Pfizer has named William Ringo SVP of strategy and business development. Ringo is a senior corporate bio-pharmaceutical executive with extensive experience in sales, marketing, business and strategic planning, product development and general management on a worldwide basis. He currently serves as an executive in residence at Warburg Pincus and Sofinnova Ventures, as well as an active board member of Intermune. From 2004 to 2006, Ringo was chief executive officer of Abgenix, a biotechnology company focused on the development of novel therapies using monoclonal antibodies. During his tenure, Ringo spearheaded efforts to transform the organization into a more focused product company by strengthening the senior management team and enhancing the existing partnership with Amgen. That partnership ultimately resulted in the acquisition of Abgenix by Amgen in a $2.2 billion cash transaction, more than double the company's value when Ringo joined as CEO in the summer of 2004. From 2001 to 2004. Ringo served on various boards and was involved with Intermune, where he was appointed interim chief executive officer to help restructure the company and recruit new operational leadership. Ringo began his career at Eli Lilly & Company in 1973, where he served in various sales, marketing, strategy and general management roles culminating in his appointment as president of two of the four major business units for Lilly, including substantial exposure to its medical device and technology business, as well as pharmaceutical. He retired from Eli Lilly & Company in 2001.
Stiefel Laboratories announced the promotion of William (Bill) Humphries to president. Stiefel's board of directors elected Humphries to the position at its Feb. 26 meeting. This move marks the first time in the organization's 160-year history that a non-family member has held the position of president.
HC&B Healthcare Communications, has hired Libby Wilson as a senior account executive. With extensive experience in technology and consumer marketing, she will work primarily on women's health and managed care accounts, reporting to Kim Carpenter, account director. Wilson comes to HC&B from T3, an integrated marketing firm, where she was a senior account executive in the company's Austin office. While there, she managed the development and execution of the Dell small and medium business catalog.