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2016 Jacopo Leonardi

Chairman and CEO at ActivCore Honored as 2016 Honorable Mentor

The Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA) honored its 2016 Honorable Mentor, Jacopo Leonardi, during the association’s 27th annual Women of the Year event.

The HBA created the Honorable Mentor award in 2001 to annually recognize an individual who demonstrates long-term advocacy for current and future women leaders. Recipients exhibit personal dedication to developing, mentoring and promoting women in the industry, and are supportive of the HBA’s core purpose to further the advancement and impact of women in the business of healthcare.

“The HBA is extremely proud to honor Jacopo Leonardi as our 2016 Honorable Mentor,” said CEO Laurie Cooke. “Jac’s commitment to building inspired and inclusive teams, providing an environment conducive to career growth and recognizing talent are what makes him an Honorable Mentor.”

Jacopo is chairman and CEO of ActivCore and the former executive vice president and president of Immunology at Baxalta. While with Baxalta, Jacopo was honored as the HBA 2016 Honorable Mentor, held several key leadership roles including vice president of U.S. sales and marketing for biotherapeutics, general manager for U.S. 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 U.S. brand management at Unilever, Eli Lilly and Johnson & Johnson.

After receiving the award, Jacopo shared, “I am humbled and honored to be named HBA’s 2016 Honorable Mentor. 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, connecting with many different people to create something remarkable and to bring out the best ideas. An essential part of this is cultivating a highly inclusive culture that inspires gender intelligence and partnership.”

Ludwig Hantson, CEO and president of Baxalta, Inc. stated, “I am immensely proud of Jac and we are pleased that he has received this well-deserved recognition. 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.”

Read "Headliner: Be a better mentor, says Baxalta's Leonardi" on HBA's media partner publication, Medical Marketing & Media (MM&M) magazine.

Read the text of Jac's speech at the Woman of the Year event.

Update 16 July, 2020: Jacopo has taken on the role of Full-Time Partner at Agent Capital.

About the HBA

The Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA) is a global nonprofit organization serving a community women and men in leading life sciences, biotech, pharmaceutical and supporting companies. The HBA has nearly 120 Corporate Partners and nearly 8,000 members served by more than 20 chapters and affiliates across the U.S. and Europe.