PPOk Announces Retirement of Chief Executive Officer, Names Successor

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Crumly to assume CEO role on April 1, 2018; Wilson will continue as CEO until April 2018

PPOk today announced the retirement of Lonny Wilson, D.Ph., as CEO. The board of directors elected John Crumly, D.Ph., to be the company’s next CEO, effective April 1, 2018, adding to Crumly’s current responsibilities as President of MaxCare and Executive Vice President of PPOk.

“We thank Lonny for his outstanding leadership of PPOk,” said Crumly. “During Lonny’s tenure, the company experienced significant growth which has helped our independent member pharmacies in Oklahoma and around the United States to continue competing in a very complex and everchanging marketplace while serving patients in their communities.”

Wilson received his Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in 1973. He has served as the CEO of PPOk since 1989, was named President of RxLinc in 1998, and served as the National Community Pharmacists Association’s President from 2011-12. Throughout his accomplished career Wilson has received many awards, including the Southwestern Oklahoma State University School of Pharmacy Outstanding Alumni Award in 1990 and the Dean’s Distinguished Service Award in 2012. Most recently, Wilson received the prestigious NCPA Calvin J. Anthony Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016.

As CEO, Wilson has been instrumental in adding to the company’s mission of becoming an innovative-leading and more strategic organization. Under Wilson’s leadership, PPOk has seen growth and success as the organization completes its 32nd year in business.

“I am grateful and deeply honored to have had the opportunity to lead PPOk for the last 28 years. I am very proud of what my PPOk colleagues have been able to accomplish together over three decades of both successes and challenges.”

The organization’s board of directors have elected Crumly as CEO, effective April 1, 2018. Crumly’s career with PPOk and MaxCare spans 16 years. Wilson said, “John’s decisive leadership and vast experiences across the entire landscape within the pharmacy industry uniquely qualifies him to step into this role in April.”

“I am excited for the opportunity to lead PPOk, particularly during a time of great challenge and unique opportunity within the community pharmacy industry. We will stand by the values in which our Board of Directors has communicated and Lonny has championed over the years, yet act resolutely to uphold our strong competitive position within the industry. We will be laser focused in our mission to make sure patients have the choice to receive high-quality pharmacy services in their own community.”

PPOk is committed to cost containment strategies and information management. PPOk provides services for over 3800 pharmacies nationwide. PPOk’s sole purpose is to ensure the viability, success, and competitiveness of its participating pharmacies. More news and information about PPOk can be viewed at http://www.ppok.com

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