Healthcare Businesswomen's Association names Jacopo Leonardi of Baxalta 2016 Honorable Mentor

Feb 23, 2016, 10:00 ET from Healthcare Businesswomen's Association

FAIRFIELD, N.J., Feb. 23, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Healthcare Businesswomen's Association (HBA) named Jacopo Leonardi, executive vice president and president, Immunology at Baxalta Incorporated 2016 Honorable Mentor.

"The HBA is extremely proud to honor Jacopo Leonardi," says Laurie Cooke, CEO. "Jac's commitment to building inspired and inclusive teams, recognizing talent, and providing the environment conducive to career growth are what makes him an Honorable Mentor."

"I am immensely proud of Jac and we are pleased that he has received this well-deserved recognition," said Ludwig Hantson, CEO and president, Baxalta Incorporated. "Jac has demonstrated unwavering commitment to advancing the careers of and advocating for women leaders – both at Baxalta and the healthcare community at large. His passion for talent development is inspiring and contagious, and I am honored to have the opportunity to work with him."

Jacopo will be honored at the HBA's Woman of the Year (WOTY) event on May 12, in New York. The WOTY event showcases the HBA's core purpose of furthering the advancement and impact of women in the business of healthcare.

"I am humbled and honored to be named HBA's 2016 Honorable Mentor," shared Jacopo Leonardi. "It has been incredibly gratifying to learn from, partner with and sponsor phenomenal women leaders throughout my career and to help ensure they have every opportunity to achieve success in their careers and in their lives. I believe in the importance of embracing true diversity, of connecting with as many different people as possible to come together to create something remarkable and bring out the best thinking and ideas. An essential part of this is cultivating a highly inclusive culture that inspires gender intelligence and partnership."   

Jacopo joined Baxter, now Baxalta, in January 2009 and held several key leadership roles including VP of US sales and marketing for biotherapeutics, general manager for US hemophilia and region head of Baxter's North American hematology organization.

Prior to joining Baxter, Jacopo spent 14 years in key development and leadership roles in technical service, sales, global new product development and US brand management at Unilever, Eli Lilly and Johnson & Johnson.

About the HBA

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SOURCE Healthcare Businesswomen's Association