George Barrett

Keynote Speaker

George Barrett

Executive Chairman
Cardinal Health

George S. Barrett is executive chairman of Cardinal Health, a global integrated healthcare services and products company offering customized solutions for hospitals, health systems, pharmacies, ambulatory surgery centers, clinical laboratories and physician offices worldwide.The company provides clinically proven medical and pharmaceutical products and cost-effective solutions to enhance supply chain efficiency from hospital to home.

Barrett joined Cardinal Health in 2008 as Vice Chairman and served as chairman and CEO from 2009 until 2018. Under Barrett’s leadership, Cardinal Health grew to rank 15 on the Fortune 500 and now has more than 50,000 employees in nearly 60 countries.

From 2005 through 2007, Barrett served as president and CEO of 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 2004. Prior to joining Teva, Barrett held various positions with Alpharma Inc., serving as president of U.S. Pharmaceuticals from 1994 to 1997. Barrett also served as president of NMC Laboratories prior to its acquisition by Alpharma in 1990.

Barrett is involved in national and local industry, civic, policy and arts organizations. He serves as chairman of Healthcare Leadership Council and on various boards, including Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Conference Board, Business Council, Brown University and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

In Columbus, Barrett co-chaired the City of Columbus Mayor’s Education Commission. He is the co-chair of FutureReady Columbus. He serves on the board of Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Barrett also serves on the executive committee of the Columbus Partnership and on the board of the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation. He initiated the Columbus Performing Arts Prize and serves as a mentor for Bright Fellowship, a program designed to develop education leaders.

Barrett has been named by Institutional Investor magazine as a top CEO multiple times, including in 2017. He received the Peter G. Peterson Business Statesmanship Award from the Committee for Economic Development, which recognizes corporate executives who champion issues in the interest of the public good, rather than their company or personal interests, and who hold themselves to the highest standards of ethics and integrity. He also is a recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, which is awarded annually to a group of distinguished American citizens who exemplify a life dedicated to community service. In 2017, he made Glassdoor’s annual Employees’ Choice Awards list and this year he was recognized as one of the 50 best CEOs for diversity.

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, and an Honorary Degree of Fine Arts from the Columbus College of Art and Design.

Matthew J Rowan
"The Future of Healthcare... a Washington DC Perspective"

Matthew J. Rowan

President & CEO
Health Industry Distributors Association (HIDA)

As President and CEO of HIDA since 2000, Mr. Rowan has positioned HIDA as the leading advocate for the medical products distribution industry before Congress and Federal agencies. He has been responsible for the development of new member services in areas such as market intelligence, data analytics and structured networking.

Mr. Rowan also serves as Vice Chairman of the HIDA Educational Foundation (HEF) Board of Directors. The Foundation’s mission is building a more efficient and effective healthcare supply channel.

In his 26-year association management career, Mr. Rowan has served in executive positions with responsibility for publishing, marketing, sales and membership at the Water Environment Federation (WEF) and the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE).

Mr. Rowan is an active member of the National Association for Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW) and serves on the board of directors for the NAW Institute for Distribution Excellence. He recently served on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and was 2009 Chairman of the Board for ASAE’s for-profit subsidiary, ASAE Business Services Inc. Previously, he served as the President of the Society of National Association Publications (SNAP).

Mr. Rowan also authored the Affinity Marketing chapter in the Professional Practice of Association Management, the textbook used for certification as an association executive.

He is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a degree in Marketing and minor in Economics. Mr. Rowan resides in Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife and daughter.

Richelle Webb Dixon
Panelist: “Healthcare of the Future”

Richelle Webb Dixon, FACHE

System Vice President
Catholic Health Initiatives

Richelle Webb Dixon currently serves as System Vice President for Operations Integration and Structure with Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), based in Englewood, Colorado. In this position, Richelle assists with developing the operations model for the new ministry which will be formed from the merger of CHI and Dignity Health.

In addition, Richelle currently serves as President of the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE), the premier professional organization for African American healthcare executives. Under her leadership, NAHSE is strategically focused on advocacy, innovation and organizational sustainability. In 2018, Richelle will spearhead the celebration of NAHSE’s 50th Anniversary.

Richelle is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and serves on numerous boards including the Institute for Diversity and Health Equity, ACHE-SouthEast Texas Chapter, San Jose Clinic (Houston, TX), the Fort Bend County (TX) YMCA and on the Panel of Judges for Quality Texas - a foundation that assists organizations with improving performance based upon the Baldrige criteria.

Professionally, Richelle has devoted her career to ensuring that all individuals, especially minorities have access to affordable, quality healthcare. She has more than twenty years of executive experience and believes in mentoring the next generation of executive leaders.

