SOMERVILLE, Mass., Nov. 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — PillPack, the largest e-commerce pharmacy in the United States, announced today that Jim Messina, President and CEO of The Messina Group and former Deputy Chief of Staff and 2012 Campaign Manager to President Obama, has been appointed to its Board of Directors. Simultaneously, PillPack is appointing Dr. Lawrence H. Summers, the Charles W. Eliot University Professor and President Emeritus at Harvard University and the 71st Secretary of the Treasury for President Clinton, as a strategic advisor to the Company.
Mr. Messina is widely credited as the mastermind behind President Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign and is well known for merging technology and politics in a way that was both unpredictable and unprecedented. PillPack partnered with Mr. Messina and his firm beginning in 2015 to navigate systemic industry challenges, such as securing access to insurance networks and working productively with pharmacy benefit managers.
TJ Parker, co-founder and CEO of PillPack, stated, “PillPack has always advocated for a more open, competitive pharmacy market. This will spur new business models, drive down prices, and be better for customers. Jim has been an ally from the beginning. He helped PillPack become, today, the only independent pharmacy with nationwide home-delivery. Adding Jim to the Board gives us a strategic advantage in a rapidly shifting industry.” Read more from Dr. Parker on Medium.
Mr. Messina commented, “Defending access to healthcare has been a defining part of my career to date. Working with PillPack, I’ve seen that pharmacy is an underpowered lever to help lower costs and improve health outcomes. PillPack has a clear vision to change this model. As a Director, I’ll help them create an operating environment that benefits not only PillPack, but all consumers of healthcare.”
Former Treasury Secretary Dr. Lawrence H. Summers is one of America’s leading economists. Dr. Summers served as Director of the White House National Economic Council in the Obama Administration, as President of Harvard University, and as the Chief Economist of the World Bank. He currently serves as Charles W. Eliot University Professor at Harvard and on the board of two cutting edge financial services startups—Square and Lending Club—and also serves on the board of Premise.
Yvonne Hao, Chief Financial and Operating Officer of PillPack, commented, “Dr. Summers is one of the world’s most thoughtful academics on public health, health incentives, and economic models of care delivery. His expertise