health care,” supporting hospitals, pharmacies and alternative sites of care in their efforts to improve the quality and safety of patient care, while reducing costs and improving efficiency.
Barrett joined Cardinal Health in 2008 as vice chairman and CEO of the company’s Healthcare Supply Chain Services segment, where he was responsible for all of the company’s supply chain businesses, including pharmaceutical distribution, medical/surgical distribution, nuclear pharmacy services, Presource® surgical kitting services and the Medicine Shoppe International, Inc. retail pharmacy franchise operations.
From 2005 to end-2007, Barrett served as president and CEO of North America for Teva Pharmaceutical Industries. During 2007, he also served as corporate executive vice president of the company’s Global Pharmaceutical Markets. He held the position of president of Teva USA from 1999 to end-2004. Prior to joining Teva, Barrett held various positions with Alpharma Inc., serving as president of US Pharmaceuticals from 1994 to 1997, and president of NMC Laboratories, prior to its acquisition by Alpharma in 1990.
Barrett serves on the board of directors of Eaton Corporation, Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the President’s Leadership Council of Brown University. He is a member of the board of trustees of the Healthcare Leadership Council and The Conference Board. He is also a member of the Business Roundtable, The Business Council, Ohio Business Roundtable and The Columbus Partnership. In addition, Barrett is a recipient of an Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
Barrett received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University and a Master of Business Administration from New York University. He also holds an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Long Island University’s Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.