Meet HIDA’s 2022 Chairman, Michael Dubose
Michael Dubose, President, Fisher Healthcare Channel, Thermo Fisher Scientific, officially assumed the role of HIDA Board Chair beginning January 2022.
As President of the Fisher Healthcare channel at Thermo Fisher Scientific, Dubose is responsible for the Diagnostic Laboratory Business which serves hospital, government, reference and independent labs; acute care facilities; physician office labs and clinics; and group purchasing organizations (GPO).
“Michael’s deep knowledge of the healthcare continuum is invaluable, especially as we continue to navigate a public health emergency,” said Gina Marchese, 2021 HIDA Board Chair and Concordance Healthcare Solutions EVP. “He also brings broad perspectives and insights from his leadership experience outside of healthcare and in international markets.”
He has held senior leadership roles at the global vice president and president level for both national and global businesses such as W.W. Grainger, Staples, Alliant Foodservice (formerly Kraft Distribution) and Baxter Travenol.
“HIDA and its members will greatly benefit from Michael’s wealth of expertise and insight thanks to his more than 35 years in the healthcare and distribution industries,” said HIDA President & CEO Matthew J. Rowan.
His educational background includes degrees in Music and Business Administration from Florida A&M University in Tallahassee. He serves as a public Board Director for Watts Water Technology Inc. and he is a Board of Trustee Director for Florida A&M University. Dubose is also a member of the Executive Leadership Council. He serves on the Executive Leadership Team for the Atlanta Council for the Boy Scouts of America of which he is an Eagle Scout. He is president of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity National Foundation.
Fisher Healthcare Channel at Thermo Fisher Scientific
“I am humbled and honored to have been selected by my peers to serve as HIDA’s next chairman of the board. Our healthcare distribution networks have played a critical role in responding to the needs of our citizens during these unprecedented times. Together, we will continue with a sense of urgency and commitment to supply the necessary products and services to help with the healing of our nation.”
What are the critical areas you would like to see the industry focus on as HIDA’s Board Chair?
Michael Dubose shares four key areas the industry should rally around to continue to evolve
1. Membership Expansion
Working with our existing members to expand our presence within their organizations will allow us to provide even deeper insights to our member base. Focusing on new member companies, both product and services, will allow us to dive deep into common changes across our healthcare system. Our industry influence could be enhanced by aligning with national and global companies with a common desire to improve our supply chain and responsiveness to the needs of our customers.
2. Diversity and Inclusion
We live in a truly global world with the next generation now taking their place in the workforce. Recognizing a changing workforce and embracing the diversity puts us at an advantage as an industry. We must be committed to equality and diversity to not only attract and retain the best and brightest, but to ensure they are represented at all levels in our respective companies. The best solutions come from the inclusion of diversity of thinking.
3. Environmental Stewardship
The opportunity that we have as an industry to not only support key initiatives addressing the reduction of carbon emissions but also to take a leadership role setting standards for our industry around sustainability. As distributors, we are in a unique position to dramatically impact carbon emissions as we continue optimize our supply chains and operations.
4. Pandemic Preparedness
We have all been challenged as an industry responding to the needs of the global COVID-19 pandemic and enabling the healing of society. The pandemic exposed both strengths and opportunities of the healthcare system with so many affected at one time. We must continue to work with our manufacturing partners. But also with our state and federal officials to ensure we have tri-lateral relationships to address critical product needs fighting against disasters. Our strength in serving our customers and patients will come with partnering across organizations. No one company can do it alone.
This article appears in the January-February 2022 issue of HIDA’s bimonthly member magazine, Healthcare Distribution & Supply Chain™.