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 CEO of Healthcare Supply Chain Services 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. During his tenure as CEO, Cardinal Health was recognized by Working Mother as one of the Best Places to Work; by the National Association for Female Executive’s as a Top 60 Company for Executive Women; by the Human Rights Campaign as one of the Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality; and by Americans for the Arts for exceptional partnerships with the arts. 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, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Brown University and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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.
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.