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McKesson names James Beer CFO

By Modern Healthcare
Posted: September 30, 2013 - 7:00 pm ET

McKesson Corp. hired Symantec Corp. executive James Beer as executive VP and chief financial officer.

Beer, 52, has been CFO at Symantec since 2006 and will join the San Francisco-based pharmaceutical distribution and health information technology company on Oct. 9. He succeeds Jeff Campbell, who left McKesson in June to become CFO at American Express.

McKesson will pay Beer a $1.1 million signing bonus and a base salary of $800,000 with an opportunity to double that sum in the company's management incentive plan, as well as a $446,000 bonus if he remains with the company until the close of March 2014, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The company is also recommending that its compensation committee approve various stock awards with grant-date values totaling about $9 million.

“McKesson is strongly positioned to take advantage of tremendous growth opportunities in healthcare as the industry transforms through health reform,” Beer said in a news release announcing the appointment.

Before working for Symantec, a computer security company, Beer was CFO for American Airlines and its parent, AMR Corp. McKesson Chairman and CEO John Hammergren praised his experience leading publicly traded companies in different industries.


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