Jennifer Yowler has been named president of PharMerica Corporation. She is the first woman to hold the role in the company’s history.

Yowler has served as PharMerica’s chief financial officer since 2019, playing a lead role in the development and execution of the financial and operational strategy of the company. She takes over for Robert Dries, who is retiring. Dries was to remain onboard temporarily as an executive advisor to assist with a smooth transition, Louisville-based PharMerica told Louisville Business First. The company quietly moved Yowler to the top of its leadership website and shared news of her promotion on LinkedIn in March.

Yowler joined PharMerica after 20 years as a senior healthcare executive. She has experience in finance and operations at multiple companies in the long-term care and healthcare industry, including Omnicare, Partners Pharmacy and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Her background includes work in corporate finance, operations, mergers and acquisitions, and strategic planning.

She holds a bachelor of science degree in business administration in accounting from Ohio University.

Yowler told the news organization that one of her key goals will be to work with employees to fill their needs, supporting the work environment and communicating with them about opportunities within the company. 

With more than 140 pharmacies and 6,000-plus employees, PharMerica is one of the nation’s largest providers of pharmacy solutions for long-term care, senior living, hospice, behavioral health and specialty settings.