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Paula Keays appointed President of McKesson Canada

St-Laurent, Quebec, November 28, 2016 - McKesson Canada today announced the appointment of Paula Keays as president, effective immediately. In her new role, Keays will lead 4,000 employees and be responsible for McKesson’s distribution solutions offerings in Canada, including pharmaceutical distribution, pharmacy technology, specialty pharmacy and infusion, procurement, and independent retail banner solutions. Keays, who will report to Paul C. Julian, executive vice president and group president, will be responsible for driving sales, marketing and operations for the business.

“I have worked alongside Paula for over 15 years, I’ve been impressed by her vision, drive, and commitment to operational excellence,” said Julian.  “Our customers, business partners and employees will be well served by her leadership style, deep understanding of health care and passion for customer service.”

Prior to this appointment, Keays served as McKesson Canada’s senior vice president, Pharmaceutical Distribution and Operations. In this position, she led one of McKesson Canada’s largest portfolios and was responsible for sales, marketing, and operations. Under Keays’ leadership, McKesson Canada successfully advanced its network optimization, which has helped deliver significant operational efficiencies and improvements to the overall business. She also drove the design and introduction of important sales and operations team initiatives which has enhanced customer service, strengthened business partnership and created shared success for customers across Canada.

Since joining McKesson in 2000, Keays has held increasingly senior positions, including vice president and corporate controller, vice president and chief financial officer, and senior vice president, chief financial officer and Six Sigma.

“I am honoured to be taking on my new role as president of McKesson Canada,” said Keays.  “Canada’s health care environment is becoming increasingly complex. Together with our people and our partners I’m looking forward to leading through an important moment in our history as we focus on our customers to deliver better value and patient care for Canadians from coast-to-coast.”

Until a new senior vice president, Pharmaceutical distribution and Operations is appointed, Keays will continue to oversee the operations of the Pharmaceutical distribution and Operations portfolio in addition to her responsibilities as president.

McKesson Canada partners with insurers, hospitals, physicians’ offices, pharmacies, pharmaceutical companies and others across the spectrum of care to build healthier organizations that deliver better care to patients in every setting.


About McKesson Canada

Founded more than 100 years ago, McKesson Canada is dedicated to delivering vital medicines, supplies and information technologies that enable the health care industry to provide patients with better, safer care. Our solutions empower pharmacies, manufacturers, hospitals and other health care institutions by enabling them to get closer to the millions of patients they serve every single day, while contributing to the quality and safety of care in Canada. For more information, visit


About McKesson Corporation

McKesson Corporation, currently ranked 5th on the FORTUNE 500, is a healthcare services and information technology company dedicated to making the business of healthcare run better. McKesson partners with payers, hospitals, physician offices, pharmacies, pharmaceutical companies, and others across the spectrum of care to build healthier organizations that deliver better care to patients in every setting. McKesson helps its customers improve their financial, operational, and clinical performance with solutions that include pharmaceutical and medical-surgical supply management, healthcare information technology, and business and clinical services. For more information, visit