Eric V. Zwisler
Cardinal Health China

Eric is currently President of Cardinal Health China. Eric has been involved in healthcare businesses in China for the last 23 years. Most recently he was CEO of Zuellig Pharma Asia Pacific, a Pan Asia healthcare distribution and services company with operations in 15 Asian countries and regions. Earlier in his career he spent 16 years establishing and building a breakthrough distribution business in China for Zuellig Pharma, which was sold in 2010 to Cardinal Health for $470 million. Following the sale of the China business to Cardinal Health, Eric returned to China to head-up the China business again.

He has negotiated, established and operated all forms of foreign investment in China, from minority share JV’s to wholly foreign owned enterprises and is well versed in acquisition and integration of Chinese State companies having acquired eight State-owned distribution companies. Eric is well versed in a wide range of healthcare product and service businesses, including prescription, non-precription, OTC, consumer healthcare, vaccine, medical device, lab and reagent product lines. As well as service offerings for hospitals, retail pharmacies, third party logistics, and IT channel management solutions.

Eric has been recognized at the highest levels by the Chinese government for his contributions to business and society, including the Friendship Medal (2008), the highest national level award bestowed on foreigners in China. He is also an Honorary Citizen of Shanghai (2004), and silver and gold Magnolia Medal honoree.

Eric is a keen China observer and a frequent commentator on national political, economic and and healthcare industry trends.

Eric is chairman of the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Wholesalers (IFPW), the international trade organization of pharmaceutical distributors that helps its members and stakeholders advance the safe, efficient and continuous access to pharmaceuticals worldwide through the promotion of good distribution practices and services.

He is also a board member of the Jane Goodall Institute in Shanghai, a China registered NGO promoting sustainable ecological concepts to the youth of China, and a board member of ChinaYES, a US registered 501(3)c promoting environmental protection concepts to the youth of China.

Eric is a graduate of Carroll University with a degree in economics (1980) and holds an MBA (1982) and Masters candidate (no degree) in Chinese Studies (1987) from the University of Michigan, He holds a Chinese language certificate (1988) from the Interuniversity Center for Chinese Studies (Stanford Center) in Taipei. He is fluent (spoken, written) in Mandarin Chinese.

He and his wife have lived in China for over 25 years.