2017 Breakthrough Women

2017 Breakthrough Women

The healthcare advertising and marketing sectors have been recognized to have careers in which women leaders can flourish, flexible work schedules exist, and talent is rewarded. That has not always been the case, of course, and there's still much room for improvement.


The 16 women profiled here number among those who have bridged the gender gap in agencies, biopharma, and medtech. They've been recognized as pioneers in the areas of OTC, DTC, and HCP promotion; created some of the industry's most iconic medical advertising; and helped put multicultural marketing on the healthcare map.

Tamanna Bembenek | VP of global marketing, diagnostics imaging, Philips

Susan Flinn Cobian | EVP, managing director, HYC Health

Darlene Dobry | managing partner, Ogilvy CommonHealth Worldwide

Hilary Gentile | EVP, chief strategy officer, North America, McCann Health

Denise Henry | director, HealthWork

Quita Highsmith | head of alliance and advocacy relations, Genentech

Margaret Long | VP of business communications and stakeholder engagement, Astellas Pharma

Myriam Mendila | SVP, head of U.S. medical affairs, Genentech

Shilpa Shah-Mehta | executive director, oncology marketing, Novartis

Donna Murphy | global CEO, Havas Health & You

Vic Noble | VP, head of marketing ophthalmics, Shire

Laura Schoen | president of global healthcare, chair of Latin America, Weber Shandwick

Susan Sweeney |  head of worldwide commercialization, Bristol-Myers Squibb

Alexandra von Plato | group president, North America communications and media, Publicis Health

Lynn O'Connor Vos | CEO, ghg | greyhealth group

Lorna Weir | founding partner, Elevate Healthcare Marketing

Women to Watch

The MM&M Women to Watch is designed to salute 20 aspiring healthcare commercial and marketing execs who are distinguishing themselves in the mid-stages of their careers. These smart, strong women were chosen based on their unique skill sets and standout performance on behalf of a brand or a campaign or for their organization.

Jennifer Barrett | program director, director of business development, AXON Communications

Grace Battaglia
| account director, Carling Communications

Alicia Case | manager, global employee communications, Publicis Health

Hanna Coon | senior manager, ASSURE strategic access, Otsuka America

Lauren D'Angelo | senior director, marketing, Avanir Pharmaceuticals

Joy Duemke | senior manager, global product marketing, Terumo

Liz Gingrich | group account director, VIVO Agency

Hilary Graham  |senior manager, scientific marketing, Luminex

Tifair Hamed | director, branding and communications BlackDoctor.org

Lynn Leber | associate director, consumer marketing ophthalmics, Shire

Christy Loringer | senior account supervisor, Tonic Life Communications

Pauline Ma | senior digital strategist, GCI Health

Lauren Malkovsky | director, client services, TrialCard

Darcy McCarthy  | account group supervisor, Havas Life New York

Nicole Merlo | associate director, consumer marketing, Insmed

Kelly Morgan | account group supervisor, Ogilvy CommonHealth Worldwide

Sheila Phillips | account supervisor, Intouch Solutions

Rebecca Rutherford | director, product support and systems integration, Xcell Biosciences

Meghan Stacey | account director, Wunderman Health

Kara Stephens | account director, Pascale Communications