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Healthcare Businesswomen's Association Names Genentech's Leonard Kanavy, Vice President, Commercial Operations as the 2008 Honorable Mentor
Date:2/27/2008

FAIRFIELD, N.J., Feb. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Healthcare Businesswomen's Association (HBA) today named Genentech's Leonard Kanavy, Vice President, Commercial Operations, as the 2008 Honorable Mentor. Kanavy is the HBA's eighth Honorable Mentor; he will be formally recognized at the 19th annual HBA "Woman of the Year" Luncheon on Thursday, May 8, 2008 at the New York Hilton.

"Genentech is committed to the evolution of leadership and mentoring skills for women throughout the Company and who work in diverse areas - from science and product development, to legal and executive management," said Kanavy. "We understand the importance of identifying and cultivating talent and we're committed to evolving programs that encourage women to get involved and inspire others."

The HBA created the Honorable Mentor Award in 2001 to recognize one individual each year who demonstrates long-term support of the advancement of women in the healthcare industry; has a personal dedication to developing, mentoring and promoting women in the industry; and who has been supportive of the HBA.

"Len was chosen as this year's HBA Honorable Mentor because of his tireless dedication as a mentor of women in our industry and his commitment to their career development," said HBA President Elizabeth M. Mutisya, MD.

Kanavy joined Genentech as Vice President, Commercial Operations in 2006 and his responsibilities include overseeing the Market Planning, Forecasting, Sales Operations, Data Acquisition, Commercial Training, Commercial Business Processes, Thought Leader Management and Market Communications groups.

"Len is deeply respected for his commitment to developing people and particularly for his mentoring of the women on his team. He clearly values the richness of a diverse workforce and helps to empower women to aspire and succeed," said Ian Clark, executive vice president for Genentech's Commercial group. "He is an exceptional leader and role model."

Previous HBA "Honorable Mentor" winners:

-- 2001 -- William S. Sheldon, then President and COO, Eisai Inc.

-- 2002 -- Timothy Rothwell, then Executive Vice President and President, Global Prescription Business for Pharmacia Corporation

-- 2003 -- Ronald W. Dollens, then President and CEO, Guidant Corporation

-- 2004 -- David Epstein, President of Novartis Oncology

-- 2005 -- Mick Mosebrook, then Executive Vice President, Sales, U.S. Pharmaceuticals, Pfizer, Inc.

-- 2006 -- Matthew Emmens, CEO, Shire Pharmaceuticals

-- 2007 -- Lonnel Coats, President and COO, Eisai Inc.

Star Volunteer

Each year, the HBA also honors a star volunteer who stands apart as an exemplary role model and who has demonstrated a long-term commitment to furthering the organization's goals. Anne Camille Talley, an HBA volunteer for more than ten years, and a past HBA board member, has been named the 2008 Star Volunteer. Among many significant activities, Anne Camille has served as a leader in several major HBA research initiatives, including the landmark E.D.G.E. in Leadership Study, an in-depth analysis of the progress and career advancement of women in the healthcare industry, released late last year.

About the HBA

The Healthcare Businesswomen's Association (HBA; http://www.hbanet.org) is celebrating its 30th year (1977-2007) 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 4,100 individual members and nearly 130 corporate partners. It is widely recognized as the catalyst for the professional development and leadership of women in healthcare worldwide.


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