CIO Names McKesson’s Kathy McElligott to CIO Hall of Fame

May 02, 2019

McElligott recognized for using IT to advance business objectives and improve company-wide collaboration

IRVING, TX – May 2, 2019 – McKesson Corporation today announced that Kathy McElligott, executive vice president, chief information officer (CIO) and chief technology officer (CTO) of McKesson, is a 2019 inductee into the CIO Hall of Fame from IDG’s CIO. The CIO Hall of Fame honors a select group of established, outstanding information technology (IT) executives and visionaries who have had a significant impact in the field of IT.

Kathy joined McKesson in 2015 and is responsible for all corporate technology initiatives and guides the overall direction for the company’s healthcare technology products and application development processes.

“On behalf of our employees, I’d like to congratulate Kathy on this great honor,” said Brian Tyler, chief executive officer of McKesson Corporation. “She is a true leader, inspiring those around her to think bigger and giving them the confidence to take risks. At McKesson, she has helped transform how we see and utilize technology. Under her leadership, we’re now using technology in new ways that power our growth, and drive speed, alignment and efficiencies.”

“For more than 20 years, our CIO Hall of Fame has honored the profound business impact and technology vision of the most accomplished chief information officers working today,” said Maryfran Johnson, IDG’s Executive Director of CIO Programs. “We are delighted this year to induct another 20 world-class IT leaders whose career accomplishments across multiple industries underscore the vital, influential role CIOs play in shaping our digital future.”

"I am honored to be included among this well-regarded group of individuals who have made significant contributions to our field,” said Kathy McElligott. “I consider myself very fortunate to have had the opportunity over the course of my career to work with talented teams to deliver business value and positive outcomes.”

Prior to McKesson, Kathy served as the CIO of Emerson, a St. Louis-based global manufacturing and technology company. At Emerson, she managed information technology strategy and information security for the company’s global operations as well as its telecommunications and data center infrastructure. Previously, she spent 22 years with General Electric, holding multiple information systems leadership roles.

Kathy sits on the board of directors for ArcBest, a publicly traded $3.1 billion freight transportation and logistics company. She is also a member of the Arizona State University Industry Engagement Catalyst that provides strategic direction for ASU Fulton School of Engineering’s programs and partners to set the course for engineering and technology in the region and beyond.

In late April, Kathy announced her planned retirement after a successful career with McKesson, Emerson and General Electric. She will remain with McKesson until her successor has been named.

About McKesson Corporation

McKesson Corporation, currently ranked 6th on the FORTUNE 500, is a global leader in healthcare supply chain management solutions, retail pharmacy, community oncology and specialty care, and healthcare information technology. McKesson partners with life sciences companies. manufacturers, providers, pharmacies, governments and other organizations in healthcare to help provide the right medicines, medical products and healthcare services to the right patients at the right time, safely and cost-effectively. United by our ICARE shared principles, our employees work every day to innovate and deliver opportunities to improve patient care in every setting—one product, one partner, one patient at a time.  McKesson has been named the “Most Admired Company” in the healthcare wholesaler category by FORTUNE, a “Best Place to Work” by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, and a top military-friendly company by Military Friendly. For more information, visit

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About the CIO Hall of Fame Awards

The CIO Hall of Fame was first created in 1997 to spotlight 12 outstanding IT leaders who had significantly contributed to and profoundly influenced the IT discipline, the use of technology in business and the advancement of the CIO role. Ten years later, in 2007, CIO inducted its second class of honorees into the CIO Hall of Fame during CIO magazine’s 20th anniversary celebration. CIO continues to showcase this elite group of CIOs – now numbering 140 – during the CIO Hall of Fame induction ceremony. View a list of all inductees.

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