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Healthcare Businesswomen's Association Announces 2008 Board of Directors

Elizabeth M. Mutisya, MD, Elected 2008 President of the HBA

FAIRFIELD, N.J., Jan. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- With a new president at its helm, Elizabeth M. Mutisya, MD, and a newly-installed 2008 Board of Directors, the Healthcare Businesswomen's Association (HBA) continues to mark its 30th Anniversary with an ambitious 2008 leadership agenda and an expanded commitment to furthering the advancement of women leaders in healthcare worldwide. "Our steadily expanding global membership is a clear indicator of the value HBA delivers to its stakeholders," said Mutisya, "empowering members to achieve their full leadership potential and enabling corporate partners to meet their leadership development goals."

Since its inception 30 years ago, the HBA has become the number one women's leadership organization in the healthcare industry, dedicated to recognizing outstanding women in the healthcare industry, providing educational opportunities for its members to develop cutting-edge industry knowledge and leadership skills, and performing groundbreaking research such as the E.D.G.E. in Leadership study, the first to benchmark women's progression in leadership roles in the healthcare industry.

The Board of Directors for the HBA met January 18 for a kick-off strategic planning retreat with the new board members coming together for the first time. The 17-member HBA Board will be led by a seven-member Executive Committee:

1. President: Elizabeth M. Mutisya, MD, McKinsey & Company

2. President-Elect: Christine Zak, Vice President, Allergy Business Unit,


3. First Vice President: Susan Torroella, CEO & President, Columbia MedCom


4. Second Vice President: Lori Ryan, Executive Director, Business Planning

& Analysis, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation

5. Treasurer: Donna Cryer, CEO, CryerHealth, LLC

6. Secretary: Deborah Seltzer, Senior Vice President, Boyden Global

Executive Search; and

7. Immediate Past President: Cathy Kerzner, Senior Vice President and

General Manager, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals.

Dr. Mutisya, the HBA's first African-American president, is committed to leveraging the HBA's global position to ensure that the dialogue about leadership development issues in the life sciences industry, particularly as they relate to women, moves forward. Over the upcoming year, the HBA will equip its members and healthcare companies with data-driven recommendations, award-winning programs, and tools that will help them create or refine effective leadership development plans and initiatives. "I am extremely proud to have been chosen to guide and represent this organization," said Mutisya. "My fellow board members and I will challenge each other to continue to strengthen the HBA's position globally as the premier partner for women's professional development and leadership in healthcare worldwide."

Members of the HBA board are representative of the HBA's diverse membership, which represents all aspects of the healthcare industry, from pharmaceutical and medical device companies to patient advocacy groups, healthcare communications and consulting firms across the US and Europe.

In addition to the Executive Committee, the 2008 HBA Directors-at-Large are:

1. Susan Adler, Vice President, Commercial Analytics, Sepracor Inc.

2. Violet Aldaia, Senior Vice President, BrandEdge Global

3. Eve Dryer, Principal & President, Vox Medica Health Care Public


4. Sheryl Fox, President North America, The Planning Shop International

5. Karla Gonye, Product Manager, EMD Serono, Inc.

6. Arlene Kirsch, PhD, Area/Segment Vice President, Managed Markets,


7. Leigh Ann Luzzi, Marketing Director, Worldwide, Ethicon, Johnson &


8. Barbara Pritchard, President, The Pritchard Group/Intermedica, Inc.

9. Leanne Wagner, Vice President, New Business, Women's Health Care,

Wyeth Pharmaceuticals

10. Eileen Woods, Managing Partner, Agentive

Election of the 2008 slate of Officers and Directors-at-Large took place at the HBA's Annual Business Meeting, during last month's two-day annual HBA Leadership Conference in Washington, DC.

The Healthcare Businesswomen's Association (HBA; is celebrating its 30th year as a global not-for-profit organization dedicated to furthering the advancement of women in healthcare worldwide. With 13 chapters and affiliates throughout the United States and Europe, the HBA is headquartered in New Jersey with offices in Philadelphia and Research Triangle Park. The HBA provides educational opportunities for women and men to develop cutting edge healthcare industry knowledge and leadership skills; recognizes outstanding women and men in the industry; provides opportunities for networking; creates greater visibility for women in the industry; fosters mentoring relationships; and serves as a conduit and sponsor for research on career advancement issues. The HBA has over 4,000 individual members and over 120 corporate partners. It is widely recognized as the catalyst for the professional development and leadership of women in healthcare worldwide.

Contact: Eileen Helm

Vox Medica


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