ROANOKE, Va., Nov. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Society of Pharmaceutical and Biotech Trainers (SPBT) today announced that Carol Wells has been elected president of the SPBT Board of Directors, effective January 1, 2012. She brings to her new role extensive leadership experience in learning and development, management development, sales, and marketing.
A valuable SPBT member since 2004, Ms. Wells also has served as vice president of the SPBT Board since 2006. In her new role as president, she will be responsible for leading the strategic direction and educational services of SPBT on behalf of the nearly 1,000 professional members.
"The healthcare industry is constantly evolving, and as trainers we play an increasingly critical role in helping our companies navigate this time of change and complexity," said Ms. Wells. "I look forward to leading SPBT and working together with its diverse corporate membership to produce effective learning and development programs amidst new economic, regulatory, and technological challenges."
In her current role at Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, as senior director, Commercial Training and Development, Ms. Wells has responsibility for cross portfolio sales training, management and leadership development, training operations, and functional training that includes marketing, thought leader partnerships, managed care, and medical science training. She has been with Genentech since 2004.
"Carol Wells is an experienced and passionate member of the training industry who personifies the value and mission of SPBT," Kevin Kruse, executive director, SPBT. "She will no doubt bring sound direction and enthusiastic leadership to her new role as president, guiding the Society through its next phase of advancing the field of training in the life sciences."
Ms. Wells was named a 2010 "Top 100 Most Inspiring People" by PharmaVoice magazine. She also serves as president of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the Healthcare Businesswomen's Association (HBA). Ms. Wells succeeds Michael Capaldi, associate vice president, institutional affairs at Sanofi, whose term as president will expire after serving two years.
The Society of Pharmaceutical and Biotech Trainers (SPBT) is a worldwide 501-(C)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the professional goals of trainers in the life sciences. SPBT is a conduit to keeping the training industry educated, informed, and connected, and is the only nonprofit organization solely devoted to strengthening training in the healthcare industry with the ultimate benefit of improving patient care.
SPBT was established in 1971 and originally named the National Society of Pharmaceutical Sales Trainers. Today, SPBT has a membership of nearly 1,000 trainers employed by hundreds of pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device, and diagnostic companies around the globe.
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