UPS forms healthcare division

Bill Hook is stepping up to become vp of healthcare logistics for a new division at United Parcel Service focused exclusively on serving the global healthcare industry

Bill Hook is stepping up to become vp of healthcare logistics for a new division at United Parcel Service focused exclusively on serving the global healthcare industry.

Hook, who previously oversaw UPS’s relationship with health care strategic accounts, now directs a team that ties together small package and heavy freight transportation services for healthcare customers, as well as third party logistics, distribution and a network of regulatory-compliant and controlled environment facilities.

Hook has more than 20 years of healthcare experience, having served as president of Livingston Healthcare Services, Inc., which UPS acquired in 2000, as well as president & COO of Medigas Inc., a division of Praxair Canada, Inc.

UPS said its new healthcare group will focus on companies engaged in bio-technical development or ones that manufacture or coordinate research trials in the pharmaceutical, medical device and equipment and surgical supply markets.

“Healthcare has an increasingly complex supply chain, unique requirements and societal impacts that necessitate this focus,” said Kurt Kuehn, UPS senior vp of worldwide sales & marketing. “We’re combining our supply chain management capabilities and healthcare expertise to accelerate new product entry, provide detailed inventory, expiration information and reporting compliance and respond to service and critical care needs.”

UPS said its healthcare logistics focus will be organized along four functional areas to address UPS products, customer relationships, global infrastructure and information technology. The team will constantly assess industry trends and emerging issues to develop the resources most useful to the healthcare industry.

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