Owens & Minor Names Richard W. Mears as Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer

Jun 06, 2005, 01:00 ET from Owens & Minor, Inc.

    RICHMOND, Va., June 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Owens & Minor (NYSE:   OMI)
 announced today that it has named Richard W. Mears as senior vice president,
 chief information officer for Owens & Minor.  Mears, 45, joins Owens & Minor
 after serving more than 15 years with Perot Systems Corporation, an
 information technology services company that delivers technology-based
 business solutions to companies around the world. Mears was most recently
 Perot Systems' East Region U.S. Executive Director - Healthcare Division, a
 position he has held since 2003. Owens & Minor, the nation's leading
 distributor of national name brand medical and surgical supplies and a
 healthcare supply chain management company, outsourced its information
 technology functions to Perot Systems in 1998. Mears will assume his new
 duties effective June 6, 2005.
     In his most recent capacity with Perot Systems, Mears was responsible for
 operations and sales for a team of approximately 750 associates, serving 10
 healthcare industry customers, including Owens & Minor. From 1998 to 2003,
 Mears was the account executive for the Owens & Minor relationship, and
 oversaw the implementation of the 10-year Owens & Minor outsourcing contract.
 Mears also helped lead Owens & Minor to #1 rankings in the InformationWeek 500
 in 2001 and 2003. Mears, who has twenty-three years of experience in the
 information technology field, worked with a variety of Perot Systems customers
 including AT&T, Fannie Mae, Eastman Kodak, and MCI. Mears also worked for
 Circuit City Stores, Inc., and Electronic Data Systems.
     "Rick has been instrumental in helping us design tools that enable our
 healthcare customers to improve the supply chain," said Craig R. Smith,
 president and chief operating officer. "He has been included as part of our
 senior leadership team for the last seven years, and is very familiar with our
 culture and how we work with our customers. Rick also brings a wealth of
 experience gained from working with other healthcare companies. We are very
 pleased to welcome Rick to the team."
     Mears, who will report to Charles C. Colpo, senior vice president,
 operations and technology, earned a bachelor's degree in business
 administration from James Madison University in 1982. He lives in Richmond,
 Virginia with his wife and two children.
     Owens & Minor, Inc., (NYSE:   OMI) a FORTUNE 500 company headquartered in
 Richmond, Virginia, is the leading distributor of national name-brand medical
 and surgical supplies and a healthcare supply chain management company. With a
 diverse product and service offering and distribution centers throughout the
 United States, the company serves hospitals, integrated healthcare systems,
 alternate care locations, group purchasing organizations, the federal
 government and consumers. Owens & Minor provides technology and consulting
 programs that enable healthcare providers to maximize efficiency and cost-
 effectiveness in materials purchasing, improve inventory management and
 streamline logistics across the entire medical supply chain -- from origin of
 product to patient bedside. The company also has established itself as a
 leader in the development and use of technology. For news releases, or for
 more information about Owens & Minor, visit the company Web site at

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