10 Best CIOs to Watch 2018

Brian Rice Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer, and Customer Support Services of Cardinal Health


Brain Rice is currently leading the global enterprise-wide information technology. That is why he is appointed as the Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer, and Customer Support Services.

In his role, Rice manages the Enterprise IT teams to deliver innovative, reliable and secure technology capabilities that enable Cardinal Health customers to thrive in a dynamic healthcare environment. He is also responsible for the Customer Support Services team that serves healthcare customers so they can focus on their patients.

Before joining Cardinal Health, Rice served as senior vice president, chief information officer, and global business services for Kellogg Company. While at Kellogg Company, Rice’s role as CIO was expanded to include global business services managing more than two thousand professionals across six global and regional service centers. During a previous engagement with Kellogg in the 1990s, he led an information technology team in Sydney, Australia as the regional CIO.

Rice worked at General Motors in Detroit where he was both a global process information officer and then a global services information, officer. Previously, he led Mars, Inc’s Asia Pacific Information Services from Singapore.

While at Kellogg, Rice was active in the United Way serving as co-lead for various campaigns. He was also the founding executive sponsor of “Kapable”, an employee resource group oriented around people with disabilities and their supporters. Rice earned his bachelor’s degree in Computer Information from Ferris State University.

About the Company

Headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, Cardinal Health, Inc. (NYSE: CAH) is a global, integrated healthcare services and products company, providing customized solutions for hospitals, health systems, pharmacies, ambulatory surgery centers, clinical laboratories and physician offices worldwide.

The company provides clinically-proven medical products and pharmaceuticals and cost-effective solutions that enhance supply chain efficiency from hospital to home. Cardinal Health connects patients, providers, payers, pharmacists, and manufacturers for integrated care coordination and better patient management. It is backed by nearly 100 years of experience, with approximately 50,000 employees in 46 countries, Cardinal Health ranks among the top 25 on the Fortune 500.

Cardinal Health is more than a business, more than a partner, more than hard workers, its wings. Its unrivaled scale and focused approach lead to better solutions. The company’s strength flows from four areas of expertise: logistics, product, business, and patient solutions. Cardinal Health welcomes new challenges, anticipates trends, and as Wings, brings support, speed, and mile-high vision to all customers.

For those tasked with navigating the complexities of healthcare, Cardinal Health brings scaled solutions that help its customers thrive in a changing world.

The firm helps pharmacies, hospitals, and ambulatory surgery centers, clinical laboratories, and physician offices focus on patient care while reducing costs, enhancing efficiency and improving quality. It operates the nation’s largest network of radio pharmacies. Cardinal Health provides medical products and services to many of America’s most prestigious medical institutions. Most U.S. hospitals use their products and services to provide care for their patients. And, now the firm is making this same quality and exacting standards of performance available to patients through products that help provide affordable healthcare at home.

The company applies its nearly 100 years of experience and expertise to reduce the total cost of healthcare and to improve the lives of patients. The scale and experience lead to solutions across the entire continuum—not just at certain points but from start to finish; not only today but well into the future. The company is accountable for its results and unrivaled in its scope. In short, it’s Essential to Care™.


Cardinal Health understands how critical it is to streamline your supply chain, identify cost-saving opportunities, and improve your performance and it has the solutions and analytics needed to make that happen. With one of the country’s largest distribution network, the does more than making your process simpler and more affordable—it makes logistics work smarter for you.


It helps you deliver exceptional and cost-effective patient care through its expansive portfolio of high quality, value-oriented products. Cardinal Health manufactures or source more than 2.5 billion healthcare products each year, spanning medical, surgical, pharmaceutical, lab, specialty, and nuclear.


Its vast experience across the healthcare continuum has enabled it to develop proven solutions to help your business perform at its best. “Let us find efficiencies that others don’t know exist, establish lean processes, help control drug costs, or realize new revenue, all in the name of better care for your patients,” says Cardinal Health.


From hospital to home and everywhere in between, Cardinal Health can help you guide your patients through the complexities of their wellness journey. It offers innovative solutions that can help improve care coordination, enhance adherence, and reduce readmissions. The result? Better healthcare provided at a lower cost.