John C. Lechleiter, Ph.D.
Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer
Eli Lilly and Company
John Lechleiter has served as president and chief executive officer of Eli Lilly and Company since April 1, 2008. He became chairman of the board of directors on January 1, 2009.
John joined Lilly in 1979 as a senior organic chemist in process research and development and became head of that department in 1982. In 1984, he began serving as director of pharmaceutical product development for the Lilly Research Centre Limited in Windlesham, England. He later held roles in project management, regulatory affairs, product development, and pharma operations. In 2005, he was named president and chief operating officer and joined the board of directors.
John earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Xavier University and master’s and doctoral degrees in organic chemistry from Harvard University. John has received honorary doctorates from Marian University (Indianapolis, Indiana), the University of Indianapolis, the National University of Ireland, Indiana University, and Franklin College.
Lechleiter is a member of the American Chemical Society and Business Roundtable. He serves on the board of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), as chairman of the U.S.-Japan Business Council and of United Way Worldwide, and on the boards of the Life Sciences Foundation and the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership. He also serves on the boards of Nike, Inc. and Ford Motor Company.
Skylark Co., Ltd.
Ralph Alvarez is executive chairman of Skylark Co., Ltd., a leading restaurant operator in Japan. He was elected to the board of directors of Eli Lilly and Company in 2009.
Born in Cuba, he received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Miami.
Mr. Alvarez retired as president and chief operating officer of McDonald’s Corporation in 2009. Prior to joining McDonald’s in 1994, he held leadership positions at Burger King Corporation and Wendy’s International, Inc. He held a variety of leadership roles throughout his career, including chief operations officer and president of the central division, both with McDonald’s USA. Before joining the U.S. business, Alvarez was president of McDonald’s Mexico. From July 2004 until January 2005, he was president of McDonald’s USA, where he led a team that aligned employees, owner/operators, and suppliers behind the company’s “Plan to Win” strategy – the catalyst for the turnaround of the U.S. business. Alvarez served as president of McDonald’s North America from January 2005 until August 2006. In this role, he was responsible for all the McDonald’s restaurants in the U.S. and Canada. Alvarez became president and chief operating officer in August 2006. He set the global strategy and directed operations for 32,000 McDonald’s restaurants in 118 countries.
Mr. Alvarez is an active advocate for education. He serves on the President’s Council, the School of Business Administration Board of Overseers, and the International Advisory Board of the University of Miami. Mr. Alvarez is also a current member of the board of directors of Skylark Co., Ltd., Lowe’s Companies, Inc., Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc., and Realogy Holdings Corp. He also served on the board of McDonald’s Corporation and KeyCorp.
Katherine Baicker, Ph.D.
Professor of Health Economics
Katherine Baicker, Ph.D., is the C. Boyden Gray professor of health economics at the Harvard University School of Public Health, and chairs the Department of Health Policy and Management. She is also a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. She was elected to the Eli Lilly and Company board of directors in December 2011.
Baicker received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics, magna cum laude, from Yale University in 1993, and a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University in 1998.
From 1998 to 2005, Baicker was assistant professor and associate professor of economics at Dartmouth College. In 2001 and 2002 she also served as a senior economist to the Council of Economic Advisers, Executive Office of the President, and in 2003 was a visiting assistant professor at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. From 2005 to 2007, she served as a Senate-confirmed member of the Council of Economic Advisers, where she played a leading role in the development of health policy. In 2007, she joined Harvard as professor of health economics at the Department of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health.
Baicker is a commissioner on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission and chair of the Group Insurance Commission of Massachusetts, and serves on the Panel of Health Advisers to the Congressional Budget Office. She is a member of the editorial boards of Health Affairs and the Journal of Health Economics; past chair of the board of directors of AcademyHealth; and past chair of the Social Sciences and Population Study Section of the National Institutes of Health. She is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine.
Michael L. Eskew
Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
United Parcel Service, Inc.
Michael L. Eskew is the retired chairman and chief executive officer of United Parcel Service, Inc., a position he held from January 2002 until December 2007. He continues to serve on the UPS board of directors. He was elected to the Eli Lilly and Company board of directors in 2008.
A native of Vincennes, Indiana, Eskew graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering. He also completed the advanced management program at the Wharton School of Business.
Eskew serves as the chairman of the board of trustees of The Annie E. Casey Foundation, which is the country’s largest foundation dedicated to disadvantaged youth. He also serves on the boards of directors of the 3M Corporation and IBM Corporation.
