Leigh Anne Leas

Vice President and North America Head, Public Policy, Novartis

Leigh Anne Leas's Bio

Leigh Anne Leas serves as Vice President and North America Head, Public Policy, for Novartis, representing all U.S. 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 U.S. businesses, including pharmaceuticals, oncology, generics, biosimilars, surgical devices and eye care products. Leas is also a member of the Novartis Country Executive Committee. In her 12 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, Leas worked for 10 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.

She received her bachelor of science 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 with the Jersey Cares program.

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