BURLINGTON, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Labcorp (NYSE: LH), a leading global life sciences company, today announced the appointment of Kathryn Wengel, current Executive Vice President and Chief Global Supply Chain Officer at Johnson & Johnson, as an independent member of Labcorp’s Board of Directors, effective immediately. In connection with this appointment, the Labcorp Board will expand from 9 to 10 directors.
“I am pleased to welcome a renowned healthcare industry veteran like Kathy to the Labcorp Board,” said Adam Schechter, chairman and CEO of Labcorp. “Kathy brings a wealth of experience managing complex healthcare organizations and developing globally diverse teams. We look forward to benefitting from her unique perspective as the Board works with management to advance Labcorp’s role in healthcare and improving the health and lives of patients around the world. Kathy’s appointment is also aligned with the Labcorp Board’s commitment to bring diverse perspectives to the boardroom that will best position us to deliver for our patients, customers, and shareholders.”
Ms. Wengel brings significant healthcare and operations experience and global business expertise, with more than three decades of experience in leadership positions within Johnson & Johnson. She currently serves on Johnson & Johnson’s Executive Committee as Executive Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer. Ms. Wengel is responsible for all aspects of the development and implementation of Johnson & Johnson’s global Supply Chain, as well as its Quality & Compliance, Procurement, Environmental Health and Safety, Sustainability and Engineering & Property Services functions.
“I’ve long admired Labcorp for its innovation, leadership and commitment to patients and their health, as most recently demonstrated by the essential role the Company has played in combating the COVID-19 pandemic over the last year,” said Wengel. “I’m honored to join Labcorp’s board, and I look forward to working with Adam and the entire Labcorp team to deliver on its important mission and the best interests of patients, clients, and shareholders.”
As Executive Vice President, Chief Global Supply Chain Officer, Ms. Wengel leads a team of more than 56,000 people globally across Johnson & Johnson’s three business segments: Pharmaceuticals, Medical Devices and Consumer Health. Prior to this role, she served in a variety of leadership positions with increasing responsibilities since joining Johnson & Johnson in 1988. In 2009, she co-led the design of Johnson & Johnson’s enterprise Supply Chain and Quality operating model and subsequently served as the company’s first Chief Quality Officer. She also serves as an executive sponsor for both Johnson & Johnson’s Women’s Leadership and Inclusion Initiative and its Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Manufacturing and Design program.
In addition to her role at Johnson & Johnson, Ms. Wengel serves as Chairman of the Board of GS1 Global, an organization that sets and maintains standards regarding the exchange of critical business data for global commerce. Ms. Wengel is also a member of the Executive Committee of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) in the US. She also serves on the Executive Advisory Board for Gartner’s Supply Chain practice and is a member of Supply Chain 50. In 2019, Ms. Wengel was recognized with the Distinguished Service Award by the Council of Supply Management Professionals (CSCMP) and was inducted into the Supply Chain Hall of Fame.
Ms. Wengel holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Civil Engineering & Operations from Princeton University.
Labcorp is a leading global life sciences company that provides vital information to help doctors, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, researchers, and patients make clear and confident decisions. Through our unparalleled diagnostics and drug development capabilities, we provide insights and accelerate innovations to improve health and improve lives. With over 70,000 employees, we serve clients in more than 100 countries. Labcorp (NYSE: LH) reported revenue of $14 billion in FY2020. Learn about Labcorp at www.Labcorp.com, or follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter @Labcorp.
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