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Cowman and O’Dowd To Lead HDA Research Foundation Board of Directors

February 9, 2022

Arlington, Va. — The HDA Research Foundation announced Craig Cowman of Cardinal Health as Chairman of its Board of Directors. Stephen O’Dowd of Eisai, Inc., is Vice Chairman.

Mr. Cowman, who served as the Foundation Vice Chair for the past two years, assumes leadership of the board from Michael Conley, who retired from Novartis Pharmaceuticals at the end of 2021. As Executive Vice President of Global Sourcing for Cardinal Health, Mr. Cowman manages strategic sourcing and supplier management enterprise wide. In this capacity, he leads the teams responsible for sourcing pharmaceuticals, medical products as well as indirect goods and services. Mr. O’Dowd, Executive Director – Market Access at Eisai, directs the groups responsible for executing the company’s pricing, contracting and trade relations strategies across all Eisai products.  

“I am pleased to welcome Craig and Steve into their new roles,” said Perry Fri, Executive Vice President of Industry Relations, Membership & Education at HDA; and COO of the HDA Research Foundation. “Together with the Board of Directors, we will continue the important work of serving as a thought leader to industry stakeholders and others interested in understanding the dynamics behind our country’s safe and efficient healthcare supply chain.” 

A current board membership listing is available here.


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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