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  • Sally Blount

    Sally Blount

    Sally Blount is an expert on organizational transformation and leadership. Recently named one of LinkedIn’s Top Voices in management and Poets and Quants 2017 Dean of the Year, Blount is considered one of the most influential leaders in global business education. A record-setting fundraiser, organizational change agent, and transformational builder -- she is regularly featured in top news outlets including The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Forbes, The Economist, Businessweek, Fortune, and MSNBC.

    Blount currently holds the Michael L. Nemmers chair in Strategy at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where she served as dean from 2010-2018. Blount also sits on the board of directors for two Fortune 500 companies, Abbott Laboratories and Ulta Beauty, and the Joyce Foundation and serves on the advisory board for the Aspen Institute Business and Society program.

    Prior to Kellogg, Blount served as dean at NYU Stern College of Business for six years and on faculty at NYU and the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago for nearly two decades. Blount holds a Ph.D. from Northwestern University and B.S.E. from Princeton University. Blount began her career at the Boston Consulting Group.

    Lindsey Brooks

    Lindsey Brooks

    Lindsey Brooks is a Senior Manager on the Retail Health & Wellness team at Johnson & Johnson Consumer, Inc. In this role, she is responsible for identifying, developing, and activating compelling health & wellness programs that aim to improve consumer behavior and health. Leveraging the breadth of the J&J enterprise portfolio and strategic partnerships with retailers, payers and providers, these programs are helping to pave new paths to better care in the ever-changing healthcare environment.

    Prior to her current role, Brooks spent 12 years in marketing across Johnson & Johnson, where she developed her expertise through positions in consumer and professional marketing across multiple areas including pain relief, digestive health, Diabetes, consumer education and patient advocacy. She also spent 5 of those years at Johnson & Johnson Health & Wellness Solutions where she drove participation and engagement of Digital Health Solutions and launched 3 new products for the Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute.

    In addition to her corporate role, Brooks pursues her passion for helping people live healthier, more fulfilling lives as a Certified Personal Trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine, a fitness coach at Orangetheory® Fitness and an occasional keynote speaker.

    Dan Cropsey

    Dan Cropsey

    Dan Cropsey has been on the forefront of marketing technology and consumer intelligence innovation for the CPG industry for over two decades. As product and technology executive for several ground- breaking start-ups and leaders like Nielsen and Catalina, he brought enterprise scale solutions to thousands of brands, retailers, publishers and agencies. Cropsey is an industry expert and strategic advisor across all aspects of marketing data, having fueled solutions ranging from brand strategy, marketing mix and advertising through promotion, merchandising and supply chain.

    In his current role as Senior Vice President of Catalina's Data Strategy, Solutions and Partnerships, Cropsey enables and enriches the data necessary to deeply understand and seamlessly influence shopper behavior across the entire consumer purchase journey. Cropsey is also an integral leader across Catalina’s digital solution portfolio and partnership ecosystem, leveraging his experience launching several industry-firsts across social media, television, and digital media including the launch of Nielsen Catalina Solutions as one of its founders.

    Marta Cyhan-Bowles

    Marta Cyhan-Bowles

    Marta Cyhan-Bowles has two decades of world-class marketing strategy experience, driving the successful growth of global brands with innovative initiatives to achieve unprecedented growth and market share. Laser-focused on next generation solutions, her core strength is in effectively challenging the status quo to help companies improve upon or discover new possibilities for growth and expansion possibilities in target markets. Accomplished and dedicated, Marta is especially skilled at helping organizations thrive in turbulent economies to meet market demands.

    Currently the Chief Marketing Officer at Catalina, Cyhan-Bowles has delivered exceptional leading marketing strategy and powerful initiatives in several industries including retail, food and beverage, beauty, cooking, and manufacturing through her high-level roles with MAC Presents, Pampered Chef, Avon, and Kellogg Company, as well as a host of other corporate, media and private equity clients.

    Katie Devine

    Katie Devine

    Katie Devine is Global President of Johnson & Johnson's Consumer Self-Care (OTC) business.

    Devine has held a variety of positions of increasing responsibility during her 20 year tenure with Johnson & Johnson. She started her career in Supply Chain, holding roles in planning, manufacturing and project management, across the J&J OTC, baby and beauty businesses. In 2006, she moved to Marketing in the Beauty Franchise, where she held local and global roles on CLEAN & CLEAR®, AVEENO®, LUBRIDERM®, RoC® and NEUTROGENA®.

