Twenty Women Leaders In Healthcare Industry

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Twenty Women Leaders In Healthcare Industry


  • Trailblazing, inspiring, and emancipating, women’s contribution to society is highly significant. By breaking the shackles of orthodox social customs, they made an indistinguishable place in society that we all should be proud of
  • Every year on the 8th of March, the world celebrates International Women’s Day as a day of observance for women’s triumph in the social, economic, cultural, and political domain
  • This year, while the world celebrated International Women’s Day, PharmaShots was busy preparing a list of 20 pioneering women, selected at random from an extensive list of thousands. We are esteemed and elated to present a list of the 20 women who have excelled in reaching the summit of excellence, arranged alphabetically


Total experience: 16 yrs.

Present company and time period: Pfizer (2 yrs.)

Designation: Chief Medical Officer (CMO) and Head of Worldwide Medical and Safety at Pfizer

Previous company: Stanford University (12 yrs. 2 mos.)

Award & Nominations: Aida has been bestowed with many coveted and prestigious awards. Her notable achievements can be attributed to the fact that she has been acclaimed with the Kenneth Rainin Foundation Synergy Award, Robert Wood Johnson Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Award, Immunology Faculty Mentor of the Year, and Gastroenterology & Hepatology Teaching Award.

Education: She is a Post Graduate Research Fellow in Gastroenterology and Immunology from Stanford University School of Medicine.

Other Affiliations: Presently, Aida serves as an Executive Board Member for the International Science Reserve in The New York Academy of Sciences Board of Governors. She has also been appointed as the president of the American Pancreas Association (APA). An elected member of Association of American Physicians (AAP) and the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI), she also serves fellow of the American Gastroenterological Association.

Birthplace: She was born in Asmara (Eritrea)

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Total experience: 31 yrs. 4 mos.

Present company and time period: Sensium Healthcare (6 yrs. 8 mos.)

Designation: Chief Scientific Officer

Previous company: Toumaz UK Ltd. (15 yrs. 7 mos.)

Education: Alison has a Doctor Philosophy (Ph.D.), Analogue IC Design from Imperial College London.

Other Affiliations: Alison works as a visiting researcher at Imperial College's Institute of Biomedical Engineering. She has been named inventor on more than 20 patents and has more than 80 peer-reviewed publications. In addition to serving as Associate Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Open Access Journal of Circuits and Systems, she has been an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems since 2008.



Total experience: 26 yrs.

Present company and time period: Pfizer (26 yrs.)

Designation: Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) and President

Award & Nominations: She has her mention in Fortune’s “Top 50 Most Powerful Women” in 2020, 2021, and 2022 ranking 16th, 11th, and 13th respectively. For her efforts to promote inclusion, equity, and diversity, she was given the President's AwardTM by the National Diversity Council in 2021. She has also received recognition as one of the Top 25 Women Leaders in Modern Healthcare and as an A100 Honoree, which recognizes the 100 most significant AAPI leaders from the previous year. She has also been awarded Crain’s Notable Women in Healthcare in 2019.

Education: She graduated from Cornell University with a master’s in Business Administration and Management.

Other Affiliations: Angela is an active Board of Director member of the Pfizer Foundation (a charitable organization addressing global health challenges), European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA), and UPS (the global leader in package delivery and supply chain logistics). She was also selected as the 39th Robert S. Hatfield Economic Fellow at Cornell University in 2022.

Birthplace: She spent her childhood in South Africa.

Additional Information: Angela started a podcast series Diverse Perspectives where she interviews thought leaders from around the world who are bringing about change in a range of industries.



Total experience: 27 yrs.

Present company and time period: Merck (12 yrs.)

Designation: Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chair of the Executive Board

Previous company: Sanofi (8 yrs.)

