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McKesson elects Ken Washington as new independent director

BY Sandra Levy

McKesson announced that its board of directors elected Ken Washington as a new independent director, effective July 1. With the election of Washington, McKesson’s board of directors increases from nine to 10 members, nine of whom are independent.

“Ken’s years of experience in technology, research, and privacy strategy at complex global organizations will be invaluable to the board as we maintain oversight of the company and provide the leadership team with strategic guidance,” said Edward Mueller, McKesson’s independent board chair. “He joins the McKesson board of directors at an exciting time as the company drives forward its strategic growth initiative to transform care delivery, deepen relationships with customers, and pursue additional growth opportunities globally. We’re excited to welcome him.”

“I’m honored to join McKesson’s board of directors and look forward to working with my fellow board members and company leadership, advising on the strategic direction of the company,” said Washington. “I’m excited by the opportunity to help reshape the healthcare delivery ecosystem by advancing technologies that can improve patient care.”

Washington, age 58, has served as chief technology officer of Ford since June 2017. In this role, he leads Ford’s worldwide research organization and oversees the development and implementation of Ford’s technology strategy and plans. Prior to his role as CTO, Dr. Washington was appointed Ford’s vice president of Research and Advanced Engineering in August 2014.

Previously, Washington was vice president of the Advanced Technology Center at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company. He also served as Lockheed Martin Corporation’s first chief privacy officer, a role in which he built the company’s privacy program. In addition, he was responsible for shaping the future of the Lockheed Martin’s information technology enterprise as vice president and chief technology officer of the internal IT organization. Before joining Lockheed Martin in February 2007, Washington was the chief information officer for Sandia National Laboratories, where he held a variety of technical, management and program leadership positions.

He has a bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degree in nuclear engineering from Texas A&M University and is a fellow of the MIT Seminar XXI program on International Relations.

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