Owens & Minor, Inc. today marks the 140th year of its official founding, which occurred on Jan. 18, 1882, in downtown Richmond, Va. Now a Fortune 500 company with more than 15,000 teammates around the world, the company has navigated periods of growth and strategic progress while forging lasting partnerships with the customers, communities, and teammates that have fueled its success.

“Today we celebrate all that Owens & Minor has accomplished over the past fourteen decades, while also taking stock in our recent achievements during the ongoing global pandemic and the evolving demands of the healthcare industry,” said Edward A. Pesicka, President and CEO of Owens & Minor. “At the same time, we are always looking ahead to how we can better serve our customers amidst today’s changing landscape of the healthcare industry.”

Founded by Otho O. Owens and George Gilmer Minor, II as a pharmaceutical wholesale and retail company, the Owens & Minor Drug Company operated on Main Street in downtown Richmond. Despite a heavily competitive industry, the company attracted financing from local partners and set its sights on the untapped market share of rural and small-town pharmacists who needed supplies.

Navigating change in both the national economy and the industry, Owens & Minor first entered the medical and surgical supply business in 1966. In less than 40 years, the company grew from a regional company with revenue of $5 million to a national corporation with revenue over $1 billion, and over the same period, transitioned from a drug wholesaler to a hospital supplier and third-party logistics firm.

In recent years, Owens & Minor has expanded its offerings and business standing through strategic acquisitions and customer growth. In 2017, Owens & Minor entered a new healthcare space by acquiring Byram Healthcare, a leading patient direct business that supplies medical products to at-home patients. The following year, Owens & Minor became a vertically-integrated healthcare product manufacturer with a predominantly Americas-based footprint in its acquisition of Halyard Healthcare, a global provider of medical supplies and solutions for surgical and infection prevention, with products ranging from surgical drapes and gowns to facial protection, including N95 masks. In the last two months alone, Owens & Minor acquired American Contracting Systems, which specializes in the kitting and sterilization of Custom Procedure Trays (CPTs), followed by last week’s announcement of a definitive agreement to acquire Apria, Inc. at an equity value of $1.45 billion. Indianapolis-based Apria provides integrated home healthcare equipment and related services for chronic and non-chronic conditions, including a portfolio of products that complements the Byram Healthcare product offering. The acquisition of Apria is subject to customary regulatory approvals, including under the Hart Scott Rodnio Act, and is expected to close in the first half of 2022.

A company co-founded and led by four generations of Minor family members, it was George Gilmer Minor, III, fifth by generation, who spearheaded a trajectory of growth, while cultivating a team-driven atmosphere that moved Owens & Minor quickly forward. Gil Minor, III joined the family business at age 15 before taking a more influential role after graduation from college and business school. He became the division manager of O&M’s wholesale drug division, general manager of its three drug divisions, and was then named Vice President of Operations. Always an astute listener, he met with teammates and formulated their feedback into plans for the future. His leadership pioneered many new concepts, including costing methods, stockless services, and many other innovations. In 1984, the Board elected him President and CEO, and he became the fourth Minor family member to lead the company. Under his direction, Owens & Minor exceeded its goal of becoming a billion-dollar company when it recorded $1.2 billion in sales in 1992. His lasting legacy has endured long after his retirement in 2005.

“Ed Pesicka has done an excellent job of blending the values of the past with the opportunities of the future. I believe our integrity as a company will continue,” said Gil Minor III, Chairman Emeritus of Owens & Minor.

Pesicka took the helm of Owens & Minor in March 2019, just one year before the COVID-19 pandemic increased demand of infection prevention products, tested the limits of the supply chain, and stretched the endurance of the clinicians who require those critical supplies. Under Pesicka’s leadership, the company continues to focus on growing its innovative service offering and providing an unmatched customer experience.

“Owens & Minor teammates have a distinct drive and determination to provide our customers with the critical information and supplies they need as they provide patient care,” said Pesicka. “This team, which includes tenures from four days to 40-plus years, is deeply committed to delivering on our Mission of Empowering Our Customers to Advance Healthcare, a legacy that we are proud to serve today and long into the future.”

Owens & Minor, Inc. announced the selection of Kenny Gardner, Chief People Officer at DaVita, Inc., to its Board of Directors effective March 1, 2022.

“Kenny is a welcome addition to the Board for both his deep healthcare expertise and his track record of both people and business management leadership,” said Mark A. Beck, Chair of the Board. “His range of perspective as a transformative business leader will provide invaluable insight in support of Owens & Minor’s continued success.”