J. Erik Fyrwald
President and Chief Executive Officer
J. Erik Fyrwald joined Univar Inc. in May 2012 as its president and chief executive officer. In 2008, following a 27-year career at DuPont, he joined Nalco Company, serving as chairman and chief executive officer until 2011, when Nalco merged with Ecolab Inc. Following the merger, Fyrwald served as president of Ecolab. He was elected to the Eli Lilly and Company board of directors in 2005.
From 2003 to 2008, Fyrwald served as group vice president of the agriculture and nutrition division at E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company. From 2000 until 2003, he was vice president and general manager of DuPont’s nutrition and health business.
Fyrwald attended the University of Delaware, where he received a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering in 1981. He also completed the advanced management program at Harvard Business School.
Fyrwald serves as a director of Univar Inc., the Society of Chemical Industry, the American Chemistry Council, and the Chicago Public Education Fund, and is a trustee of the Field Museum of Chicago.
R. David Hoover
Former CEO and Chairman of the Board
R. David Hoover retired from Ball Corporation as chief executive officer in January 2011 after 41 years of service. He retired as chairman of the board of directors in 2013 and continues to serve as a director. Ball is a provider of high-quality packaging for beverage, food, and household products customers, and of aerospace and other technologies and services, primarily for the U.S. government. He was elected to the board of directors of Eli Lilly and Company in 2009.
A native of Straughn, Indiana, he received a bachelor’s degree in economics from DePauw University in 1967 and his MBA in finance and real estate from Indiana University in 1970. He also completed the advanced management program at Harvard University Graduate School of Business, Boston, in 1988.
Hoover was the chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Ball Corporation from April 2002 until January 2010 having been elected president and chief executive officer in January 2001. He was chairman and chief executive officer until January 2011. Hoover joined Ball Corporation in 1970. During his career, he has served as vice president, finance and administration, of both the company’s agricultural systems division and the company’s aerospace systems group. He was elected vice president and treasurer in 1988 and senior vice president and chief financial officer in 1992. He was named executive vice president and elected to the company’s board of directors in 1996. In 1998, he was elected vice chairman, in addition to the role of chief financial officer. Hoover became president of Ball Corporation in January 2000, and was named chief operating officer in April 2000.
Hoover is a member of the boards of Ball Corporation, Energizer Holdings, Inc., and Steelcase, Inc. He is a member of the board of the National Association of Manufacturers and is a member and past chair of the board of governors of the Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI). Hoover is a member and past chair of the board of trustees of DePauw University and on the Indiana University Kelley School of Business Dean’s Council. He is also a director of Boulder Community Hospital, Children’s Hospital Colorado, and a member of the Colorado Forum. He also served on the boards of Irwin Financial Corporation and Qwest International, Inc.
Karen N. Horn, Ph.D.
Retired President, Private Client Services, and Managing Director
Karen N. Horn, Ph.D., served as president, private client services, and managing director of Marsh, Inc. from 1999 until her retirement in 2003. She was elected to the board of directors of Eli Lilly and Company in 1987.
She earned a bachelor of arts degree in mathematics and economics from Pomona College and holds a doctor of philosophy degree in economics from The Johns Hopkins University. Her previous experience includes senior managing director and head of international private banking, Bankers Trust Company; chairman and chief executive officer of Bank One, Cleveland, N.A.; president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland; treasurer of Bell Telephone Company of Pennsylvania; and vice president of First National Bank of Boston.
Horn has been senior managing director of Brock Capital Group since 2004. She is a director of T. Rowe Price Mutual Funds; The U.S. Russia Investment Fund, a presidential appointment; Simon Property Group, Inc.; Norfolk Southern Corporation, and vice chairman of the U.S. Russia Foundation. Also, she served on the President’s Bipartisan Commission on Entitlements.
William G. Kaelin, Jr., M.D.
Professor, Department of Medicine,
and Associate Director, Basic Science
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center
William G. Kaelin, Jr., M.D. is professor in the Department of Medicine at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. He currently serves as associate director, Basic Science, for the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center. He was elected to the board of directors of Eli Lilly and Company in June 2012.
Kaelin received his degree in medicine from Duke University in 1982 and was a house officer and chief resident in internal medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was a medical oncology clinical fellow at Dana-Farber and a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. David Livingston, where he began his studies of tumor suppressor proteins. He became an independent investigator at Dana-Farber in 1992, and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator and professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School in 2002.
