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10/15/2021

CDMA names Galvan chairman

John Galvan, Fruth Pharmacy’s vice president of operations, has been elected chairman of the board for the distributor of the Quality Choice private-label program.
David Salazar
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The Chain Drug Marketing Association has a new board chair. John Galvan, Fruth Pharmacy’s vice president of operations, has been elected chairman of the board for the distributor of the Quality Choice private-label program. 

Galvan succeeds Nancy Wharmby, executive vice president at Medicine Center Pharmacy, who had been chair since 2018

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John Galvan

“CDMA was formed by a group of business professionals with the purpose of helping their businesses become profitable, but also to help each other through the process of collaboration,” Wharmby said. “With a solid industry background, and a strong entrepreneurial spirit, John Galvan is uniquely qualified to work with Mike Boivin and the Board to grow CDMA while also focusing on the process of collaboration and growth of CDMA customers. It is a privilege to pass the gavel to John and to wish John, Mike and all associated with CDMA continued growth and success.”    

Galvan has been with Fruth Pharmacy for a decade, having joined as director of operations, moving into his current role in 2016. He began his career as a store manager for Walgreens in the greater Chicago area, moving up to the role of manager of pharmacy operations and marketing. All told, he spent 16 years with Walgreens before joining Fruth. 

“It is an honor to take over as chairman of the board for CDMA. This past year has been a trying time for manufacturers, distributors, and retailers,” Galvan said. “CDMA remained strong during COVID and provided customers with products and services to care for the nation. CEO Mike Boivin and previous chair Nancy Wharmby, helped lead CDMA through these times to ensure CDMA will continue to be able to provide customers with the products and support needed for a strong future. I look forward to assisting Mike to grow the strength and variety of products that CDMA has to offer to their existing and new customers.”

Fruth Pharmacy president Lynne Fruth, praised Wharmby’s work and highlighted Galvan’s capabilities. 

”As the first woman to hold the CDMA chair, Nancy Wharmby led the Board for two years during a difficult time in our country. Nancy worked closely with CEO Mike Boivin to significantly grow Quality Choice private label sales,” Fruth said. “At the request of the board, Nancy extended her term for an additional year. Nancy’s leadership and work ethic has brought CDMA to a great place for this transition to industry veteran, John Galvan. John has extensive experience in retail pharmacy and will do a great job helping continue CDMA’s growth.”

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