Healthcare giant McKesson Corp. has appointed Kathy McElligott as its next CIO and CTO.
McElligott's appointment as CIO, CTO and executive VP is effective July 20. She succeeds Randy Spratt, who announced his retirement this year after 29 years with San Francisco-based pharmaceutical distributor and technology solutions company McKesson.
As both CTO and CIO, McElligott will be responsible for the company's internal information technology operations as well as strategy related to the company's healthcare technology products. She'll oversee the company's enterprise business technology strategy while also supporting management teams within its technology businesses.
McElligott comes to McKesson from Emerson Electric Co., a global manufacturing company, where she most recently served as CIO since 2010. She was hired at Emerson in 2000 as VP of information technology for Emerson Power Transmission before being promoted to VP of IT for Emerson Industrial Automation and later to global CIO.
Before Emerson, McElligott worked in multiple information systems leadership positions at General Electric Co. Her ultimate position with the company was CIO of supply chain for GE Aircraft Engines.
McKesson is engaged in an ongoing campaign to fund health information technology startups over the next two to three years. It's heavily investing in 15 to 25 companies, potentially spending several hundred million dollars over the next five to eight years.