    In 2012, Devine returned to the OTC business as Senior Director of Pain Relief, Pediatrics and Digestive Health, where she led the commercial re-launch of TYLENOL ®, MOTRIN®, IMODIUM®, and several other brands, following consent decree related supply issues. She became Vice President of US OTC Marketing in 2012, and in 2016, she moved to her current role, to drive growth of OTC and Self-Care for Johnson & Johnson around the world.

    Devine is a passionate advocate for talent development, diversity and work life balance. She was recognized as an AWNY Working Mother of the Year in 2015. She holds a BS in Mathematics and Business from La Salle University, an MBA from Villanova University, and is a graduate of the Smith College Executive Education Program.

    Katie lives in New Hope, PA with her husband and their three children.

    Gary Downing

    Gary R. Downing

    Downing spent 12 years with Richardson-Vicks in various sales and marketing positions before joining Oral-B Laboratories in 1984 as vice president, sales, which included professional markets as well as the operations functions.

    In 1989, he joined Rhone-Poulenc Rorer as vice president of sales of the U.S. over-the-counter medicine business, became general manager in 1990, and assumed additional responsibilities for all of North America, including Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico in 1991.

    Downing became president of Medtech Laboratories, Inc. in April 1995, and was appointed chief executive officer in March 1998. He was named chief executive officer at Lansinoh Laboratories, Inc. in 2002 and assumed the position of chief executive officer with Insight Pharmaceuticals in March of 2010. He successfully negotiated the sale of Insight’s products in September 2014 and helped found and acquire products for Clarion Brands where he serves as chief executive officer.

    Doris Kearns Goodwin

    Doris Kearns Goodwin

    Doris Kearns Goodwin is a world-renowned presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author.

    Goodwin is the author of seven critically acclaimed and New York Times best-selling books, including her most recent, Leadership in Turbulent Times, which incorporates her five decades of scholarship studying Presidents Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Baines Johnson. Goodwin was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in history for No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II.

    Well known for her appearances and commentary on television, Goodwin is seen frequently in documentaries and on television news and cable networks and late-night talk shows. It was Goodwin's experience as a 24-year-old White House Fellow, working directly for President Johnson in his last year in the White House, and later assisting him in the preparation of his memoirs, that fueled her interest in becoming a presidential historian and author.

    She graduated magna cum laude from Colby College. She earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Government from Harvard University, where she taught Government, including a course on the American Presidency. Goodwin lives in Concord, Massachusetts. She was the first woman to enter the Boston Red Sox locker room in 1979 and is a devoted fan of the World Series-winning team.

    Shai Gozani

    Shai Gozani

    Dr. Gozani founded NeuroMetrix, Inc. in 1996 as a spin-off from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He currently serves as Chairman of the board of directors and as President and Chief Executive Officer. Shai has led the Company from a venture capital backed start-up, through an initial public offering on NASDAQ, through development of a successful diagnostics business, and presently into the wearable technology sector. Over 2.5 million patients have benefited from the Company’s technology over the past 15 years.

    Gozani has published over 30 peer-reviewed scientific articles and has been awarded 25 US and international patents. He holds a B.A. degree in Computer Science, a M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (Biomedical Engineering Focus) and a Ph.D. in Neurobiology, from the University of California, Berkeley. Gozani also received an M.D. from Harvard Medical School and the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology at M.I.T.

    Nicholas Hall

    Nicholas Hall

    Nicholas Hall is widely recognized as a world authority on consumer healthcare with more than 40 years of continuous experience in the industry. He has chaired and moderated over 300 OTC conferences and seminars and led projects in a total of 58 countries.

    With a wealth of marketing and general management experience gleaned from positions with Procter & Gamble, Vicks, and GD Searle (Pfizer), in 1978 he set up his own consultancy. Nicholas Hall Group of Companies is a global marketing consultancy and business intelligence company, specializing in Self-Medication, Rx-to-OTC Switch, Pharmacy Point-of-Care, Emerging Markets especially Asia-Pacific, and mHealth.

    Courtney Gray Haupt

    Courtney Gray Haupt

    Courtney Gray Haupt leads the healthcare team in Edelman’s Washington office, specializing in public affairs and thought leadership campaigns on issues including public health, medical innovation, and consumer health and wellness. She has led advocacy and health policy efforts to educate policymakers, healthcare providers, and patient groups on biomedical research, clinical trials, and mental health, partnering with the National Council for Behavioral Health on their Mental Health First Aid campaign.