Kaelin is a member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation (ASCI) and the American College of Physicians. He recently served on the National Cancer Institute Board of Scientific Advisors, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Board of Trustees, and the Institute of Medicine National Cancer Policy Board. He is a recipient of the Paul Marks Prize for cancer research from the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Prize from the AACR, and a Doris Duke Distinguished Clinical Scientist award. In 2007 he was elected to the Institute of Medicine. In 2010, Kaelin was elected to the National Academy of Sciences and was a co-recipient of the 2010 Canada International Gairdner Award. In 2012 Kaelin was a co-recipient of both the ASCI’s Stanley J. Korsmeyer Award and the Scientific Grand Prix of the Foundation Lefoulon-Delalande and was elected to the Association of American Physicians. In 2014, he won the Wiley Biomedical Prize from the Rockefeller University and the Steven C. Beering Award from the Indiana University School of Medicine.
Ellen R. Marram
The Barnegat Group LLC
Ellen R. Marram is the president of The Barnegat Group LLC, a firm that provides business advisory services. She was a managing director at North Castle Partners, LLC from 2000 to 2005 and an advisor to the firm from 2006 to 2010. Marram has been a member of the board of directors of Eli Lilly and Company since 2002. She was elected lead independent director effective April 2012.
From 1993 to 1998, Marram was president and chief executive officer of Tropicana and the Tropicana Beverage Group. She steadily grew revenue and earnings and nearly doubled margins as she transformed Tropicana from a Florida juice company to a market-driven, health-focused, global juice business, number one in worldwide sales and profits. During Marram’s tenure, Tropicana nearly tripled its shareholder value and was sold to PepsiCo in 1998 for $3.3 billion.
From 1988 to 1993, Marram was president and chief executive officer of the Nabisco Biscuit Company, the largest operating unit of Nabisco, Inc. Under her leadership, the company significantly increased sales and margins and had one of the most successful new product records in the food industry. Marram’s vision and direction led to the 1992 launch of SnackWell’s cookies and crackers, which pioneered low fat snacking and is considered one of the most successful new products of the 1990s.
From 1987 to 1988, Marram was president of Nabisco’s grocery division. From 1970 to 1986, she held a series of marketing positions at Nabisco/Standard Brands, Johnson & Johnson, and Lever Brothers.
Marram is a member of the board of directors of Ford Motor Company and The New York Times Company, as well as several private companies. She also serves on the boards of Wellesley College, Institute for the Future, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Lincoln Center Theater, and Families and Work Institute. She is a past member of the board of associates of Harvard Business School and a past trustee of the Conference Board.
She is a 1968 graduate of Wellesley College and earned an MBA in 1970 from Harvard Business School, and has received alumni achievement awards from both institutions. She was named one of the Top 25 Managers of the Year by Business Week in January 1998.
Douglas R. Oberhelman
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Douglas R. Oberhelman is chairman of the board of directors and chief executive officer (CEO) of Caterpillar Inc. He was elected to the Eli Lilly and Company board of directors in 2008.
Oberhelman was named vice chairman and CEO-elect in October 2009 and immediately began to develop the company’s future strategic plan. Since becoming CEO on July 1, 2010, and chairman on November 1, 2010, he has led the successful implementation of that plan.
Oberhelman joined the Caterpillar treasury department in 1975 and has worked in or led a wide variety of businesses across the company. He was elected vice president and chief financial officer in 1995 and became a group president in 2002 with responsibility for Caterpillar’s engine and power systems businesses. Over the course of his career at Caterpillar, he has lived and worked in North America, South America, and Asia.
Oberhelman is chairman of the National Association of Manufacturers and vice chairman of the Business Council. He is also chairman of the International Engagement Committee and on the executive committee of the Business Roundtable. He is a member of the Nature Conservancy’s Latin America Conservation Council, vice president of the Wetlands America Trust, and chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Easter Seals Foundation of Central Illinois. He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Millikin University.
Franklyn G. Prendergast, M.D., Ph.D.
Emeritus Edmond and Marion Guggenheim Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Emeritus Professor of Molecular Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
Mayo Medical School
Franklyn G. Prendergast, M.D., Ph.D. is Emeritus Edmond and Marion Guggenheim Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Emeritus Professor of Molecular Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, Mayo Medical School. He was elected to the board of directors of Eli Lilly and Company in 1995.
