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Hospira Names Ken Meyers to Lead Human Resources

LAKE FOREST, Ill., Nov. 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Hospira, Inc. (NYSE: HSP), a global specialty pharmaceutical and medication delivery company, announced today that Ken Meyers has been named senior vice president, Organizational Transformation and People Development. In this capacity, he will lead the global human resources function with a focus on advancing Hospira's high-performance culture and organizational excellence. Meyers succeeds Henry Weishaar, who is retiring Dec. 31, 2008, and will report directly to Christopher Begley, chairman and chief executive officer.

"Ken's extensive cross-industry experience in operations and human resources, combined with his track record of building team-based environments that align with the company's culture and vision, will be integral to Hospira as we nurture a climate that fosters innovation and supports significant global market expansion," said Begley. "Hospira's employees are our greatest resource and competitive advantage, and I am confident entrusting this important function to Ken."

Most recently, Meyers, 46, was a partner at Oliver Wyman, an international management consulting firm. A specialist in leadership development, Meyers has extensive experience working with senior teams in facilitating their acceleration to high performance, and has served as a principal consultant and coach to senior executives at well-known companies such as Amgen, L'Oreal, Nike, Novartis, Time Warner, Sara Lee and Unilever.

Prior to joining Oliver Wyman, Meyers was senior vice president, Human Resources, Starbucks Coffee International, leading human resources strategy and direction as Starbucks expanded internationally through company-owned, licensed and joint-venture operations. Throughout his more than 20-year career in global human resources and senior-line management, he also held various leadership positions with Disney, Gymboree and United Technologies.

Meyers earned his bachelor's degree in International Business and Human Resources Management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and his master's of business administration from the Harvard Business School.

About Hospira

Hospira, Inc. is a global specialty pharmaceutical and medication delivery company dedicated to Advancing Wellness(TM). As the world leader in specialty generic injectable pharmaceuticals, Hospira offers one of the broadest portfolios of generic acute-care and oncology injectables, as well as integrated infusion therapy and medication management solutions. Through its products, Hospira helps improve the safety, cost and productivity of patient care. The company is headquartered in Lake Forest, Ill., and has more than 14,000 employees. Learn more at


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