Richelle received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Masters in Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is married to Tyrone Dixon and together they have a beautiful daughter. Richelle enjoys volunteering, traveling and spending time with her family and friends. In 2017, Richelle was awarded the ACHE-SouthEast Texas Regent’s Award and was inducted into the University of Michigan Track & Field Hall of Fame.

David Hargraves
Panelist: “Healthcare of the Future”

David A. Hargraves

Senior Vice President of Supply Chain

David Hargraves is the senior vice president of supply chain with over 25 years of leadership experience, including more than 15 years in supply chain. As the senior vice president of supply chain at Premier, Hargraves leads the company’s core supply chain business, including sourcing, contract management, operations and business analytics. He also provides executive leadership for the Premier S2S business.

Hargraves joined Premier in 2015 to lead the negotiation teams responsible for developing contracts within Premier’s more than $56 billion portfolio. He was promoted to group vice president of strategic sourcing in 2016 and assumed responsibility for all of Premier’s strategic sourcing initiatives, as well as the continued build out of Premier’s group purchasing differentiation and e-Commerce strategies.

Prior to joining Premier, Hargraves led all clinical sourcing, procurement operations, value analysis and clinical engineering for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s integrated healthcare delivery network as the vice president of clinical supply chain.

Hargraves’ career has also included serving as adjunct professor of sustainable supply chain management at Chatham University and holding supply chain leadership roles with Alcoa and Ariba. He was also a hospital corpsman and biomedical equipment technician for the U.S. Navy.

Hargraves received his Bachelor of Science from Duquesne University and his MBA with a concentration in healthcare finance from Waynesburg University. He also has an Associate of Science in biomedical engineering from Penn State University.

Todd J Kinser
Panelist: “Healthcare of the Future”

Todd J. Kinser

Vice President, Product Management – Medical Devices
Johnson & Johnson

Since 2014, Todd has been responsible for the Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Product Management organization. Working closely with R&D, Todd’s team leads elements of the technical component, process, and equipment development to effectively launch new products across the DePuy Synthes, Cardiovascular Specialty & Solutions, and ETHICON businesses. Todd is also responsible for the OneMD Packaging, Labeling, UDI, and NPI Improvement Teams. In addition, the Product Management organization supports the maintenance and lifecycle of our key platforms insuring that we can deliver high quality, service, and cost containment strategies within our many product platforms to serve our customers better.

Prior to May 2014, Todd Kinser served as Worldwide Vice President of Research & Development (R&D) for ETHICON, part of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies. Todd spent nearly 5 years in this role, overseeing all new product development for the ETHICON business unit, whose surgical technologies and products (including sutures, surgical staplers, energy devices, clip appliers, trocars and meshes) used around the world to treat colorectal and thoracic conditions, women’s health conditions, hernias, cancer and obesity.

Todd previously served as Worldwide Vice President of Supply Chain for Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Endo-Surgery and Diabetes Care Franchises.  Prior to that, Todd spent 10 years in a series of increasingly responsible positions in R&D, Supply Chain and Manufacturing roles with Ethicon Endo-Surgery and at Johnson & Johnson’s Advanced Materials Company.

Todd served five years in the United States Army as a Cavalry officer stationed at Fort Hood, Texas. He deployed with the First Cavalry Division in 1990 to Saudia Arabia / Iraq / Kuwait and engaged in Operation Desert Storm as a Scout Platoon Leader. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY and a M.B.A. degree from Brenau University, Gainesville, GA.

Akhil Agrawal
Panelist: “Healthcare of the Future”

Akhil Agrawal

American Medical Depot, Miami, Florida

Mr. Agrawal has been the President of American Medical Depot (AMD), since 1993. AMD is a specialty healthcare distribution and manufacturing company focused in the areas of acute healthcare, primary care, and providing complex integrated delivery network supply chain solutions. Mr. Agrawal is also a principal of AMD Equities, an early stage venture capital and middle market healthcare investment fund. Mr. Agrawal is a recognized expert in the field of healthcare distribution and logistics and has been a frequent speaker at numerous industry events, government conferences, and educational programs over the last decade.

Mr. Agrawal was honored with the Industry Award of Distinction by the Health Industry Distributors Association (HIDA) in 2010. He is an active member of and has served in leadership roles in numerous professional groups, corporate boards, and trade associations. In addition, he has been appointed to several government commissions over the last two decades. Some of his activities have included serving on the US Small Business Administration National Advisory Committee, the State of Florida Council for Efficient Government, the Governors Healthcare Policy Team, as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Health Industry Distributors Association in 2003, as President of the National Minority Medical Suppliers Association (2001-2005), as President of the Board of Directors of the National Healthcare Alliance, as Founding Board member of the Healthcare Supplier Diversity Alliance (HSDA), and as Board Member for the American Heart Association of South Florida among others.

Mr. Agrawal received his degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida. He and wife, Mavara, have two children.