Award & Nominations: Belén has been listed in the “World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” of the Forbes List in the 2022 edition. In 2016, she received a special career-recognition award from Fundamed Foundation (a non-profit Spanish foundation) in the category of the most influential pharmaceutical executive from Spain over the past 15 years

Education: Belén is an alumnus of the University of Alcala de Henares as an MS, Ph.D., and medical doctor in clinical pharmacology

Other Affiliations: She is a member of the Board of Directors of L’Oréal S.A and Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria S.A

Birthplace: Belén was born in Almansa (Spain)

Additional Information: Merck became a significant international participant in immunology, oncology, and immune oncology under her leadership of the Healthcare business. Belén Garijo also created two significant international collaborations that raised the value of the Healthcare business. She also concentrated on business globalization strengthening Merck’s position in the United States, Japan, and other high-growth markets.



Total experience: 29 yrs.

Present company and time period: GSK (12 yrs. 10 mos.)

Designation: Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Previous company: Loreal (17 yrs.)

Award & Nominations: For her contributions to the pharmaceutical sector and business, Emma received the rank of Dame Commander (DBE) in the 2020 Queen's Birthday Honours. She ranked 2nd on the “Most Powerful International Women” of Fortune Magazine 2019 edition

Education: She holds a master’s degree in classics and modern languages from Oxford University

Other Affiliations: Emma was appointed as Independent Director for Microsoft board in Dec’19. Her role with Microsoft is to grow the healthcare business as an advisor

Birthplace: Emma grew up in Cumbria (England)



Total experience: 33 yrs.

Present company and time period: Novartis (2 mos.)

Designation: President at Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research

Previous company: Merck (4 yrs.)

Award & Nominations: Fiona has been awarded with the Prize for Women in Pharmacology from Astra Zeneca issued by the British Pharmacological Society in December 2018.

Education: She gained her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Cambridge.

Other Affiliations: She is a fellow of the Royal Society (May 2021) associated with Merck.

Additional Information: Fiona leads a team of 5,600 scientists and other associates across six research sites. She enjoys visiting national parks and locations dedicated to wildlife conservation. She enjoys visiting her family in her native England as well.

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Total experience: 24 yrs. 5 mos.

Present company and time period: Tivic Health (6 yrs. 7 mos.)

Designation: Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Previous company: Thin Film Electronics ASA (4 yrs. 9 mos.)

Education: Jennifer holds an MBA degree from the Santa Clara University.

Other Affiliations: Under Ernst’s leadership, Tivic Health's initial product, ClearUP, a non-invasive bioelectronic device for treating moderate to severe congestion and allergy-related sinus pain was introduced. Since its launch in 2016, Tivic Health has obtained three regulatory clearances for ClearUP, including FDA 510(k), FDA De Novo, and CE Mark, four patents, and numerous awards. She developed various mobile technologies and pioneered early electronic labels including NFC tags, which helped Thin Film Electronics win the Wall Street Innovation Award and the Global Technology Award.



Total experience: 16 yrs.

Present company and time period: Johnson & Johnson (13 yrs. 6 mos.)

Designation: Executive Vice President and Worldwide Chairman

Previous company: Merck (2 yrs. 9 mos.)

Award & Nominations: Jennifer has been awarded by the National Association for Female Executives as “Woman of Achievement” in 2017. For the past seven years, she has been included on Fortune's list of the "Most Powerful Women" in appreciation of her contributions on behalf of patients.

Education: She holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Other Affiliations: Jennifer is the Board of Directors member in Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America. She also sits on the Advisory Board of the Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics at the University of Southern California and the Leadership Consortium of the National Academy of Medicine. Additionally, Jennifer is a member of the McDonald's Corporation Board of Directors.

Additional Information: Jennifer has played a key role in developing the global strategy for the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, which has resulted in the successful delivery of essential new medications for millions of patients suffering from cancer, immune-related diseases, heart disease, pulmonary hypertension, infectious diseases, and severe mental illness. With more than $50 billion in annual global revenue, Janssen has grown to be the second-largest innovative pharmaceutical company under her direction. Additionally, the business has been ranked first in the pharmaceutical industry for nine years running on Fortune magazine's list of the "World's Most Admired Companies."



