McKesson UK, which owns LloydsPharmacy and John Bell & Croyden, has brought on more senior managers as part of the company’s efforts to adapt to changing markets and climates.
It has appointed a new head of public affairs to work more closely with the NHS, government and industry trade bodies in its latest executive leadership reshuffle.
Steve Race joins McKesson from Teneo, a global communications consultancy where he held the position of associate director. During his time there he worked on a number of major public affairs accounts for international brands including Aston Martin, RBS Group, and Vodafone.
Mr Race’s appointment follows that of Kevin Birch, who was brought on as the new chief retail officer earlier this month.
Kevin Birch will lead McKesson’s adjusted retail strategy after its mobility brand, Betterlife Healthcare, capitulated earlier this year.
McKesson’s CEO, Toby Anderson, said: “The future of healthcare in this country relies on organisations like us working closely with the NHS to improve the patient experience and drive efficiencies.
“We are well placed to support the government to meet its public health objectives by using our network of community pharmacies and clinical nurses to release GP and hospital capacity. Having Steve on board will help us to get that message across.”
Mr Race added: “The McKesson UK strategy is centred around supporting the NHS to improve patient outcomes and use resource most effectively.
“We have an opportunity to work hand in hand with the government on its health agenda and provide solutions that help patients to better manage their health and ultimately live healthier lives.”