ABB OPTICAL GROUP announced the appointment of Thomas E. Burke III, a healthcare logistics leader with nearly 40 years of experience, to CEO. Burke will assume CEO responsibilities from Angel Alvarez, who will remain as chairman. Brad Weinbrum will continue as president.
“We are thrilled to have Tom as part of the ABB OPTICAL team. He brings the additional talent and leadership needed to harness the dynamic opportunities for growth and innovation that we have in front of us,” Alvarez says. “Tom’s expertise and experience in building innovative customer solutions, developing cutting-edge warehouse and logistics networks, and leading dynamic and engaged teams will be an asset to our customers and all of our stakeholders. He represents a perfect cultural fit with our core values.”
Prior to joining ABB OPTICAL, Burke (pictured) was CEO of Massachusetts-based Medical Specialties Distributors, a supply chain solutions provider for the home infusion therapy, home medical equipment, and oncology markets. Previously, he served as vice president/general manager of the specialty distribution division of Cardinal Health from 2012 to 2014 and then as senior vice president/general manager for Cardinal Health’s acute pharmaceutical distribution business and numerous solutions companies from 2014 to 2016. He was CEO and president of Miami-based Novis Pharmaceuticals, a start-up national distributor of therapeutic products, from 2007 until 2012, when it was acquired by Cardinal Health.
 “Since day one, I have been passionate about delivering best-in-class service to healthcare providers to better enable them to improve the lives of their patients,” Burke says. “I look forward to working closely with Angel, Brad and the entire ABB team to build upon the strong foundation that Angel has laid over the past 29 years.”