Education: Central Connecticut State University, bachelor of arts degree in biology; MBA, Adelphi University; Advanced Management Program, Harvard University
First job: Associate scientist in the Research & Development Group at E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. in 1973
The board room: Director and trustee, Christiana Care of Delaware; director, board of Christiana Care Health Initiatives, serving as chair of the human resources committee and vice chair of the performance improvement committee; boards of trustees of the St. Louis College of Pharmacy and Drexel University, Philadelphia; adjunct professor, University of Delaware Executive MBA program; director, advisory board of the Healthcare Businesswomen's Association; board of directors, Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce
Awards: CEO of the Year, Eastern Technology Council; Greater Philadelphia Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in Health Sciences
Whom do you admire most in business and why?
Judy Luwent, the CFO at Merck. She has the perfect combination of a strong science background and astute business skills. She was one of the earlier women to break the barriers and rise to a senior level. She is innovative, scientifically smart, a great thinker from a business perspective and an early role model for women.
What is the most important business lesson you've learned?
Keep the organization as flexible as possible and move as quickly as possible to close business deals.
What has been your toughest business challenge?
In the early days, we felt like children in a candy shop -- there were so many directions to go in. It was a challenge to make sure we stayed focused, and I knew if we did, we would be successful. It was better to have a smaller top line and stay focused, have more profit and be recognized as a leader in pain management.