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AmerisourceBergen CEO David Yost: Banking on a Robust Service Offering


Caught between rising costs for healthcare and increasing pressure on margins, pharmaceutical distribution companies continue to report increased revenues year after year. The reason lies in providing competitive services to customers, identifying competitive products and leveraging a timely information database. David Yost, president and CEO of Valley Forge, PA-based pharmaceutical distribution company AmerisourceBergen, says, “With margins being so low, it ...

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Caritas Christie Health Care CEO Ralph de la Torre: From Scrubs to Pinstripes


The recession has not been kind to most businesses but hospitals have fared worse. Although healthcare costs have gone up 10 percent per year in recent years, shooting national costs to 17 percent of GDP, up to one-third of total hospital costs are said to be wasted or spent inefficiently. Many patients in poorer areas cannot afford necessary treatment and ...

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U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey: How the Army Manages Transformation

Like any large, complex organization that must adapt to new realities, the U.S. Army seeks to knock down silos and rethink the way it looks at itself. Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey, Jr., talks about what it takes to modernize a 1.1 million person organization, where getting people to embrace change is the key.

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Philips Electronics CEO Scott Weisenhoff: Fine-Tuning Philips


At Royal Philips Electronics, heading a $9 billion market is apparently not quite enough responsibility for one executive. The organization’s matrix management structure gives regional CEOs an additional role in one of its three global sectors: healthcare, lighting and consumer lifestyle. For Scott M. Weisenhoff that translates to wearing two hats at the company: CEO of Philips Electronics North America ...

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QlikTech CEO Lars Bjork: Swedish Sensation


When Lars Bjork joined the nascent business intelligence software company QlikTech in 2000, it was a tiny entity with 35 people and $2 million in revenues based in Lund, Sweden. Bjork came aboard as CFO, but his role proved much broader.“In a company of that size, your title may be CFO, but you’re a jackof- all-trades,” says Bjork, who took ...

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IHS CEO Jerre Stead: The Reluctant CEO


When Jerre Stead agreed to step in and aid an ailing IHS back in 2000, it was on one condition: “I said, I’ll be happy to be chairman, but I’m not going to do CEO again,” recounts the 65-year-old, who had left the chairman and CEO role at Ingram Micro. a scant six months earlier.For a while he kept his ...

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