    Having led Edelman’s award-winning work with the CHPA, she oversaw public education initiatives including the Five Moms campaign to stop teen OTC cough medicine abuse and the Up and Away and Out of Sight program in partnership with the CDC. She also led programs to educate policymakers about the value of OTC medicines to the healthcare system and provided strategic counsel on consumer health policy and legislation as well as OTC switch issues.

    She serves on the Board of the Center for Study and Information on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP), and co-founded the 30K Friends Foundation to raise awareness about bone marrow stem cell donation and provide support blood cancer patients.

    Jenn Hoker

    Jenn Hoker

    Jenn Hoker is passionate about using data driven insights to inform and guide strategic communication initiatives. Using primary, secondary, digital and business analytics Hoker helps clients find the galvanizing insights that can drive reputation and strengthen communications.

    In her role as Senior Vice President at Edelman Intelligence, she is responsible for managing a diverse spectrum of clients including global corporations, industry associations, and non-profit organizations. Her areas of expertise focus on research to inform internal/external communications, crisis management, public affairs, corporate brand and reputation, member satisfaction and loyalty, message testing, and advertising effectiveness and tracking.

    With over 16 years of market research experience, she has conducted a plethora of research projects in the public affairs and healthcare space, consisting of strategic qualitative and quantitative methodologies at the global, national and local community level for client such as Cigna, AstraZeneca, Janssen, American Nurses Association, RWJF, Gilead, American Nurses Foundation, CDC, Hologic and 3M.

    Hoker serves as the Co-President for the Pamplin College of Business Marketing Advisory Board at Virginia Tech, helping students prepare future marketing communication professionals.

    Kristin Hornberger

    Kristin Hornberger

    Kristin Hornberger has a Global Leadership role at IRI with many Consumer Healthcare clients, providing counsel in all facets of market research, marketing, and sales. Leveraging 18 years of experience in working with a wide variety of healthcare companies, she has a proven track record of delivering innovative “Growth Delivered” insights and solutions, and behavioral and attitudinal insights via consumer and shopper technology platforms at IRI.

    In her Healthcare role, Hornberger is responsible for generating industry thought leadership, uncovering client growth opportunities, leading the transformation of client insight capabilities, and fusing disparate data sources into one strategic approach.

    Stefani Klaskow

    Stefani Klaskow

    Stefani Klaskow leads Google’s healthcare advertising sales team to provide digital advertising solutions for the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies. Being part of the group for over a decade she has been instrumental in leading pharmaceutical organizations in thinking through their digital strategies and developing their digital footprints. Klaskow came to Google from Crain Communications, where she was a Regional Sales Manager for the Modern Healthcare and Modern Physician properties responsible for creating large scale cross-platform advertising programs. Prior to her work at Crain, she was a Senior Account Executive at Clear Channel Communications where she sold and managed advertising programs across six of New York City's top radio stations. Klaskow is a graduate of Union College and holds a Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and two children.

    Alan Main

    Alan Main

    Alan Main heads up the Consumer Healthcare Business of Sanofi, a position he has held since October 2016. He sits on the Sanofi Executive Committee.

    With a career spanning over 30 years, primarily in CHC, Main is a truly global leader having lived in and led teams in Africa, North America, Europe, and Asia. He holds a BA in International Marketing from Thames Polytechnic in London and has completed various executive and leadership development programs at London, Harvard, and Columbia Business Schools, as well as INSEAD (Asia). He is currently the Chair of the Sanofi Marketing Excellence Council and the Executive sponsor for Inclusion & Diversity.

    Particularly passionate about developing the leaders of tomorrow in Africa, he is an active board member of the African Leadership Foundation. He was appointed as a GlobalScot by the Scottish Government in 2011. Main took up the role as Chair of the WSMI in March 2019 and sits on its Board of Directors in addition to the Executive Committee.

    Nishat Mehta

    Nishat Mehta

    As president of the IRI Media Center of Excellence, Nishat Mehta leads a team of professionals in IRI’s fast growing media business that’s focused on re-inventing advertising by offering a truly revolutionary portfolio of consumer personalization and measurement capabilities. Mehta works closely with IRI’s CPG, retail and media clients to transform their use of media and promotions to deliver superior growth, increased Return on Advertising Spending (ROAS) and improved consumer engagement. Mehta has decades of invaluable media and personalization experience focused on enhancing consumer relationships through technology, data and analytics.

