Alto Welcomes Secretary Alex M. Azar II to Board of Advisors
May 22, 2023
Alto Pharmacy is thrilled to announce that The Honorable Alex M. Azar II, the 24th Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has joined our board of advisors.
Since its formation in 2020, the Alto board of advisors has provided the company with strategic guidance and helped ensure that our efforts are both impactful and efficient, with services grounded in the highest standards of operational excellence. Secretary Azar brings deep experience in both public health and the private sector, and his personal commitment to the health of all Americans mirrors Alto’s mission and focus on patient outcomes.
During his tenure as Secretary, Secretary Azar led the historic transformation of the healthcare system in the United States and the HHS’s response to the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. He was the architect of Operation Warp Speed, delivering COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics in record time, and led a team of more than 85,000 employees. Among many other accomplishments, Secretary Azar drove efforts to reduce drug prices, increase private insurance options, bring transparency of price and quality information to healthcare, expand telehealth, enable healthcare provider collaborative care models and remove regulatory barriers to low-cost, high-quality care.
He has also played significant roles on the global health stage and championing the U.S.’s global health security efforts, including representing the U.S. in the World Health Assembly, working with the WHO to end Ebola outbreaks in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, chairing the most active G7 health ministerial in history in 2020, and convening and leading western hemisphere coordinated efforts to assist with the Venezuelan refugee crisis.
In addition to his public sector work, Secretary Azar served for ten years at Eli Lilly and Company, including five years as president of Lilly USA, LLC, its largest affiliate. He serves on several corporate and advisory boards and is a part-time Adjunct Professor of Business and Senior Executive-in-Residence at the University of Miami Herbert Business School.
“Alto is honored to welcome Secretary Alex M. Azar II to our board of advisors,” said Alicia Boler Davis, CEO of Alto Pharmacy. “Secretary Azar is one of the most tenured experts in public and private healthcare, and his career-long commitment to improving public health perfectly reflects our top founding value – to put patients first. We are grateful for his service and are excited to leverage his deep experience and learnings as we continue to grow.”
“Alto’s commitment to its mission of fulfilling medicine’s true purpose — to improve quality of life — for everyone who needs it sets it apart from other pharmacies,” said Secretary Azar. “I’ve dedicated my career to developing solutions for providing and enhancing healthcare outcomes for all, and I look forward to working with the Alto team and the board of advisors to continue doing just that.