Ann Fahey-Widman, APR
Vice President, Corporate Communications
Medline Industries, Inc., the nation's largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of medical and surgical supplies, announced today that it has appointed Karen Garoukian Ferraro as senior vice president, global human resources. Ferraro has more than 25 years of human resources experience and will be responsible for developing and leading Medline's global human resource strategy, including talent development and diversity, recruitment and selection, performance management and total rewards within Medline's business groups.
"We are thrilled to have Karen join the Medline team," said David Greenberg, Medline's executive vice president of strategy. "Her experience and understanding of the human resources function will be invaluable to us as our business continues to expand both domestically and internationally."
Ferraro joins Medline from SC Johnson where she led human resources for numerous divisions, including Latin America, R&D, Finance, IT, and Corporate. She also was responsible for leading executive recruiting globally. She most recently served as senior director, North America human resources, with responsibility for all aspects of the human resources function. She has a master's degree in Organizational Communication from University of Wisconsin-Madison.
As the nation's largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of health care and surgical products, Medline manufactures and distributes more than 350,000 products to hospitals, extended care facilities, surgery centers, physician offices, home care providers and agencies, and retailers. Recently named one of the nation’s "Best and Brightest Companies to Work for,” Medline is headquartered in Mundelein, Ill. and has more than 1,100 dedicated sales representatives nationwide to support its broad product line and cost management services.
Over the past five years, Medline has been the fastest-growing distributor of medical and surgical supplies in the U.S., serving as the primary distributor to over 450 major hospitals and healthcare systems. As a leading distributor, Medline offers a comprehensive array of consulting and management services encompassing the supply chain and logistics, utilization and standardization, business tools and enhanced reporting capabilities and on-staff clinicians.
Medline has a growing network of 50 manufacturing and distribution centers worldwide, as well as an expanding, dedicated transportation fleet with over 200 vehicles in a variety of sizes to fit customers' specific delivery needs. The fleet is equipped with the latest navigation devices for enhanced order tracking and communication.