George Barrett


George Barrett is the former chairman and chief executive officer of Cardinal Health, Inc., a role he held from August 2009 through end of 2017, when he became executive chairman of the board until November 2018. He helped transform Cardinal Health into a global, integrated health care company during his eight-year CEO tenure from August 2009 to December 2017. Prior to joining Cardinal Health, Mr. Barrett spent a decade at global pharmaceutical manufacturer Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., most recently as president and CEO of its North American business and corporate executive vice president for Global Pharmaceuticals. Mr. Barrett serves on the boards of Target Corporation, Olive, a health care focused artificial intelligence company, and on the advisory board of InStride, a public-benefit corporation that provides workforce education. Additionally, Barrett serves on the boards of Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the Children’s Hospitals’ Solutions for Patient Safety, and the National Academy of Medicine’s President’s Advisory Council on Healthy Longevity. He is vice chair of the board of trustees of The Conference Board, and a former director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. Barrett earned his bachelor’s degree from Brown University, and his MBA from New York University. Barrett is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, a trustee emeritus of Brown University, and a frequent lecturer at other leading American universities on the topics of leadership and health care.