Gardner, 41, is a multi-disciplined executive with experience as a business leader with a very well-rounded background, who advanced as a senior executive within the healthcare space, both as a general manager and now as a human resources executive. Currently serving as the Chief People Officer for DaVita, he lends nearly 20 years of experience developing process innovation, transformation, and talent strategies. He also prioritizes the people side of businesses and possesses a strong ability to build corporate cultures and develop teams.

Gardner joined the kidney care company in 2011 and has held his current role since 2020, where he oversees DaVita’s People Services function with accountability for delivering benefits, compensation, career architecture, and diversity and belonging initiatives to its more than 65,000 teammates in 11 countries. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, he developed and executed strategies to support the needs of 50,000 frontline caregivers. He also initiated DaVita’s first Week of Belonging initiative to engage teammates across the globe and has increased diversity representation across nearly all leadership levels.

“Kenny brings unique skillsets that will benefit both Owens & Minor’s approach to teammate success and industry innovation,” said Owens & Minor President and CEO Edward A. Pesicka. “As our teammates’ and customers’ needs change, and the healthcare industry as a whole continues to evolve, I’m certain the contributions of our Board of Directors will further position Owens & Minor to fulfill our Mission of Empowering Our Customers to Advance Healthcare today and long into the future.”

Gardner was selected to the Board as part of a multi-year succession planning process and he will be nominated for re-election at the Company’s upcoming 2022 annual meeting of shareholders to be held April 29, 2022.

Today, it was announced that Rita Johnson-Mills and Terri Kline have been elected to the Owens & Minor Board of Directors, effective June 1, 2022.

“Rita and Terri each have deep healthcare expertise, and we look forward to the new perspectives they will be able to offer,” said Mark A. Beck, Chair of the Board. “Rita’s leadership across different healthcare sectors and Terri’s experience in home healthcare will enhance the Board’s diversity of thought and help sustain Owens & Minor’s success over the long-term.”

An established senior executive and business leader with more than 25 years of experience in both the public and private healthcare sectors, Johnson-Mills, 63, has been recognized for her success in driving profitable, sustainable growth. She has also implemented programs to improve employee engagement and build strategic relationships throughout her career. Most recently, Johnson-Mills served as Chief Executive Officer of Qualified Opportunity Zone Fund Nightingale Partners, leading its mission to address the social determinants of health. This follows nearly two decades in senior leadership roles at organizations including the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and two publicly traded health plan enterprises, UnitedHealthcare and Centene Corp. Currently, Johnson-Mills serves on two public company boards, Brookdale Senior Living, Inc. and Nyxoah S.A.

Kline, 63, brings more than 25 years of leadership experience garnered from her work in a wide range of healthcare industry verticals. With a blend of payor and provider background, she has driven continuous growth, profitability and M&A transactions for both startups and publicly traded organizations, including insurance, managed care, physician practice management and outpatient facility management. Her most recent leadership role was as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Health Alliance Pan, a subsidiary of Henry Ford Health System in Michigan. Kline currently serves on the public company board of Amedisys, Inc. and multiple private company boards. Previously, Kline served on the board of directors of Apria, Inc., which was acquired by Owens & Minor in March 2022, and Intersect ENT, which was acquired by Medtronic, Inc. in May 2022.

“Rita and Terri are both veteran leaders with proven track records partnering with healthcare enterprises, making them invaluable advisors for Owens & Minor,” said Edward A. Pesicka, President and Chief Executive Officer, Owens & Minor. “Rita’s impressive background in the insurance sector and experience increasing access to care will offer indispensable guidance to our organization. Terri’s business acumen and knowledge of healthcare market dynamics will bolster our responsiveness to the ever-changing industry landscape, particularly home healthcare. We look forward to leveraging their unique skillsets to continue driving momentum in our business, supporting Owens & Minor’s Mission of Empowering Our Customers to Advance Healthcare.”

Rita Johnson-Mills
Terri Kline

Today, we announced the appointment of Tammy Gomez as Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer, effective July 11, 2022. Gomez will report to Owens & Minor’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Edward A. Pesicka, and be a member of the company’s executive leadership team.

Gomez will assume leadership of Owens & Minor’s teammate strategy in addition to overseeing global human resources operations. She will work closely with leadership on driving strategies for retaining, developing, engaging and attracting the right talent to support overall growth and performance. Gomez will also be responsible for furthering Owens & Minor’s commitment to fostering an innovative, collaborative culture that aligns with core company values and progresses existing diversity and inclusion (D&I) initiatives.

