Vice President and US Country Head, Health Policy
Leigh Anne Leas serves as the Vice President and US Country Head, Health Policy for Novartis, representing all US business divisions. She is responsible for developing the organization’s policy priorities and positions on key federal and state health policy issues and government healthcare programs. She and her team assess the impact of potential legislation and regulations on the Novartis US businesses, including pharmaceuticals, oncology, generics, biosimilars, surgical devices and eye care products. Leigh Anne is also a member of the Novartis Country Executive Committee.
In her twelve years with Novartis, she has held a variety of roles focused on Public Affairs Strategy and Government Access, Health Policy, Managed Markets Strategy, and Economic Development. Her prior pharmaceutical industry experience includes government pricing and contracting, managed care strategy, and product director roles with Bristol-Myers Squibb and Johnson & Johnson.
Prior to joining the pharmaceutical industry, Leigh Anne worked for ten years in the health insurance and pharmaceutical benefits management industries in varying roles including underwriting and actuarial positions with United Healthcare, and pricing, operations, and account management leadership roles with PCS Health Systems, now a part of the CVS/Caremark organization.
Leigh Anne received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Kansas. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Dress for Success, Morris County, a past Trustee of the Holt- Elwell Memorial Foundation, and a volunteer through the Jersey Cares program.