Total experience: 29 yrs.

Present company and time period: Novartis (1 yr. 8 mos.)

Designation: Chief Legal Officer and member of the Executive Committee

Previous company: AbbVie (8 yrs. 3 mos.)

Award & Nominations: Karen was one of the top 50 corporate American women in 2019 according to Black Enterprise magazine.

Education: Karen has earned her degree as Doctor of Law-JD, Law from William & Mary Law School.



Total experience: 31 yrs.

Present company and time period: Medtronic (7 yrs.)

Designation: Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Previous company: Comerica Bank (5 yrs.)

Award & Nominations: The Healthcare Technology Report named Karen as the second-best Women Leader in Medical Devices at the beginning of 2021.

Education: She earned her Master’s in Business Administration, Accounting, and Finance from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Other Affiliations: Additionally, Karen promotes the growth of senior women leaders at Medtronic by acting as the Executive Sponsor of the Women's Network "Commit to Connect" leadership program and the Medtronic PRIDE Employee Resource Group.



Total experience: 35 yrs. 6 mos.

Present company and time period: Moderna (1 yr. 8 mos.)

Designation: Chief Brand Officer (CBO)

Previous company: Ogilvy Health

Award & Nominations: In association with Moderna, Kate has been ranked among Health Influencer 2022 (by PR Week)

Education: She obtained her BA, in Biology from Smith College.

Other Affiliations: Kate participates actively in the exclusive membership network known as Chief, which connects and supports female executive leaders.

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Total experience: 45 yrs.

Present company and time period: Biocon Biologics (3 yrs. 9 mos.)

Designation: Executive Chairperson

Award & Nominations: Kiran has been honored with two of India’s prestigious civilian awards: Padma Shri (1989) and Padma Bhushan (2005). She has also received EY World Entrepreneur of the Year (2020) and ICMR’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Achievement in Healthcare (2019). For being a role model in embracing the principles of Quality, for the successful adoption of quality practices at the company, and for visionary leadership, she has been conferred by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) with the Quality Ratna Award for 2020. In 2021, she received the Bharat Asmita Vigyaan Tantragyaan Shreshtha Award for the best use of science and technology through innovation.

Education: She has earned her Doctorate in Science from the University of Galway and Trinity College Dublin

Other Affiliations: Most recently, she was elected as a full-term member of the Board of Trustees of The MIT Corporation, USA. She is the second business leader to sign the Giving Pledge from India.

Birthplace: She was brought up in Bangalore, India

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Total experience: 32 yrs.

Present company and time period: AbbVie (10 yrs.)

Designation: Vice Chairman, External Affairs, and Chief Legal Officer

Previous company: Abbott

Award & Nominations: Laura has been named as The Deal’s “Top Deal Maker” and as a Top Health influencer by Medical, Marketing & Media

Education: With a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Notre Dame, she holds a degree in Doctor of Law from University of Wisconsin, Madison

Other Affiliations: She has a membership of the American Bar Association, the Economic Club of Chicago, and the National Association of Corporate Directors

Birthplace: Laura was born in Chicago, USA



Total experience: 26 yrs.

Present company and time period: Medtronic (4 yrs. 4 mos.)

Designation: Chief Scientific, Medical, and Regulatory Officer

Previous company: Brigham and Women's Hospital

Award & Nominations: In 2017 the American Heart Association gave her the Joseph A. Vita Award for Clinical Research.

Education: Laura holds a Doctor of Medicine degree from the prestigious Harvard Medical School.

Other Affiliations: With almost 200 original publications, she has worked as a Senior Editor for the journal Circulation. She held a variety of significant leadership positions, including Chief Scientific Advisor for the Harvard Clinical Research Institute, and conducted multiple clinical trials to evaluate novel medical devices and medications. She is an expert in trial design, strategy, and data analysis.



Total experience: 38 yrs.