“Our teammates are the backbone of Owens & Minor, and I’m confident that Tammy’s expertise will help us maintain a culture centered on our IDEAL values—integrity, development, excellence, accountability and listening—for our teammates and customers,” said Edward A. Pesicka, President and CEO, Owens & Minor. “We look forward to leveraging her insights and experience as we continue building on our strengths in this area of the organization.”

Gomez brings more than two decades of healthcare industry experience to Owens & Minor, having held leadership positions of increasing responsibility over the course of her career, most recently as SVP, Global Human Resources Centers of Excellence & Human Resources Services, and Solutions for Cardinal Health. In this role, she was responsible for compensation, benefits, talent acquisition, talent management, human resources operations, and analytics. Previously, Gomez held various human resources business partner roles supporting the company’s business and functional leaders. She began her career in finance, working with Prudential and General Motors.

“I’m honored to become an Owens & Minor teammate and to be part of a team that shares my passion for building strong teams that support overall company success,” said Tammy Gomez, EVP, and Chief Human Resources Officer, Owens & Minor. “I’m excited to continue building on the solid cultural foundation that this company is known for.”

Gomez is a graduate of the University of South Alabama and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management. She currently serves on the board of the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) of Columbus, Ohio, and previously served on the board of trustees for Mental Health America (MHA) of Columbus, Ohio.

Groundbreaking advances the long-term strategic collaboration between WVU Medicine and Owens & Minor to help strengthen healthcare resiliency and preparation in West Virginia and beyond

Today, Owens & Minor broke ground in Morgantown, West Virginia, on the future site of a center of excellence for medical supplies and logistics. Once construction is completed in late 2023, the 350,000 square foot center will be one of the state’s largest dedicated acute care medical distribution facilities and will include clinical supply capabilities for surgical kitting, custom procedure tray assembly and sterilization. Owens & Minor was joined for the groundbreaking by its local partner, West Virginia University Health System, which operates under the brand name WVU Medicine.

“We are excited for our partnership with Owens & Minor to take shape as we work to strengthen the resiliency of our healthcare system,” said Albert L. Wright, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer, WVU Health System. “Our collaboration with Owens & Minor is instrumental in ensuring that we can deliver on that commitment for our clinicians and the communities we serve.”

The partnership, which represents an estimated $50 million investment in West Virginia and is anticipated to bring more than 100 jobs to the state, was first announced in December 2021. It was subsequently expanded in January 2022 to give the state of West Virginia the ability to rapidly leverage Owens & Minor’s logistics expertise and medical supply and distribution capabilities in response to future public health emergencies.

“Today’s groundbreaking represents the best of what West Virginia has to offer—our state’s largest health system and private employer working with an industry-leading Fortune 500 company to create a partnership that will have tangible impact for our state,” commented Gov. Jim Justice. “I applaud WVU Medicine and Owens & Minor and look forward to seeing even more of what this partnership brings to West Virginia.”

“Since day one, we’ve been inspired by the enthusiasm and passion both WVU Medicine and West Virginia have shown in making this center of excellence a reality,” said Edward A. Pesicka, President and Chief Executive Officer, Owens & Minor. “We’re eager to advance our collaboration and to put our 140-years of supply chain expertise to work in supporting one of West Virginia’s leading healthcare systems for years to come.”

The award recognizes Owens & Minor’s long-standing history of consistently supporting Premier network members. Owens & Minor leadership was in attendance at Premier’s annual Breakthrough Awards, June 21—23, to receive the award.

“We know the complexities faced by hospitals, health systems, and other providers as they strive to deliver excellent clinical care for their patients while also responsibly managing costs,” commented Edward A. Pesicka, President and CEO, Owens & Minor. “We’re proud to be recognized by Premier and its members for consistently and reliably supporting their efforts in attaining those goals. Through our product manufacturing and broad supply services, Owens & Minor remains laser-focused on supporting Premier and its members, like all Owens & Minor customers, as we fulfill our mission of Empowering Our Customers to Advance Healthcare. This award is dedicated with gratitude to our incredible teammates around the world that support our customers every day.”

This year marks the seventh that Owens & Minor has received the Premier Supplier Legacy Award. Owens & Minor was also previously recognized by Premier in 2021 with its COVID-19 Award for Most Supportive Supplier in recognition of the company’s rapid response during the earliest days of the pandemic, implementing robust safety protocols and ramping up Owens & Minor’s Americas-based PPE manufacturing to help maintain supply resiliency.