    Mehta most recently led the customer communications team at 84.51º, where he helped leading grocery retailer, The Kroger Co., and its CPG brand partners create the most relevant and personalized communications with consumers to strengthen retail and brand interactions. Before leading this team, he served as 84.51º’s head of brand media. Prior to his roles at 84.51º, Mehta was responsible for developing strategic partnerships at dunnhumby Ltd.

    Mehta graduated from Harvard University with a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics and master’s degree in computer science. He lives in New York with his wife, Shalini and their three children.

    Scott Melville

    Scott Melville

    Scott Melville is the president and chief executive officer of CHPA and leads the organization’s efforts to empower consumer self-care by preserving and expanding choice and availability of consumer healthcare products, including OTC medicines, dietary supplements and consumer medical devices.

    Prior to joining CHPA, Melville served as senior vice president of government affairs and general counsel for the Healthcare Distribution Management Association (now the Healthcare Distribution Alliance), representing pharmaceutical wholesale distributors.

    Melville previously served in various public affairs and legal roles for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies Sterling-Winthrop, Hoffmann- LaRoche, and Cephalon. Melville began his professional career as a legislative assistant and appropriations committee associate on the staff of retired U.S. Congressman Jerry Lewis (R-Calif.).

    He earned his bachelor’s degree from Bucknell University, and his juris doctorate from George Mason University School of Law. He serves on the boards of the World Self-Medication Industry, the CHPA Educational Foundation, and the Food & Drug Law Institute.

    Justin Miller

    Justin Miller

    Justin Miller, CEO & Co-founder of Nuheara Ltd, is a serial entrepreneur who has developed a thorough knowledge of the global hearing healthcare, technology and innovation marketplace.

    Founded in 2015, Nuheara is a global leader in smart personal hearing devices which change people’s lives by enhancing the power to hear. Nuheara has developed proprietary and multi-functional intelligent hearing technology that augments a person’s hearing and facilitates cable free connection to smart devices. Nuheara is based in Perth, Australia and has offices in San Francisco and New York, USA. Nuheara was the first consumer wearables technology company to be listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX). The Company’s mission is to transform the way people hear by creating smart hearing solutions that are both accessible and affordable.

    Miller’s extensive knowledge of the global hearing market was initially formed as the founder and CEO of industrial hearing and communication company, Sensear, where he was responsible for growing the global business over a 10-year period from 2005, which included 5 years based in San Francisco. Prior to this, Justin was CEO and Co-founder of the IT company Empired Ltd.

    Lisa Paley

    Lisa Paley

    Lisa Paley is President, Pfizer Consumer Healthcare (PCH) for North America. PCH is among the largest over-the-counter (OTC) health care products companies in the world.

    Prior to the President role, Paley was the Chief Customer Officer and Global E-Commerce Lead based in Madison, New Jersey. She joined PCH in the Sales & Customer Support organization in the spring of 2009 as the Vice President of Sales Strategy & Customer Operations with responsibility for Customer Service, Replenishment, Distribution and Account Planning. She later served as the VP, Sales Strategy and Shopper Marketing for PCH with oversight of Sales strategic planning – all franchises, In-store Merchandising, Category & Shopper Insights and Sales Operations. Most recently, she led the Sales organization as CCO over Sales, Sales Strategy, Shopper Insights & Marketing, Strategic Revenue Management and Global E-commerce capabilities and is driving digital commerce activation in the US and Canadian markets.

    Paley is an accomplished business executive with extensive Consumer Healthcare experience. Previously, Paley worked at Johnson & Johnson (J&J) as a Vice President of U.S. Sales responsible for $1.5B in revenue. Prior to J&J, Paley spent 18 years combined with the former Pfizer Consumer Healthcare / Warner Lambert where she held numerous positions of increasing responsibility. She is a former C.P.A. and worked for Deloitte. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Accounting at Miami University and her Executive Masters of Business Administration at The Ohio State University.

    Jane Sarasohn-Kahn

    Jane Sarasohn-Kahn

    Jane Sarasohn-Kahn is a health economist, advisor and trend-weaver to organizations focused at the intersection of health, technology and people – especially consumers, patients and caregivers. She founded THINK-Health after working with health care consultancies in the US and Europe. Sarasohn-Kahn’s clients span the health/care ecosystem: technology, pharma and life sciences, providers, plans, retail, financial services and consumer goods. She founded the Health Populi blog in 2007. She advises on strategy via environmental analysis, scenario and strategic planning. She is on the advisory boards of CAQH’s U.S. Health Efficiency Index, the Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement at George Washington University, healthBank, Onboard Health, WEGO Health, and Women of Color in Pharma. In her community of Phoenixville, PA, Sarasohn-Kahn sits on the Board of The Clinic, a free clinic for residents. She is a frequent speaker, listed with AHA’s Speakers Express and Executive Speakers Bureau. She also contributes to the Huffington Post and Tincture, and to the Washington Post Health Care Rx panel.

