David A. Ricks is senior vice president of Eli Lilly and Company and president of Lilly Bio-Medicines, and is a member of the company’s executive committee. Lilly's board of directors has elected Ricks to assume the role of president and chief executive officer on January 1, 2017, and to become chairman of the board on June 1, 2017.
Since January 2012, Ricks has served as president of Lilly Bio-Medicines, which encompasses the therapeutic areas of Alzheimer’s disease, urology, immunology, musculoskeletal disease, and pain, as well as the company’s global marketing function. In this role, Ricks leads commercialization efforts for marketed medicines in more than 20 countries, along with development of half of Lilly’s late-stage pharmaceutical pipeline. He oversees the geographic areas of the United States, Japan, Canada and Europe, including the company-wide infrastructure that supports Lilly’s commercial operations and marketing in major markets across all business units.
A 20-year Lilly veteran, Ricks previously led three key Lilly affiliates: the U.S., China, and Canada. He served as president of Lilly USA, the company’s largest affiliate, from 2009 to 2011. He served as president and general manager of Lilly China, one of the world’s fastest-growing emerging markets, from 2008 to 2009. And he was general manager of Lilly Canada from 2005 to 2008, after roles there as director of pharmaceutical marketing and national sales director. Ricks joined Lilly in 1996 as a business development associate and held several management roles in U.S. marketing and sales before moving to Lilly Canada.
Ricks earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial management from Purdue University in 1990 and an MBA from Indiana University in 1996.
Ricks is on the board of the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) and has served as co-chair of the Trans-Atlantic Business Dialogue. He chairs the Riley Children’s Foundation Board of Governors, serves on the Purdue Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering Advisory Board, and was 2015-16 Campaign Chair for United Way of Central Indiana.