Enrique Conterno, currently senior vice president of health care professional markets for Lilly in the U.S., has been promoted to president, Lilly USA, LLC, effective immediately. Mr. Conterno succeeds Deirdre Connelly, who has resigned from the company. Ms. Connelly has been named president of North American Pharmaceuticals at GlaxoSmithKline, effective February 9, 2009.
Mr. Conterno joined the company as a sales representative in 1992 and held roles as a financial analyst, marketing associate, business development manager, sales and marketing director for Lilly's Peru affiliate and Lilly Brazil. Mr. Conterno also served as executive director of marketing for Lilly's intercontinental region and general manager of Lilly Mexico, and served as vice president of Lilly's neuroscience business unit in the U.S.
"Enrique brings more than 16 years of proven results and strong leadership to one of the company's most important positions," said John Lechleiter, Ph.D., Lilly's chairman, president and chief executive officer. "He understands the complexities of the U.S. marketplace, he has stressed the need to accelerate the transformation that is underway at this company, and he is focused on the needs of the patients we serve. I am pleased that Enrique has accepted this challenge and am confident that he will succeed in this key leadership role. "
Mr. Conterno will report to Bryce Carmine, executive vice president of global marketing and sales. He will join the company's operations committee, and will remain a member of the senior management council.
Said Dr. Lechleiter, "We regret that Deirdre has decided to leave Lilly. Her passion for the patients we serve will be greatly missed. She has delivered strong results in every role she has held at Lilly. She has displayed a remarkable level of energy and integrity, and she has built a team and a culture that have proven to be successful. We wish her all the best in her future endeavors. Enrique Conterno, I am confident, will build further on the foundation Deirdre and her team have established."