Cynthia LaConte

Cynthia LaConteDohmen Company chief executive officer (CEO) and Dohmen Company Foundation president
2011, Woman Executive of the Year, Biz Times Media
2012, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® for the Upper Midwest

Cynthia LaConte is the CEO of Dohmen, a life science services company focused on reducing the burden of disease by connecting life science innovators more closely with the patients they serve. Dohmen propels start-up, mid-tier and Fortune 500 biopharma and medical device companies as an extension of their team in the areas of supply chain, finance, quality, regulatory, medical information, customer and patient support and technology.

After serving as the vice president of procurement for Dohmen’s pharmaceutical wholesaling division, Cynthia created a joint venture in 1995 called DDN/Obergfel. Based in Memphis, DDN brought a new, outsourced distribution model to market for vertically integrated pharmaceutical companies interested in realizing efficiencies and preserving capital for differentiating activities. In 1996, she facilitated the acquisition of Obergfel and founded DDN Pharmaceutical Logistics, serving as DDN’s president until 2006, when she was named COO of the Dohmen Company.

As COO, she advanced the sale of Dohmen’s $2 billion wholesale division, reorganizing the company post-transaction and redefining its strategy. With a vision of creating an efficient, effective and easy to use health experience, she took the helm as CEO in 2009, building an entirely new company dedicated to supporting the industry shifting paradigm of precision medicine and consumerism within life sciences. 

Grounded in a legacy of purpose that has spanned over 150 years and using her extensive experience in strategic planning, entrepreneurship and change management, Cynthia brought new life to the fifth-generation family-owned company. Since 2009, Dohmen has acquired five life science service companies and three technology companies. It has increased its revenue by over 100%, achieved a 35% ebitda CAGR and become a trusted partner to more than 600 drug and device companies by providing services that more closely connect them with their customers. Today, Dohmen is focused on the integration and launch of this new brand – Dohmen Life Science Services. At launch, DLSS has nearly one million square feet of facility space in WI, TN, CA, NC, MO, IL and CO, over 1000 employees across the country, $200 million in revenue and billions of dollars of transactions processed on behalf of its clients.

In 2008, Cynthia also founded the Dohmen Company Foundation as another way to walk the talk of Dohmen’s culture of caring commitment. Each year a percentage of Dohmen’s profits fund the Foundation and its mission to connect people in need with lifesaving healthcare products and services. In the five years since inception, the Foundation has contributed more than $10 million dollars to this objective, positively affecting over 123 million lives.