DUBLIN, Ohio, August, 23, 2006 – Cardinal Health, the leading provider of products and services supporting the health-care industry, today announced that Canada will be a important component to its overall strategy of expanding the market for its products and services outside the United States and named David H. Lees, PhD, president of Cardinal Health Canada.
Lees, whose appointment is effective immediately, will be responsible for leading Cardinal Health’s Canadian operations, as well as developing and implementing Cardinal Health’s growth strategy for Canada. He will report to Jeff Henderson, chief financial officer.
'Canada is one of the world’s largest health-care markets and, therefore, vital to the goals we’ve outlined to grow the market for our products and services and serve health-care customers worldwide,” said R. Kerry Clark, chief executive officer, Cardinal Health. “We are fortunate to have a leader in David, whose track record of success for growth is well proven.'
Lees came to Cardinal Health with the acquisition of Source Medical, the leading distributor of medical and surgical supplies in Canada, where he has been president and chief executive officer for the past seven years. He will continue to be based at Cardinal Health offices in Mississauga, Ontario.
Prior to joining Source Medical, Lees held senior executive positions with a number of Canadian enterprises, most recently, Canada Bread Company, Limited, where he was president and chief executive officer for six years.
He holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in agriculture from Macdonald College, McGill University, and a doctorate in philosophy in food science from the University of Massachusetts. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Tim Hortons Inc.
About Cardinal Health
Headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, Cardinal Health, Inc. (NYSE: CAH) is an $81 billion, global company serving the health-care industry with a broad portfolio of products and services. Through its diverse offerings, Cardinal Health delivers health-care solutions that help customers reduce their costs, improve safety and productivity, and deliver better care to patients. The company manufactures, packages and distributes pharmaceuticals and medical supplies, offers a range of clinical services and develops automation products that improve the management and delivery of supplies and medication for hospitals, physician offices and pharmacies. Ranked No. 19 on the Fortune 500, Cardinal Health employs more than 55,000 people on six continents. More information about the company may be found at www.cardinalhealth.com.