AmerisourceBergen Elects Richard W. Gochnauer to Its Board of Directors

September 25, 2008


AmerisourceBergen Corporation (NYSE:ABC) today announced that Richard W. Gochnauer, 58, has been elected to its Board of Directors. The election, effective today, increases the number of AmerisourceBergen directors from eight to nine.

Gochnauer has been President and Chief Executive Officer and a director of United Stationers (NASDAQ:USTR) since 2002. United Stationers is North America's largest broad line wholesale distributor of business products with sales of $4.6 billion. From 1994 to 2002, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer and Vice Chairman and President, International of Golden State Foods Corporation, a privately held food distribution business. Prior to joining Golden State Foods, he held numerous senior operations and management positions in food and consumer products companies.

"Dick's strong and extensive background in the distribution business and his proven leadership make him an excellent addition to the Board," said Richard C. Gozon, Chairman of the Board of AmerisourceBergen.

Added R. David Yost, President and Chief Executive Officer of AmerisourceBergen, "Dick's solid commitment to customer service, high performance standards and broad executive experience are valuable additions to the Company."

Gochnauer received his Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard University and his Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern University.

About AmerisourceBergen

AmerisourceBergen is one of the world's largest pharmaceutical services companies serving the United States, Canada and selected global markets. Servicing both pharmaceutical manufacturers and healthcare providers in the pharmaceutical supply channel, the Company provides drug distribution and related services designed to reduce costs and improve patient outcomes. AmerisourceBergen's service solutions range from pharmacy automation and pharmaceutical packaging to reimbursement and pharmaceutical consulting services. With more than $70 billion in annualized revenue, AmerisourceBergen is headquartered in Valley Forge, PA, and employs approximately 11,200 people. AmerisourceBergen is ranked #28 on the Fortune 500 list. For more information, go to

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Source: AmerisourceBergen Corporation