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Lilly's John Lechleiter Becomes PhRMA Board Chairman; Robert J. Hugin, Ian Read Assume New Posts
Date:4/13/2012

BOSTON, April 13, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- John C. Lechleiter, Ph.D., chairman, president and CEO of Eli Lilly and Company, was elected chairman of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) today at the trade association's annual meeting. Also elected were Celgene Corporation President, CEO, and Chairman Robert J. Hugin as chairman-elect of the PhRMA Board of Directors, and Ian C. Read, president and CEO of Pfizer, Inc., as board treasurer. 

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Dr. Lechleiter succeeds Christopher Viehbacher, CEO of Sanofi, as PhRMA's chairman. 
 
"Chris has been indispensable to PhRMA on many fronts, providing invaluable leadership as the industry navigates the evolving policy and regulatory landscapes essential to continued innovation while always putting patients first," said PhRMA President and CEO John J. Castellani. "As Dr. Lechleiter assumes the chairman role, we can all feel comfort knowing that the patient-centered approaches we utilize in all our advocacy efforts will continue to be central to our mission of advancing innovation in the U.S and worldwide.  It is an honor to work closely with these visionary, passionate leaders of our sector." 

Dr. Lechleiter has served as chairman, president, and CEO of Lilly since 2008. He became president and chief operating officer of Lilly in 2005, when he joined the company's board of directors. His career at Lilly began in 1979 as a senior organic chemist in process research and development -- a department he later led in 1982. He was named executive vice president for pharmaceutical products and corporate development in 2001. In 2004, he became Lilly's executive vice president for pharmaceutical operations.

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