John Sasen 2002John Sasen, Sr., EVP & CMO of PSS World Medical, passed away on Tuesday, February 26, 2013. Sasen’s career in healthcare spanned more than forty years beginning with Clay Adams, a division of BD, where he eventually became VP of Sales, Marketing & Distributor Relations. After 20 years, Sasen joined PSS, where he spent the last 22 years in a variety of executive leadership positions. He was active in many industry organizations and initiatives, and was quick to share his expertise with anyone in need. John’s insights, vision, wisdom, and friendship have been gifts he bestowed unselfishly on so many in our industry. He was inducted into the Medical Distribution Hall of Fame in 2009. (See Repertoire’s article on his career at Services will be held Friday, March 1, 2013 in Ponte Vedra, FL. He will be missed by all who knew him.


A link to John’s obituary and the charities for donations is provided here

3 Responses to “John Sasen, Sr., Industry Leader and Friend”

  • Gerard Palopoli:

    John was an amazing man. He was an icon in the industry and so many looked to him for his thoughts, insights and opinion on industry matters.I have never seen another man in this industry who was loved by his company, peers and his COMPETITORS! He defined the word class and set the example on how to carry yourself. RIP John, you had an impact!

  • Mike Davenport:

    I knew John as a competitor, supplier and teammate at HIDA. I know no one that did not like and respect him.

    I can recall difficult situations when I would ask myself, “what would John do?”

    He will be missed…

  • John was always a positive influence on any project or industry initiative he was involved. He had a true understanding or this convoluted marketplace. Everytime I met him he had an upbeat view of some of the more daunting issues in healthcare. At the last meeting I saw John he was thin and trim. Thus, I was surprised to hear of his departure. He will be missed by many, but more importantly many will have been blessed by knowing John.
    My wife and my prayers will go out to his family during this time of lose.


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