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December 3rd, 2009    

Few organizations report that they have sufficient leadership to support their most pressing business needs. So they must develop their own executives at lightening speed to tackle complex roles as the marketplace — and business strategies — continually change. But when it comes to developing senior-level leaders, what works? Focusing on a case study with McKesson Corp., this Webcast offers a new approach to executive development and accelerating senior leadership transitions to ensure your executives are executing business priorities successfully.


McKesson is the nation’s largest healthcare services company. To support its growth strategy, McKesson created a new vice president-general manager (VPGM) position in 2007, a role designed to build customer intimacy in its U.S. Pharmaceutical Distribution organization, and ensure that day-to-day decisions were aligned with corporate strategy. These executives were also expected to support revenue growth, build leadership capability, and drive operational excellence. It was a highly visible HR move that came with intense scrutiny. Failure was not an option.

So what’s a VP of HR to do? McKesson’s Linda Kricher worked with DDI to create an accelerated development program for newly appointed VPGMs to help them onboard quickly, reach productivity in a short period of time and achieve target results. Learn how this program supported the business model shift and has already led to significant quantifiable results in the areas of finance, operations, workforce and customer service.


Presenters discuss the latest advances in executive development as well as best practices and lessons learned from the McKesson initiative. Topics include:

  • How to secure senior-level sponsorship and engagement for your talent initiatives
  • Navigating the most challenging areas of executive development
  • The critical transitions leaders face — in their roles, for themselves and related to your business — as they move up the ladder, and how to manage them
  • Ensuring business relevance and sustainability for senior-level development initiatives
  • Measuring success in executive development initiatives

About the Webcast Leaders:

Linda Kricher is vice president, human resources, for McKesson Corp., a Fortune 20 healthcare company based in San Francisco. Kricher’s role is to manage a group of 60 human resources directors, managers and coordinators who provide HR services to 5,000 employees across North America. She is a member of the US Pharmaceutical Customer Operations Executive Team. Previously, Kricher served as vice president, learning and organizational development, for the McKesson Technology Division and as director of training and development at Suntory Water Group in Atlanta, Ga.


Diane Boyd, a consulting manager for DDI, manages a team of consultants who design, develop and deploy human resource selection and development strategies for clients around the world, and leads project teams responsible for large-scale client engagements that have significant impact on business performance. She has more than 20 years of experience in human resources, and has developed and deployed HR processes for many Fortune 500 companies, most recently with Alltel, HCA, Kindred Healthcare and Bridgestone/Firestone. Since joining DDI more than 10 years ago, Boyd has helped numerous companies address organizational needs such as competency modeling, reengineering, culture change, work teams, employee involvement, leadership assessment, selection and development.

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