    Heiko Schipper

    Heiko Schipper

    Heiko Schipper is a member of the Board of Management of Bayer AG and President of the Consumer Health Division.

    Schipper joined Bayer from Nestlé where he worked for over twenty years in roles of increasing responsibility, most recently leading the global Infant Nutrition Division and being a member of the Executive Board. He started his career at Heineken in 1994. He joined Nestlé as an international marketing trainee in 1996, developing his career in sales and marketing management roles in Bangladesh and Indonesia and at the company’s global headquarters in Switzerland. He then took up general management roles of increasing importance in the Philippines and, from 2007 to 2013, in the Greater China Region with the aim of developing Nestlé’s position in this key market. In 2013, he moved back to Switzerland to become Global Business Head, Infant Nutrition, before being appointed to the Nestlé Group Executive Board in October 2014.

    Schipper is based at Bayer Consumer Health’s global headquarters in Basel, Switzerland. He is a Dutch national, with a Master’s degree in Business Economics from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

    Peter Segall

    Peter Segall

    Peter Segall, senior client counselor of the Washington, D.C. office and brings to Edelman more than 30 years experience as a Washington-based public affairs practitioner and issues manager.

    Segalls’s health care public affairs representation includes pharmaceutical manufacturers, insurers, managed care companies, providers, their respective associations, and allied health/patient groups. His responsibilities have included overseeing complex assignments involving strategic counseling, lobbying, issues and crisis management, media relations, ally development and grassroots mobilization, coalition creation and management, image and advocacy advertising, and new product positioning. Legislative campaigns for which he has led media, ally and grassroots support.

    Specific to health issues management, Segall has managed teams and provided counsel to clients including the American Red Cross, major pharmaceutical companies and biotechnology firms, vaccine manufacturers and associations including CHPA, PhRMA, CHPA, BIO, and AdvaMed.

    Peter, a D.C. Bar-admitted attorney, holds a juris doctor degree from Georgetown University Law School Center, and a bachelor’s degree in public affairs from Princeton.

    Keech Combe Shetty

    Keech Combe Shetty

    Keech Combe Shetty and her husband, Akshay, are co-CEOs and part of the third generation to manage the operations of Combe Incorporated. The company was founded by Ivan Combe, her grandfather, in 1949. Since 1949, Combe’s mission has been, and continues to be, to create products that fulfill real unmet consumer needs, as the most personal care company in the world.

    Combe Shetty joined Combe Incorporated in 2006 after working at Estee Lauder Companies in global marketing. Combe Shetty serves on the board of directors for Combe Incorporated as well as the Personal Care Products Council, the industry trade association representing the global cosmetics and personal care products industry. She also serves on the board of directors for Edna Adan Hospital Foundation, a foundation dedicated to increase access to skilled public health professionals for women in Somaliland, improvement of health care facilities, and the provision of needed equipment and supplies with a long-term goal of preventing complications associated with pregnancy and birth by ending the practice of female genital mutilation.

    Ken Uehara

    Ken Uehara

    Ken Uehara is Executive Vice President and Member of the Board at Taisho Pharmaceutical Co Ltd. He also serves as Chairman of Biofermin Pharmaceutical Co Ltd., a Taisho Group Company and one of the largest probiotic product manufactures in Japan.

    Uehara joined Taisho Pharmaceutical, the largest OTC manufacturer in Japan, in 2004. He has spent the last fourteen years in roles of increasing responsibility across a wide range of functions including Head of Japan Self-Medication Business, International Business, Corporate Business Planning and Finance and has helped Taisho expand its business to South East Asia and Mexico.

    He began his career at PwC Consulting Japan, working on a diverse range of strategic projects in human resources, cost management, market entry & new business development in automotive, communication, glass and construction industries as well as the firm’s Asia Pacific strategy development.

    Uehara has served as Treasurer at the World Self-Medication Industry (WSMI) since 2015 and Chair of the International Affairs Committee at the Japan Self-Medication Industry (JSMI) since 2017.

    He received his MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

     

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