Jennifer Cook of Roche named 2016 Woman of the Year by the Healthcare Businesswomen's Association

Feb 09, 2016, 11:00 ET from Healthcare Businesswomen's Association

FAIRFIELD, N.J., Feb. 9, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Healthcare Businesswomen's Association's (HBA) 2016 Woman of the Year is Jennifer Cook, head of pharma, region Europe for Roche.

"The Healthcare Businesswomen's Association is extremely proud to honor Jennifer Cook as Woman of the Year," says Laurie Cooke, CEO. "Jennifer embodies the leadership, business acumen and commitment to inclusion that our industry needs to thrive in today's challenging environment."

"I am incredibly proud to see Jennifer recognized as the HBA 2016 Woman of the Year," says Daniel O'Day, CEO, Roche. "Jennifer is an exceptional leader with a combination of qualities that make her an invaluable contributor to our industry. Her outstanding business acumen, combined with her highly engaging leadership style and passion for bringing out the best in people, makes her a worthy choice for this award."

The HBA Woman of the Year (WOTY) event, Thursday, May 12, in New York, showcases the HBA's core purpose of furthering the advancement and impact of women in the business of healthcare. Awards for Honorable Mentor, STAR, Rising Stars and Luminaries, are also presented at the WOTY event.

"I am truly honored to receive this recognition," says Jennifer. "In this period of rapid evolution for our industry, I believe we have an unprecedented opportunity to improve health outcomes for patients and societies worldwide. As HBA Woman of the Year, I feel privileged to help bring together the many remarkable women in our industry to further our impact."

As head of pharma, region Europe for Roche, Jennifer is responsible for enabling people in Europe to access Roche medicines, achieving Roche's commercial success in Europe and leading the 5,700-person work force in the region's 28 countries.

Jennifer joined Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, in 1987. She spent five years working in research and early development before joining Prizm Pharmaceuticals. Jennifer returned to Genentech and for 19 years held roles of increasing responsibility in commercial operations and portfolio management, including vice president market development, senior vice president global portfolio management and senior vice president and US business unit head, immunology and ophthalmology.

Jennifer has consistently delivered strong and meaningful results and has significantly improved Roche's business performance in Europe since she assumed her current role in 2013. She's built a stellar reputation for leadership and people development, inspiring and empowering other leaders within Roche's pharma region in Europe and serving as a trusted mentor to employees across the company.

About the HBA
The Healthcare Businesswomen's Association (HBA) is a global nonprofit organization, with chapters in the US and Europe, committed to: achieving gender parity in leadership positions; facilitating career and business connections and providing effective practices that enable organizations to realize the full potential of their female talent. The HBA accomplishes its mission through strong business networks, education, research, advocacy, and recognition for individuals and companies. For more information, visit

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