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Perry Fri Named Chief Operating Officer of the HDA Research Foundation

October 6, 2016

ARLINGTON, Va. — The HDA Research Foundation (formerly the Center for Healthcare Supply Chain Research) today announces the appointment of Perry L. Fri as its Chief Operating Officer. He assumes leadership of the Foundation, the 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization of the Healthcare Distribution Alliance (HDA, formerly HDMA), from Karen J. Ribler, who retired at the end of September.

HDA President and CEO John M. Gray said, “I want to thank Karen Ribler for her 11 years of service to the Foundation, and welcome Perry as our new COO. With a wealth of knowledge and experience in the area of industry relations and his passion for promoting supply chain education, Perry brings unique expertise into his new role at the Foundation.”

Fri will continue to serve in his current role as Executive Vice President of Industry Relations, Membership and Education for HDA. In this position he oversees the direction, supervision and development of industry initiatives that facilitate improved business processes and operational efficiencies in the healthcare supply chain.

“As we settle into our new brand identity as the HDA Research Foundation, I am honored to continue the important work of our organization, and expanding our reputation as a go-to-resource for research and education on priority pharmaceutical supply chain issues,” said Fri.

Fri came to HDA in 2006 from the Health Industry Distributors Association (HIDA) where he served as the Vice President of Industry Relations and Program Development. Prior to HIDA, Fri was a consultant for The Hale Group. He also was Vice President of Industry Alliances for Instill Corporation and the Director of Supply Chain Management for NWDA (now HDA).

Fri serves on the Board of Directors for Healthcare Ready, a 501(c)(3) organization established to help public and private sector stakeholders across the pharmaceutical supply chain prepare for (and maintain operations during) disasters. He holds a BA in History from the University of Maryland.

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The HDA Research Foundation is the 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization of the Healthcare Distribution Alliance (HDA). The Foundation serves as the thought leader in driving research, education and discussion for all healthcare supply chain stakeholders, enabling the industry's ability to deliver efficient, safe and secure patient access to medicines and medical products. Learn more at


The Healthcare Distribution Alliance (HDA) represents primary pharmaceutical distributors — the vital link between the nation’s pharmaceutical manufacturers and pharmacies, hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics and others nationwide. Since 1876, HDA has helped members navigate regulations and innovations to get the right medicines to the right patients at the right time, safely and efficiently. The HDA Research Foundation, HDA’s nonprofit charitable foundation, serves the healthcare industry by providing research and education focused on priority healthcare supply chain issues.


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