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  • 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.

    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, 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.

    Brian McNamara

    Brian McNamara

    Brian McNamara was appointed as CEO, GSK Consumer Healthcare in September 2016. He joined GSK in March 2015, as Head of Europe and Americas for GSK Consumer Healthcare, following the creation of a Joint Venture between GSK and Novartis. Previously, as head of Novartis’s OTC division, McNamara was a driving force behind the formation of the joint venture and the development of the 3 Year JV strategic and operational plan.

    He joined Novartis in 2004 as Senior Vice President of the North America OTC business, and began his career at Procter and Gamble.

    McNamara is Chairman and a Board Member of the World Self-Medication Industry Association (WSMI). He is also a Board Member of the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF). He was previously a Board Member and Chairman of the Economic Affairs Committee, Association for Europe Self-Medication Association (AESGP) and Board Member and Vice Chairman, Consumer Health Products Association (CHPA).

    He earned an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Union College in Schenectady, New York and an MBA in Finance from University of Cincinnati.

    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.

    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.

     

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