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GlaxoSmithKline President of North America Pharmaceuticals, Deirdre Connelly, Named 2010 Woman of the Year by the Healthcare Businesswomen's Association
Date:2/16/2010

Eli Lilly and Company, where she most recently served as president of Lilly USA. She held a variety of executive positions at the company, including senior vice president of human resources for Eli Lilly and Company, vice president of human resources for pharmaceutical operations, executive director of global marketing for Evista, and leader of the U.S. women's health business unit. She began her career in the pharmaceutical industry in 1984 as a sales representative for Lilly in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where she was born.

"Deirdre has a deep commitment to the patient, the customer, and the values that are absolutely necessary for our future," said Andrew Witty, chief executive officer of GlaxoSmithKline. "The healthcare world is rapidly changing, and our industry will continue to operate effectively only if we gain society's trust. Since joining us, Deirdre has established a strong strategic vision for the U.S. market and has created a culture of performance while operating within a framework of integrity, respect and transparency. She not only talks about these values, she is a leader who lives these values and cultivates them in others."

In 2008, Ms. Connelly was appointed to the President's Commission on White House Fellowships, a prestigious program that grooms young professionals for work in public service.  She also serves as a member of the board of directors of Macy's Inc.

Ms. Connelly earned a bachelor's degree in economics and marketing from Lycoming College in Pennsylvania, and graduated from Harvard University's Advanced Management Program.  She has served as a mentor and leadership speaker for a number of organizations, including the HBA.

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