Last year the 1987 M.B.A. graduate was named president and CEO of the San Francisco-based McKessonHBOC, a $40 billion supply management and health care information technology company with 25,000 worldwide employees. McKesson’s clients include hospitals, retail pharmacies, physicians, long-term care sites, home-care agencies, pharmaceutical manufacturers, medical surgical manu- facturers and health care payers.
The high-profile position landed Hammergren on Forbes magazine’s list of America’s Most Powerful People. His $4.3 million salary and stock options package also ranked him 234th on Forbes’ Top 800 CEOs list—and ahead of CEOs from Coca-Cola, Nike and Hewlett Packard. “The exposure is difficult to get used to,” says Hammergren. “Everyone starts calling and claiming to be a long-lost friend.”