Name: Dr. John Agwunobi
Title: Senior Vice President and Professional Services Division President
Organization: Wal-Mart Stores
What Makes This Person a Game Changer:
After serving as the United States’ twelfth Assistant Secretary for Health under the George W. Bush Administration, in 2007 four-star admiral Dr. John Agwunobi became the Wal-Mart Stores Division’s senior vice president and professional services division president. In his current role at the world’s leading retailer, Dr. Agwunobi oversees the pharmacies, vision centers and health care clinics.
Prior to his role as Assistant Secretary for Health, Dr. Agwunobi served as the Florida Secretary of Health and State Health Officer for four years, where he led the nation’s first response to the anthrax attack and created a crisis communications plan to battle a potential bioterrorism attack. While in Florida he also addressed the growing obesity epidemic and racial and ethnic health disparities. He also responded to the rampant West Nile Virus and SARS, among other things.
Dr. Agwunobi has also worked as a pediatrician, where he primarily served underserved patients. He has won several awards throughout his career including Public Administrator of the Year, APHA Public Health Hero Citation, and Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters. Dr. Agwunobi has also held several leadership positions, such as Chair of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee to the Director, and on the Board of Directors of the National Quality Forum—an advisory group formed at the recommendation of the President’s Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Health Care Industry.