Born in Linstead, Jamaica, he received a degree in medicine from the University of the West Indies in 1968. A Rhodes Scholar, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in physiology from Oxford University in 1971, his doctorate in biochemistry from the University of Minnesota in 1977, and a master’s degree in physiology from Oxford University in 1979.
Prendergast began his career at the Mayo Medical School as an instructor in physiology in 1975. In 1977 he became associate consultant in pharmacology at the Mayo Foundation and assistant professor in pharmacology of the Mayo Medical School. Three years later he was named consultant in pharmacology at the Mayo Foundation and associate professor in pharmacology at the Mayo Medical School. In 1985 he became consultant and chair of the department of biochemistry and molecular biology for the Mayo Foundation. He became professor in pharmacology and professor in biochemistry and molecular biology at the Mayo Medical School in 1986. He was named director of research for Mayo Rochester in 1992. He is an emeritus member of the board of governors and board of trustees, Mayo Clinic Rochester and director emeritus, Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine. Prendergast retired from Mayo Clinic in December of 2014.
Prendergast has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including Edmond and Marion Guggenheim Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (1987); Mayo Distinguished Investigator (1988); distinguished alumnus, University of Minnesota and University of the West Indies; and honorary doctorates, Purdue University and University of the West Indies. He is a member of the American Chemical Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Biophysical Society, Sigma Xi, the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and the American Cancer Society.
Marschall S. Runge, M.D., Ph.D.
Executive Dean and Chair, Department of Medicine
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
Marschall S. Runge, M.D., Ph.D., is executive dean and chair of the Department of Medicine at the UNC School of Medicine, where he is instrumental in guiding the academic and clinical leadership of the School of Medicine and the UNC Health Care System. He is also principal investigator and director of the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences (NC TraCS) Institute at UNC-Chapel Hill, one of fifty-five medical research institutions across the country funded by the Clinical and Translational Science Awards. He was elected to the board of directors of Eli Lilly and Company in 2013.
An honors graduate of Vanderbilt University with a bachelor of arts in biology and a doctorate in molecular biology, Dr. Runge earned his doctor of medicine degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where he was an intern and resident in internal medicine. He then completed a cardiology fellowship at Harvard’s Massachusetts General Hospital and was a faculty member there prior to becoming an associate professor of medicine at Emory University in 1989.
Before joining the UNC faculty in 2000, Dr. Runge held the John Sealy Distinguished Centennial Chair in Internal Medicine and was director of the Division of Cardiology and the Sealy Center for Molecular Cardiology at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.
Kathi P. Seifert
Retired Executive Vice President
Kathi P. Seifert, retired executive vice president for Kimberly-Clark Corporation, was elected to the board of directors of Eli Lilly and Company in 1995.
A native of Appleton, Wisconsin, she received a Bachelor of Science degree from Valparaiso University.
Prior to joining Kimberly-Clark in 1978, Seifert held management positions at Procter & Gamble, Beatrice Foods, and Fort Howard Paper Company. She joined Kimberly-Clark as a product manager and held several marketing positions before being elected to executive vice president in November 1999. She retired in June 2004.
Seifert is chairman of Katapult, LLC and is a member of the board of directors of Revlon Consumer Products Corporation; Lexmark International, Inc.; Appvion; Fox Cities Building for the Arts; and the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region.
Former Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
DBS Group Holdings Ltd. and DBS Bank Ltd.
Jackson Tai, former vice chairman and chief executive officer, DBS Group Holdings Ltd and DBS Bank Ltd, was elected to the Eli Lilly and Company board of directors in November 2013.
In 1999, Tai joined DBS Group and DBS Bank (formerly the Development Bank of Singapore), one of the largest financial services groups in Asia, as chief financial officer. He served DBS as president and chief operating officer from 2001 to 2002, and as vice chairman and chief executive officer from 2002 to 2007.
From 1974 to 1999, Tai was an investment banker with J.P. Morgan & Co. Incorporated. Among his assignments at J.P. Morgan, Tai was senior regional officer and head of investment banking for Asia Pacific, based in Tokyo; global head of real estate investment banking, based in New York; senior regional officer and head of investment banking for the Western United States, based in San Francisco; and executive director of J.P. Morgan Securities, based in Tokyo.
Tai serves as a non-executive director of The Bank of China Limited, Singapore Airlines, MasterCard Incorporated, and Royal Philips NV. Tai serves as a trustee of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a director of the Committee of 100.