“Owens & Minor supports Premier members by offering valuable products and services that help to lower supply chain costs and improve operating efficiencies,” said David A. Hargraves, Senior Vice President, Supply Chain, Premier. “We’re honored to recognize them as a Legacy Award recipient.”

Mike Alkire, Premier President & CEO; Susan Czajkowski; John Crankshaw; Katie Acker; Matt Gattuso; Dave Myers; David Hargraves, Premier SVP of Supply Chain; and Andy Brailo, Premier Chief Customer Officer are pictured during the award presentation.

Carissa Rollins, Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Illumina, Inc., has been elected to its Board of Directors, effective July 12, 2022.

“Carissa’s experience driving strategy for global information systems and information technology for industry-leading healthcare companies brings a unique new perspective to the Board,” said Mark A. Beck, Chair of the Board, Owens & Minor. “Her track record of successfully leading and improving enterprise-level technology systems in complex business environments will be an invaluable asset.”

Rollins is currently CIO of Illumina, Inc., a global leader in DNA sequencing and array-based technologies, where she directs the company’s global information systems and information technology strategy. She has over three decades of enterprise technology experience and has held multiple executive leadership roles throughout the course of her career, including CIO at UnitedHealthcare, where she was responsible for technology strategy and investments supporting several business lines and stakeholder groups across the organization. In addition, during her time at UnitedHealthcare Rollins spearheaded the replacement of the company’s claims processing systems, the largest system development project in the company’s history. Prior, Rollins held executive and senior leadership positions at Gander Mountain Co., Kohl’s, Manpower Inc. and Miller Brewing Company (now Molson Coors Beverage Company).

“We look forward to having the benefit of Carissa’s strategic mindset and her strong technical skills on the Board of Owens & Minor,” said Edward A. Pesicka, President & CEO, Owens & Minor. “We’re confident that the combination of her ability to leverage relationships and her information systems acumen will be positive factors in Owens & Minor’s continued growth and success.”

Rollins currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for the YWCA of Minneapolis and is a member of the Grand Canyon Conservancy Board. She holds a B.S. in business administration and an MBA from Marquette University.

The company also announced that Mark F. McGettrick has stepped down from the Board, effective July 12, 2022. “On behalf of myself and the entire Board, we thank Mark for his years of service as an outstanding director and committee chair. We’re tremendously grateful for his insights and guidance over the past few years and appreciate his many valuable contributions to the success of Owens & Minor and the Board,” Beck commented further.

Owens & Minor, Inc. and Allina Health, a not-for-profit healthcare system dedicated to enhancing the health of individuals, families, and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin, today announced their renewed partnership and a new strategic collaboration to create a unique integrated service model for supply chain resiliency.

The integrated service model is an evolution of the 20-year partnership between Allina Health and Owens & Minor. At the heart of the model is an integrated service center that will serve as the hub and central command for supply chain operations, combining communications, fulfillment, inventory management, and distribution into an end-to-end solution built specifically for the needs of Allina Health’s hospital and clinical care network, including its 6,000 associated and employed physicians. “Allina Health believes that deepening our successful relationship with Owens & Minor will elevate our ability to ensure that our providers and clinical staff have the products they need, when they need them,” said Thomas M. Lubotsky, Vice President of Supply Chain, Allina Health. “Further combining our collective strengths is key to our vision for exploring creative, innovative ways to improve our supply chain operations. We are excited by what this new phase of our 20-year strategic partnership with Owens & Minor will bring.”

Owens & Minor’s 140 years of supply chain expertise and innovative approach will serve as the backbone of Allina Heath’s supply chain operations, merging the company’s proprietary product portfolio, robust logistics capabilities, distribution, and technology services into a shared bespoke solution with improved data transparency, communication, and inventory management capabilities that lower inventory costs. “We welcome the opportunity to work more closely with a partner as forward-thinking as Allina Health to not only drive greater efficiencies, but also to collaborate on new ways to support the continued health of their supply chain operations,” commented Jeff Jochims, EVP, Chief Operating Officer, and President, Products and Healthcare Services, Owens & Minor. “We look forward to continuing and growing our long and successful partnership.”

The Owens & Minor Foundation today announced that it has named Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC) its flagship charity partner in a new collaboration that progresses The Owens & Minor Foundation’s goal of helping to create healthier communities. The partnership launches with a $500,000 donation from The Owens & Minor Foundation to support RMHC programming that directly improves the health and well-being of children and their families and enhances RMHC mission delivery around the world.

