Deirdre Connelly

Deirdre Connelly (born in 1961) is a Puerto Rican business professional.[1] She has been president of North America Pharmaceuticals for GlaxoSmithKline since 2009, reporting to CEO Andrew Witty.[2] Connelly is the first woman to hold that title, and one of only two women on GSK's corporate executive team.[3] She is a member of the global Corporate Executive Team and co-chairs the Portfolio Management Board, along with the Chairman of Research and Development.[4][5]

Deirdre Connelly
Born1961 (age 58–59)
EducationLycoming College (BA)
OccupationPresident of North America Pharmaceuticals for GlaxoSmithKline

Early yearsEdit

Connelly, the middle child of nine, was born to Irish-American Owen Connelly and Puerto Rican mother Dolores Montecinos in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where she spent the first 18 years of her life.[6] Connolly earned a bachelor's degree in economics and marketing from Lycoming College in Pennsylvania in 1983. She attended Harvard University's six-week Advanced Management Program in 2000.[7] She currently resides in Philadelphia and has fourteen nieces and nephews, from ages 10 to 35. Connelly plays classical guitar recreationally.[8]

CareerEdit

Before joining GSK in 2009, Connolly worked at Eli Lilly and Company for 24 years.[9] In 1984, Connolly became a sales representative for Eli Lilly in San Juan.[10] By 1988, she became sales manager for Lilly in Puerto Rico.[11] In 1995, she became general manager for Eli Lilly Puerto Rico, and, in 1997, she became the regional sales director for the Caribbean region.[12] Connolly headed the women's health business unit at Lilly's US affiliate in 2000, where she oversaw the successful implementation of the global marketing campaign for osteoporosis treatment Evista.[13] She became head of the Women’s Health Business at Lilly’s United States affiliate from 2000 until 2003. From 2003 to 2004, Connelly served as Executive Director in the Human Resources Department of Lilly's U.S. Operations division during which time she oversaw a reconfiguration of its sales force.[14] Then, she served as President for Lilly USA division of Lilly, from June 1, 2005 to January 2009.[15] In addition to her role at GSK, she currently serves as a Director on the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America Board, the Macy’s Inc. Board and the Harvard University Public Health Policy Council.[16]

50 most powerful women in businessEdit

For 8 consecutive years (2007-2014) Connolly was recognized by Fortune magazine as one of the 50 most powerful women in business.[17] In April 2010, she was named Woman of the Year by the Healthcare Businesswomen's Association.[18] In 2008, she was appointed to President Obama's Commission on White House Fellowships, where she helped in the selection of the White House Fellows, a prestigious annual program that fosters leadership and public service.[19]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Connolly, Deirdre (July 6, 2013). "A Glaxo Executive, Seeing Through a Sales Rep's Eyes". The New York Times Company. New York Times. Retrieved 20 November 2014.
  2. ^ Palmer, Eric. "Deirdre Connelly - GlaxoSmithKline". Fierce Biotech. FierceMarkets. Retrieved 21 November 2014.
  3. ^ Schwindt, Oriana. "Woman of the Year: Deirdre Connelly". Pharmaceutical Executive. Advanstar Communications, Inc. Retrieved 21 November 2014.
  4. ^ "Deirdre P. Connelly" (PDF). LatinoJustice. LatinoJustice PRLDEF. Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 January 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2014.
  5. ^ "Deirdre Connelly". Forbes. Forbes.com LLC. Retrieved 21 November 2014.
  6. ^ Connolly, Deirdre (July 6, 2013). "A Glaxo Executive, Seeing Through a Sales Rep's Eyes". The New York Times Company. New York Times. Retrieved 20 November 2014.
  7. ^ "Executive Profile: Deirdre P. Connelly". Bloomberg Businessweek. 2014 BLOOMBERG L.P. Retrieved 21 November 2014.
  8. ^ Connolly, Deirdre (July 6, 2013). "A Glaxo Executive, Seeing Through a Sales Rep's Eyes". The New York Times Company. New York Times. Retrieved 20 November 2014.
  9. ^ "Deirdre Connelly". GlaxoSmithKline. GlaxoSmithKline plc. Archived from the original on 26 November 2014. Retrieved 21 November 2014.
  10. ^ Connolly, Deirdre (July 6, 2013). "A Glaxo Executive, Seeing Through a Sales Rep's Eyes". The New York Times Company. New York Times. Retrieved 20 November 2014.
  11. ^ Connolly, Deirdre (July 6, 2013). "A Glaxo Executive, Seeing Through a Sales Rep's Eyes". The New York Times Company. New York Times. Retrieved 20 November 2014.
  12. ^ "Executive Profile: Deirdre P. Connelly". Bloomberg Businessweek. 2014 BLOOMBERG L.P. Retrieved 21 November 2014.
  13. ^ "Deirdre P. Connelly" (PDF). LatinoJustice. LatinoJustice PRLDEF. Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 January 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2014.
  14. ^ Connolly, Deirdre (July 6, 2013). "A Glaxo Executive, Seeing Through a Sales Rep's Eyes". The New York Times Company. New York Times. Retrieved 20 November 2014.
  15. ^ "Executive Profile: Deirdre P. Connelly". Bloomberg Businessweek. 2014 BLOOMBERG L.P. Retrieved 21 November 2014.
  16. ^ "Deirdre Connelly". GlaxoSmithKline. GlaxoSmithKline plc. Archived from the original on 26 November 2014. Retrieved 21 November 2014.
  17. ^ "Deirdre P. Connelly" (PDF). LatinoJustice. LatinoJustice PRLDEF. Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 January 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2014.
  18. ^ Schwindt, Oriana. "Woman of the Year: Deirdre Connelly". Pharmaceutical Executive. Advanstar Communications, Inc. Retrieved 21 November 2014.
  19. ^ "Deirdre P. Connelly" (PDF). LatinoJustice. LatinoJustice PRLDEF. Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 January 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2014.