Regional President Asia Pacific of Pfizer awarded 2010 Honorable Mentor
During the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA) 21st annual Woman of the Year event, the association recognized Mark Swindell of Pfizer as its 2010 Honorable Mentor.
“The HBA is pleased to recognize Mark Swindell as our 2010 Honorable Mentor because of his deep personal commitment to the advancement of women in the healthcare industry," said Susan Torroella, HBA chair emeritus and executive vice president at Wellness Corporate Solutions, LLC. “We are grateful for all of his contributions to the organization, particularly his support of the HBA Greater Philadelphia Chapter and to the many women he has mentored and inspired.”
The HBA created the Honorable Mentor award in 2001 to annually recognize an individual who demonstrates long-term advocacy for current and future women leaders. Recipients exhibit personal dedication to developing, mentoring and promoting women in the industry, and are supportive of the HBA’s core purpose to further the advancement and impact of women in the business of healthcare.
After receiving the award, Mark stated, “I have been fortunate to have benefitted from the guidance and counsel of several mentors in my career and have always strived to foster the professional growth and development of others, so each individual can realize their full potential. I am grateful to be named the Honorable Mentor this year by the HBA and am quite proud to continue a long association with this esteemed industry organization that nurtures women to become strong leaders.”
A seasoned pharmaceutical executive with more than 30 years’ experience, Mark has held leadership positions of increasing responsibility during his career with Pfizer. Mark currently serves as regional president, Asia Pacific which he was appointed to in June 2012. Previously, and at the time of accepting HBA’s 2010 Honorable Mentor award, was the president of vaccines for Pfizer from Nov. 2009 to May 2012. Prior to his appointment as president of vaccines, he held the position of senior vice president and general manager for Wyeth Pharmaceutical’s business unit (acquired by Pfizer in 2009). In this role, Mark had responsibility for leading commercial strategy globally and commercial execution in the U.S. for both in-line brands and development brands. In 2005, Mark was named vice president, commercial operations, for Wyeth’s European regional office. Earlier in his career, Mark held a variety of management, sales, and marketing positions in the U.K. and U.S.
“Mark is a dedicated business leader with tremendous character who has regularly mentored and championed emerging leaders with whom he works,” said Lee Ann Kimak, current vice president, meningococcal vaccines at Pfizer. “It amazes me to see how freely he gives of his time to so many within and outside his immediate organization. Mark also has a very collaborative and approachable style that inspires the best in his people and serves as a compelling example of true and effective leadership. As a mentor of mine, Mark will offer his advice but expects you to make your own decisions, asks probing questions to really understand your goals and issues and assists you in creating strategies and objectives for success.”
About the HBA
The Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA) is a global nonprofit organization serving a community women and men in leading life sciences, biotech, pharmaceutical and supporting companies. The HBA has nearly 120 Corporate Partners and nearly 8,000 members served by more than 20 chapters and affiliates across the U.S. and Europe.