NSN Conference 2017




Kenneth Thornton

Kenneth Marques Thornton

Vice President of Sales
Cardinal Health, Inc.



Ken Thornton is the Vice President of Sales for the Eastern Zone of the Laboratory Products Division of Cardinal Health. In this role, Ken is responsible for sales growth and earnings attainment of diagnostic instrumentation, reagent and consumable products. This involves managing a team of directors, managers and more than 60 sales consultants. It also requires developing and maintaining relationships with a multitude of suppliers as well as strategic customers.

Ken joined Cardinal Health in 2015 after serving in prominent leadership roles with W.W. Grainger, Johnson & Johnson, Abbott Laboratories and Xerox Corporation. His experience includes demonstrated accomplishments in Team Leadership, Strategic Planning, Process Improvement, Project Management and Brand Marketing.

He earned his BBA degree from Baruch College (New York City) with a major in Marketing and a minor in Biology. Ken is a board member of Lab Tests Online and he serves as the Executive Sponsor of the African American Network for Cardinal Health (Waukegan IL).

Ken’s favorite quote lends insight into his approach to his work at Cardinal Health: Spectacular performance is always preceded by unspectacular preparation.͟