ELITE 2018 Transformational Leader Joe DePinto of Cardinal Health Specialty Solutions

Joe DePinto


Cardinal Health Specialty Solutions

Reaching New Heights in Specialty

Since joining Cardinal Health as President of Specialty Solutions, Joe DePinto has transformed a small but growing business into an industry leader in specialty services, with double-digit annual growth and revenues of more than $12 billion.  

How did he do it? Through numerous accomplishments, including leading the integration of Metro Medical, a specialty pharmaceutical distribution business focused in rheumatology and nephrology, which was acquired by Cardinal Health in 2015. He also drove the significant expansion of distribution and group purchasing organization (GPO) services to oncology providers, including the acquisition of RainTree Oncology Services, which is a physician-owned GPO specializing in oral oncologic products.

Additionally, he oversaw unprecedented growth in the third-party logistics (3PL) business, resulting in expansion into a new 300,000 square-foot warehouse. As if that isn’t enough, he also led significant enhancements in infrastructure and technology within Cardinal Health’s patient services hub to meet growing customer demands for patient support programs and steered the Specialty business to broaden its services for the biopharma industry with new offerings in regulatory sciences, health economics and outcomes research (HEOR), 3PL, and patient access.

And those are just some of his most recent achievements. Joe began his career as a sales representative at Upjohn Pharmaceuticals, and then moved to Ortho Biotech, an oncology-focused biotech company owned by Johnson & Johnson, where he would end up leading the company’s largest oncology sales force. In 2008, he joined Imclone Systems Inc., where he led all aspects of commercial planning and management for all pipeline and existing products—ultimately supporting the sale of the company to Lilly.

And in 2017, Joe was appointed to be the first man to serve on the National Board of Directors for the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA). In the role, he acts as an advocate for the development and promotion of women in the healthcare industry and is a vocal supporter of gender partnership. He also serves on the Advisory Committee for Cardinal Health’s Women’s Initiative Network, an employee group at Cardinal Health that helps women build strong career paths.


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