George S. Barrett, Chairman and CEO of Cardinal Health, Inc., has been elected a vice chair of the board of trustees of The Conference Board, the global business membership and research organization, which is celebrating its centennial this year. Mr. Barrett joined the board as a trustee in 2010.
"George has brought leadership, operational and global business experience to our board of trustees," said Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., President and CEO, TIAA, and Chairman of The Conference Board's board of trustees. "We look forward to continuing to work with George and benefiting from his guidance."
"George's experience and insights in running a complex global organization have contributed significantly to The Conference Board," added Jon Spector, President and CEO of The Conference Board. "We rely on his expert knowledge and perspectives as we continue to make an impact within the business community."
"Given its storied history and integral role in shaping the conversations around commerce, I have been honored to be part of The Conference Board," said Mr. Barrett. "As a vice chairman, I look forward to celebrating its 100 year anniversary this year, and working alongside The Conference Board's leadership in the years ahead as we continue to find new ways for business and the community to work together."
Cardinal Health is a Fortune 25 global healthcare services and products company headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, which brings solutions to its customers around the world. The company has more than 37,000 employees in nearly 70 countries worldwide.
Mr. Barrett has been chairman and CEO of Cardinal Health since 2009. He joined the company in 2008 as vice chairman. From 2005 to 2007, he served as president and CEO of North America for Teva Pharmaceutical Industries. During 2007, he also served as corporate executive vice president for Global Pharmaceutical Markets. He held the position of president of Teva USA from 1999 to 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.
Mr. Barrett serves on the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Nationwide Children's Hospital and the board of trustees of the Corporation of Brown University. He is a member of the Healthcare Leadership Council, the Business Roundtable, the Business Council and the Columbus Partnership. He also serves on the board of directors of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
He earned 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.
The Conference Board's board of trustees is comprised of business leaders from major organizations who oversee the business and affairs of The Conference Board. A complete list of the board of trustees is available here.