Covid-19 Is Elevating New Type of Executive: Chief Medical Officer

Companies as varied as food processors and cruise lines are adding health experts to their C-suites during the pandemic

Most companies don’t have a chief medical officer, but more are exploring their options as they seek health expertise. Traditionally, companies with CMOs tended to be health-care or pharmaceutical companies or big hospital systems, where medical chiefs manage teams of doctors and researchers and help with product development. Aslan Pharmaceuticals Ltd. and Selecta Biosciences Inc., for instance, named new CMOs this month.

The pandemic is broadening the scope of sectors in need of medical leaders and expanding the duties of CMOs at companies that had one before this year, said Andrew Diamond, the CMO of One Medical, a company that provides primary medical care in the workplace to companies including Alphabet Inc.’s Google.

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