Innovation introduces new leadership team

Sandra Levy
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Marvin Richardson is Innovation's new co-president.

High-volume pharmacy automation and software maker Innovation is adding to its leadership team. The move follows the recent close a transaction that saw a consortium of investors led by Greg Wasson, the former Walgreens Boots Alliance CEO, acquire a majority stake in the company.

Innovation’s senior management team will continue to be led by CEO Mary Reno, with former COO, Tom Boyer and former Capstone Consultants managing director Marvin Richardson becoming co-presidents reporting to Reno.

Boyer has been with Innovation for over 10 years, while Richardson is one of the new majority owners. He previously led pharmacy automation consulting company Capstone beginning in 2015, and is a pharmacist who brings a 37-year career in pharmacy and health care to the role. Throughout his career, he has worked in corporate positions with Walgreens and Rite Aid, as well as founding and co-owning Low Cost Health Care, PrairieStone Pharmacies, and DailyMed, a compliance packaging pharmacy started in 2002.

Innovation also has hired three new executives. Rick Hans joins Innovation as CFO. Jessica Baer will serve as general counsel, and Dionne Archie will be executive vice president of human resources.

Hans has over 25 years of retail pharmacy experience including leadership roles with Fred’s and Walgreens in finance, treasury, real estate and investor relations.

Baer recently led her own firm, Jessica Baer Consulting, and previously was the director of the division of professional regulation and a general counsel for the Illinois department of financial and professional regulation.

Archie also recently led her own firm, Transform HR Consulting. She has over 20 years of in-depth human resource experience with Baxalta, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Walgreens, Time Warner Cable, SBC, and Manpower.

Wasson will lead the company as the executive chairman of the board, and the remaining board members include Steve Chang, managing partner of Allomer Capital Group, along with Reno, Boyer, and Mr. Richardson.

Additionally, the company has promoted Alecia Lashier to senior vice president, solutions engineering and Phil Samples to senior vice president, professional services, and has hired Brian Williams as vice president of special operations.

“We’ve brought in some exceptional talent and industry experience to strengthen our leadership team. I’m looking forward to our new team meshing and sharing their ideas and experiences as we continue on our rapid growth path in the coming year,” Reno said.