DUBLIN, Ohio, Feb. 2, 2006 - Cardinal Health, Inc. (NYSE:CAH), the leading provider of products and services supporting the health-care industry, announced today that Ivan K. Fong, the company’s executive vice president and chief legal officer, will be honored by the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) for his contributions to promoting social justice and diversity and for outstanding personal and professional achievements as one of the most influential Asian American lawyers in the United States.
Presented tonight at AALDEF’s annual Lunar New Year Gala in New York, Fong will receive the Justice in Action award, the organization’s highest recognition. Since 1974, AALDEF has honored exceptional individuals who have paved the way for racial justice and equality.
Fong has advanced these ideals as an advocate of pro bono work, particularly among in-house corporate counsel, and as one of the few Asian Americans who are the chief legal officers of Fortune 500 companies. He is also a leader of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and a recent appointee to Cardinal Health’s Corporate Diversity and Inclusion Council. Cardinal Health’s diversity and inclusion strategy involves several key initiatives, including a supplier diversity program, recruitment and training programs, employee mentoring, and diversity and inclusion awareness.
Fong has been previously recognized for his efforts by the Asian American Bar Association of New York, the Asian American Bar Association of the San Francisco Bay Area, and the Organization of Chinese Americans.
“Ivan is a seasoned leader with uncompromising standards and we are proud to have him as part of Cardinal Health’s management team,” said Robert D. Walter, chairman and chief executive officer of Cardinal Health. “As a company, Cardinal Health shares Ivan’s vision through the longstanding support we have provided in our communities and by fostering diversity and inclusion within our workforce and among our suppliers.”
About the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
Founded in 1974, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund is a New York-based organization that promotes and protects the civil rights of Asian Americans nationwide. AALDEF litigates cases that have broad impact on Asian American communities, educates Asian Americans about their legal rights, trains students for careers in public interest law, and shapes public policies to ensure the equal participation of Asian Americans in our democracy. AALDEF is a founding member of the Public Interest Law Center in TriBeCa, which includes the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund.
About Cardinal Health
Headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, Cardinal Health, Inc. (NYSE: CAH) is a $75 billion, global company serving the health-care industry with a broad portfolio of products and services. Through its diverse offering, Cardinal Health delivers integrated health-care solutions that help customers reduce their costs, improve efficiency and deliver better care to patients. The company manufactures, packages and distributes pharmaceuticals and medical supplies, offers a range of clinical services and develops automation products that improve the management and delivery of supplies and medication for hospitals, physician offices and pharmacies. Ranked No. 16 on the Fortune 500, Cardinal Health employs more than 55,000 people on six continents. More information about the company may be found at www.cardinalhealth.com