Woman of the Year, Honorable Mentor and STAR 2020 Honorees Announced by the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association

Genentech and Roche’s Dr. Sandra Horning, Pfizer’s Rod MacKenzie and ArmadaHealth’s Susan Torroella Earn Top Industry Honors

The Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA) announced the 2020 Woman of the Year, Honorable Mentor and STAR honorees last night during a reception at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference. The honorees will be recognized at the HBA’s 31st annual Woman of the Year event on 29 April in New York City.

Dr. Sandra Horning, former chief medical officer and head of global product development, Genentech and Roche, was selected as the 2020 Woman of the Year. Dr. Rod MacKenzie, chief development officer and executive vice president, Pfizer, is the recipient of the Honorable Mentor award. Susan Torroella, chief operating officer, ArmadaHealth, is recognized with HBA’s Strategic Transformation Achievement Recognition (STAR) volunteer honor.

“Advancing medicine, advancing patient care and advancing equity in both healthcare and our global workforce are the common denominators between this year’s honorees,” said Laurie P. Cooke, president and CEO, HBA. “Each in their own right are trailblazers and the HBA is proud to recognize these pioneers for their significant contributions to the greater global good.”

The HBA Woman of the Year award honors a female senior executive whose accomplishments have resulted in significant contributions to the healthcare industry. During her tenure at Genentech and Roche, Dr. Sandra Horning helped to bring 15 new medicines to patients in neuroscience, ophthalmology, immunology, infectious disease and hematology/oncology. Driving for early access to life-saving medicines, she collaborated with the FDA and others in breakthrough therapy designation and early endpoints for regulatory approval. As a distinguished clinical investigator, she has been recognized as a global leader in the field of hematology/oncology and a respected clinician and scientist at the cutting edge of cancer research.

With more than 30 years in the field, Dr. Horning has been a constant advocate for evidence-based treatment, helping to establish standards of care for patients across all types of Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. She has garnered prolific status as a researcher, leader and educator recognized with a prestigious Stanford School of Medicine Excellence in Patient Care Award, among many other honors. Dr. Horning is among the first females elected as President of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and she has been a catalyst for innovation and progress during her tenure at Stanford University and Genentech and Roche.

Beyond her extraordinary contributions to medicine, she has been a passionate advocate for women in leadership both in the academy and in the office. During her tenure, gender parity increased across product development at Genentech and Roche at the senior leadership level. In fact, all five global product development sites at Genentech and Roche are currently led by women. Given her commitment to helping others, she has also been cited as an exceptional mentor, coaching and inspiring hundreds of female and male scientists and healthcare business leaders.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Honorable Mentor award recognizing individuals who demonstrate long-term support for the advancement of women in the healthcare industry, have a personal dedication to developing, mentoring and promoting women in the industry and are exceptionally supportive of the HBA’s goals.

With a distinguished career spanning more than three decades, Dr. Rod MacKenzie, Pfizer’s chief development officer and executive vice president, has been at the forefront of innovation dedicating his career to drug discovery and development for the betterment of human health. In addition to his unwavering commitment to delivering breakthroughs that change patients’ lives, MacKenzie is an unstinting advocate of gender equity, evidenced by his dedication to parity across the spectrum from patient clinical trials to Pfizer’s global workforce.

He has accelerated change by elevating the profile of female talent and helping more women advance to vice president level and above roles, and is known to be a committed mentor positively influencing and impacting the careers of numerous women and men. As sponsor of Pfizer’s Global Women’s Council and advocate for the Men as Allies program, MacKenzie has championed bold initiatives that embed inclusion and belonging into the workplace culture. He also generously shares his time and expertise with the greater industry as an executive champion of the HBA’s Gender Parity Collaborative.

Since 1999, the HBA has honored a volunteer who stands apart as a truly exemplary role model and who has demonstrated a long-term commitment to furthering the HBA’s strategic goals with the Strategic Transformation Achievement Recognition (STAR). For more than 15 years, Susan Torroella has been a passionate advocate of the HBA’s mission to advance the impact of women in the business of healthcare.  

Having served on the HBA global board, executive committee and the past Council of Chapter Presidents, Torroella has fostered greater equity in the workplace in her executive and C-suite roles during her career, including her current position as COO at ArmadaHealth. She is a trailblazer leveraging her entrepreneurly acumen to grow and guide the HBA, helping establish the HBA Mid-Atlantic chapter in 2004. Torroella is admired and respected for delivering strategic and transformative insights that have shaped the contemporary HBA and has earned accolades as a leading healthcare businesswoman from high-profile entities including Fortune magazine and PharmaVOICE.

The Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA) is a global not-for-profit organization dedicated to furthering the advancement and impact of women in the business of healthcare. With 55 chapters and affiliates throughout the United States, Canada and Europe, the HBA serves a community of nearly 50,000 individuals and more than 140 corporate partners. The HBA provides networking forums to build relationships; access to industry thought leaders to broaden perspective; educational programs to develop leadership skills and global recognition of outstanding individuals and companies to promote visibility of their achievements in advancing gender parity in the workplace.

For more information about HBA’s Woman of the Year, Honorable Mentor, STAR and other award programs, visit HBAnet.org/awards.