First job: Second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force
Education: U.S. Air Force Academy; MBA, University of California at Los Angeles
What is the most important business lesson you’ve learned?
People are the most important decisions you will make; choose them carefully.
What has been your toughest business challenge?
Putting together two large companies AmeriSource Health and Bergen Brunswig to create AmerisourceBergen. We had to integrate two different cultures, and many people said we wouldn't pull it off. That was a little less than four years ago, and it was a huge undertaking during a time when many people didn't think a huge consolidation would work.
Describe your management style.
Pretty informal and collaborative. We take our jobs here seriously, but not ourselves. I allow people room to execute their jobs, telling them what needs to be done and allowing them to do it. That is sometimes painful because they might approach challenges differently than I would, and they might complete them more successfully.