Present company and time period: Xvivo (4 mos.)

Designation: Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Previous company: Getinge Group (7 yrs. 7 mos.)

Award & Nominations: Lena was ranked 7th in the Healthcare Technology Report, and was included in the Top 25 Women Leaders in Medical Devices

Education: She has earned her B.Sc in Chemistry and Textile Engineering from Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg

Additional Information: Lena has extensive knowledge of FDA and EU laws and regulations and has experience of multi-site FDA Consent Decree and quality and regulatory remediation programs



Total experience: 32 yrs. 8 mos.

Present company and time period: Labcorp (32 yrs. 8 mos.)

Designation: Chief Scientific Officer (CSO), Sr. VP

Award & Nominations: Marcia was named to 2021 Fierce Healthcare’s Women of Influence. She has received honors and recognition for her contributions to the development of forensic DNA testing.

Education: Marcia holds multiple degrees as an undergrad in BS Biology, BA Psychology, and MS Biology (Molecular) from SUNY Albany Ph.D. in Molecular Biology - Bronx HS of Science from Univ of Kentucky-Lexington.

Other Affiliations: She holds New York State Department of Health certification in Molecular Genetics and Molecular Oncology.

Birthplace: New York, USA



Total experience: 22 yrs.

Present company and time period: Novartis (3 yrs. 7 mos.)

Designation: Chief Commercial Officer and President, Innovative Medicines International

Previous company: Advanced Accelerator Applications (4 mos.)

Education: She is an alumina of IMD with post graduate degree in Business Administration.

Other Affiliations: She is a member on the board of the IMD Foundation, the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA), and AXA.

Additional Information: She has more than 25 years of international expertise in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors and is proficient in six languages. As a leader, she wants to foster an inclusive environment where everyone can be themselves and work together to make a significant difference for patients. She believes that one of the keys to success, both personally and professionally, is having a healthy work-life balance.



Total experience: 25+ yrs.

Present company and time period: Takeda (7 yrs. 8 mos.)

Designation: President, Global Portfolio Division

Previous company: Eli Lilly and Company (5 yrs. 7 mos.)

Education: Ramona holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from McMaster University and a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in molecular genetics and molecular biology from the University of Toronto.

Other Affiliations: Ramona spent seven years as a member of PhRMA’s board of directors, serving on numerous committees, as treasurer, vice-chair and most recently as the first woman to serve as chair in the organization’s history. Ramona is a member of the Board of Directors of Edwards Life Sciences and the Board of Trustees of Harvey Mudd College.

Birthplace: Ramona was born and brought up in Toronto.



Total experience: 26 yrs.

Present company and time period: Janssen (3 yrs.)

Designation: Global Head

Previous company: Merck Global Vaccines (2 yrs. 8 mos.)

Education: Ruxandra is a post-doctoral fellow in Molecular Biology, Gene Therapy from Baylor College of Medicine

Other Affiliations: The first gene therapy product for use in farm animals was created by her. With more than 100 patents and patent applications in the fields of gene therapy, vector design, electroporation, and other physical techniques of delivering macromolecules, novel vaccines, and endocrinology, Ruxandra is the author or co-author of more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters.



Total experience: 37 yrs.

Present company and time period: Stryker Corporation (25 yrs.)

Designation: Vice President and Chief Corporate Affairs Officer

Previous company: Pfizer (10 yrs. 2 mos.)

Education: Yin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Rider University.

Other Affiliations: Yin has meticulously held several leadership roles within Stryker. She served as Vice President in the Orthopedic division of Stryker and as a Healthcare Innovations and Executive Director of the Homer Stryker Center. She started the company’s first global donating and volunteering program for the company and actively supports medical missions for underprivileged people throughout the globe.


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Shivani is a content writer at PharmaShots. She has a keen interest in recent innovations in the life sciences industry. She covers news related to Product approvals, clinical trial results, and updates. She can be contacted at connect@pharmashots.com.

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