The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) elected new officers as well as one member to its board of directors for the coming year during its annual meeting in Palm Beach, Florida, in April. Additionally, NACDS re-elected six board members whose terms were set to expire.
Mike Wysong, CEO of CARE Pharmacies Cooperative (pictured), will serve as the new chair of the NACDS board of directors, succeeding Brian Nightengale, president of Good Neighbor Pharmacy, who completed his term and will remain on the NACDS board as a member. Wysong previously served as vice chair and as chair of the NACDS Political Action Committee.
In addition, Kevin Host, senior vice president of pharmacy, Walmart, was elected NACDS vice chair, and Rick Gates, SVP and chief pharmacy officer, Walgreens, was elected treasurer. Each officer will serve a one-year term.
“Mike Wysong will contribute strong and passionate leadership for NACDS at a time when the Association’s advocacy victories and business programming have never been more important for America and for the industry,” NACDS president and CEO Steven C. Anderson, said in a news release. “[Wysong’s] extraordinary energy, focus, insights, and passion are second to none. He will help NACDS sustain its tremendous momentum through this 90th anniversary and into the future. I am extremely confident that NACDS’ chain and supplier members will appreciate [Wysong’s] leadership, and that [he] will advocate effectively for NACDS’ pro-patient, pro-pharmacy agenda.”
David Warner, CEO of KPH Healthcare Services, was also elected to the NACDS board.
Six NACDS board members were also re-elected to three-year terms:
- Brad Cochran, EVP, retail distribution, Medicine Shoppe International;
- Lynne Fruth, president and chairman, Fruth Pharmacy;
- Nimesh Jhaveri, EVP and chief impact officer, Health Mart;
- Brian Nightengale, president, Good Neighbor Pharmacy;
- Luke Rauch, SVP and chief merchandising officer, Walgreens;
- Mike Wysong, CEO, CARE Pharmacies Cooperative.
NACDS is a nonprofit organization that promotes and advances the interests of the chain pharmacy industry, representing traditional drug stores, supermarkets and mass merchants with pharmacies as well as their supplier partners.