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George S. Barrett

Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Cardinal Health, Inc.

Health Care

Peter G. Peterson Business Statesmanship Award

George S. Barrett is chairman and chief executive officer of Cardinal Health, a company ranked number 26 on the Fortune 500 and dedicated to improving the cost-effectiveness of health care.

Barrett has been chairman and CEO of Cardinal Health since 2009.  He joined the company in 2008 as vice chairman and CEO of the company’s Healthcare Supply Chain Services.

Previously, Barrett served as president and CEO of Teva 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 end-2004. Prior to joining Teva, Barrett held various positions with Alpharma Inc., serving as president of US Pharmaceuticals and president of NMC Laboratories, prior to its acquisition by Alpharma.

Barrett serves on the board of directors of Nationwide Children’s Hospital, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the board of trustees of the Corporation of Brown University. He is a member of the Business Roundtable, the Healthcare Leadership Council, The Conference Board, and the Committee for Economic Development.

Barrett 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.

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