HEALTH

CHPA conference brings new board members

BY David Salazar

The Consumer Health Care Products Association closed out its 2019 Annual Executive Conference on Tuesday, concluding a week that brought more than 300 executives in the OTC, dietary supplement and consumer medical device sectors together. The conference, held in Boca Raton, Fla., saw CHPA introduce new research touting the savings that OTCs bring to the healthcare system, a new initiative for women in the consumer health products industry and new board members for CHPA and its educational foundation.

“These are exciting times for our industry,” said CHPA president and CEO Scott Melville. “The consumer health landscape is changing quickly — regulatory reform, modernization, information technology — everything is in motion. And all our attendees play a major role in leading the way and shaping how the consumer healthcare industry evolves. In a time of rapid change, OTC medicines have never been more important. That’s why we were particularly excited this year to unveil new research CHPA developed in partnership with IRI around the value of over-the-counter medicines to the U.S. healthcare system.”

The research, conducted by IRI for CHPA, looked at nine major OTC categories, finding that availability of OTC products saves the U.S. healthcare system roughly $146 billion every year.

Also introduced at the event as the CHPA Women’s Leadership Initiative, which the organization said is aimed at cultivating female executives in retail and healthcare by encouraging professional growth of emerging female leaders.

The CHPA board held a meeting at which 10 sitting board members were re-elected and six members were newly added. The new members are:

  • Noel Geoffroy, head of consumer health care, North America, Sanofi;
  • Nitish Kapoor, executive vice president, North America, RB;
  • Hiroshi Mori, president, U.S. domestic business, The Mentholatum Company;
  • Lisa Paley, region president, North America, Pfizer Consumer Healthcare;
  • Douglas Trueman, vice president consumer products, AmerisourceBergen; and
  • Michelle Wang Goodridge, president, U.S. self care, Johnson & Johnson Consumer

Geffroy and Paley also were elected to the board’s executive committee.

The CHPA Educational Foundation board also convened at the conference, with Chris DeWold, president and CEO of Lil’ Drug Store Products serving as interim chair. Other members include:

  • Velvet Gogol Bennett, associate director global health care communications, Procter & Gamble;
  • Tom Corley, executive vice president, chief global retail officer, president U.S. market, Catalina;
  • Amardeep Kahlon, chief marketing officer and vice president of U.S. marketing, GSK Consumer Healthcare;
  • Morris Lewis, senior director, corporate affairs lead, Pfizer Consumer Health;
  • Scott M. Melville, president and chief executive officer, Consumer Healthcare Products Association;
  • Ryan Olohan, managing director, healthcare, Google;
  • Joy-Lee Pasqualoni, consumer communication leader-North America, Johnson & Johnson Consumer; and
  • Kyle Stenzel, senior vice president, sales, North America, Combe.
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