“Ronald McDonald House Charities serves millions of children and their families around the world” said Joanna Sabato, Chief Marketing & Development Officer, RMHC. “We greatly appreciate The Owens & Minor Foundation’s commitment to helping families with children who are ill or injured access health care and resources they need.”

The partnership will kick off with a national engagement campaign offering Owens & Minor teammates a variety of in-person and virtual volunteer opportunities that directly support RMHC and its Chapters in eight U.S. communities where the company has a major presence: Richmond, Virginia; Atlanta, Georgia; White Plains, New York; Huntington Beach, California; Lexington, North Carolina; Louisville, Kentucky; Salt Lake City, Utah and Downers Grove, Illinois.

The selection of RMHC as The Owens & Minor Foundation’s first flagship charity partner marks a milestone for the organization as it continues formalizing Owens & Minor’s longstanding legacy of service to customers, teammates, and the communities it operates in.

“Our partnership with RMHC embodies The Owens & Minor Foundation’s dedication to working with organizations that share our values and support our ongoing efforts to create meaningful, positive impact in our communities,” commented Faith Cristol, President, The Owens & Minor Foundation. “RMHC builds stronger communities by giving the families it serves much-needed access to medical care, and The Owens & Minor Foundation is humbled to support this important programming.”

RMHC represents a network of more than 260 Chapters in over 60 countries and regions that operate and support programs that help keep families with children who are sick together and close to the medical care they need. Owens & Minor’s contribution will support the mission of RMHC both in the U.S. and globally by:

  • Helping to provide more than 5,000 overnight stays for families at a Ronald McDonald House or Ronald McDonald Family Room
  • Offering ongoing in-person and virtual volunteer opportunities for Owens & Minor teammates that help support the family-centered approach to care
  • Enhancing the mission delivery of Ronald McDonald House Charities globally

For more information about The Owens & Minor Foundation visit owens-minor.com/about/the-owens-minor-foundation.

RICHMOND, Va.—September 27, 2023 — The Owens & Minor Foundation today shared its achievements over the past year in delivering on its efforts to help build healthier communities.

“By continuing to forge new partnerships and creating new opportunities to make meaningful contributions to the communities we serve, we are continuously advancing Owens & Minor’s mission and legacy of service,” said Faith Cristol, President, The Owens & Minor Foundation. “We look forward to continuing our strategic focus on supporting causes that move us closer to our goal of building healthier communities.”

The Owens & Minor Foundation focuses primarily on the environment, healthcare, and diversity, equity and inclusion, in alignment with Owens & Minor’s Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) framework. In addition to program support, an important element of The Owens & Minor Foundation’s philanthropic efforts is providing Owens & Minor teammates with opportunities to engage and give back within their communities.

Key highlights of recent Owens & Minor Foundation efforts from the past year include:

  • Supporting healthy waterways for a healthier environment: Contributions to organizations across the country that work to increase access, education and conservation for the nation’s waterways, including: Chattahoochee Riverkeepers, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, The Conservation Foundation, Friends of Great Salt Lake, the James River Association (JRA), LA Waterkeepers, and Save the Sound. Owens & Minor teammates also partnered with the JRA, Richmond Public Library, and the Richmond Department of Public Utilities/RVAH2O to plant trees to mitigate stormwater runoff in Richmond.
  • Improving the health and well-being of families: Alongside flagship charity partner Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC), Owens & Minor teammates have supported more than 1,800 RMHC families by volunteering over 1,000 hours of their time, cooking thousands of nutritious meals and packing hundreds of essential medical supplies and snack kits.
  • Helping communities through disaster recovery: Supporting the evolving needs of Maui residents affected by the wildfires with a contribution to the Hawaii Community Foundation’s Maui Strong Fund, which is helping to provide the community with shelter, food, financial assistance and other on-the-ground services.
  • Advancing health for athletes of all abilities: As sponsors of the Special Olympics Summer Games in Georgia (May 2023) and Virginia (June 2023), Owens & Minor teammates facilitated 60+ free health screenings for athletes, including comprehensive eye exams. In Wisconsin, teammates helped raise funds for local Special Olympics athletes.

More information about Owens & Minor’s ESG commitments can be found in the 2022 ESG Report released earlier this year. For more information about The Owens & Minor Foundation, visit: www.owens-minor.com/about/the-owens-minor-foundation/.

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