CVS is the largest pharmacy and drugstore chain in the United States, with more than 9,700 locations in 49 states, more than 1,100 MinuteClinic locations, and serving 5 million customers per day. With the threat of Amazon.com (AMZN) entering the pharmacy business looming large, CVS is going on the offensive and looking to buy health insurance company Aetna Inc. (AET) in a $66 billion deal.

These are the four largest individual shareholders in CVS.

Larry J. Merlo

The director, president, and CEO of CVS joined the company in 1990 after the company acquired People's Drug, a chain of drugstores in Alexandra, WV. Merlo was an assistant manager at one of the drugstores and worked his way up to CEO in March 2011. Under Merlo the company has been aggressive about buffing up its health section, making massive acquisitions like their $2.1 billion purchase of Coram, an enteral nutrition (tube-feeding) company, and shelling out $12.7 billion for Omnicare, which supplies prescription drugs to nursing homes. 

As of his Sept. 15 SEC filing, Merlo owns 299,255 shares of CVS stock, with an additional 365,115 in a trust, making him the company's largest shareholder.

C. David Brown II

C. David Brown II is a director of CVS who came to the company after the March 2007 merger of Caremark and CVS. Brown is also a director of Rayonier Advanced Materials. Brown has also been a Chairman of Broad and Cassel, a law firm in Florida, since 2000. 

Brown is the second-largest CVS shareholder with 91,252 shares as of his November 11 SEC filing.

David W Dorman 

David W. Dorman is a CVS director who has been the Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of CVS since May 2011. Before joining CVS, he was the Chairman of the Board of Motorola and most prominently served as CEO of AT&T from 2002-2004. 

Dorman owns 80,388 shares of CVS stock, making him the third-largest individual owner. 

Troyen A. Brennan 

Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Troyen A. Brennan, M.D. received his medical degree from Yale Medical School, and went on to become the Chief Medical Officer at Aetna Inc., the company CVS is nearing a deal to buy. CVS named Brennan as an EVP and the Chief Medical Officer in November 2008. 

Brennan owns 77,068 shares of CVS stock, with 33,486 additional shares of restricted stock, making him the fourth-largest shareholder. 

 

 

 

 

 

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