Creek grad named CEO at Cardinal Health

DUBLIN — Mike Kaufmann, a 1981 graduate of Indian Creek High School, has been named chief executive officer for Cardinal Health.

Kaufmann, who has served as the Dublin-based pharmaceutical distributor’s chief financial officer since November 2014, will assume his new duties on Jan. 1. He will succeed George Barrett, who has been the company’s chairman and CEO since 2009.

“George has built a powerful legacy and strategy that I am proud to have helped craft,” Kaufmann told the Dayton Daily News. “I look forward to working with him and our incredibly talented and dedicated team to build on the strong foundation we have in place and further enhance the value we provide to all of our stakeholders, while never losing sight of our ultimate goal of supporting our partners in the critical work they do serving patients and their families.”

The 54-year-old Kaufmann, who earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Ohio Northern University, has worked with Cardinal for the last 27 years.

Cardinal officials stated Kaufmann has played a big role in the company’s strategic initiatives, including a joint venture with CVS Health that formed Red Oak Sourcing, where he serves on the board of directors, and the creation of Fuse, Cardinal’s technology innovation center.

He serves as executive sponsor of the Cardinal Health Women’s Initiative Network, an employee resource group whose goal is to foster a culture of partnerships that helps women to work and grow their careers.

His support of women leaders in health care led to the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association naming Kaufmann as its 2012 honorable mentor, and the Institute for Women’s Leadership awarding him the 2014 Guys Who Get it Award.

He serves as a member of the board of directors for MSC Industrial Supply and on the executive board of Red Oak Sourcing. Kaufmann is a past member of the executive committee of the Healthcare Distribution Management Association and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores.

He also serves as a trustee at Ohio Northern and is an active member of the community.

Prior to Cardinal Health, Kaufmann worked in auditing and consulting with the accounting firm of Arthur Andersen.