TOP 25 WOMEN IN HEALTHCARE
Annette Walker PROVIDENCE ST. JOSEPH HEALTH RENTON, WA
Walker is president of strategy for Providence St. Joseph Health— the not-for-profit health system formed through the merger of Providence Health & Services and St. Joseph Health. She’s also CEO of the St. Joseph Health division. She is responsible for all strategy, marketing, business development and project management operations across the Providence St. Joseph system. The system has more than 100,000 caregivers at 50 hospitals and 829 clinics across seven states in the Western U.S. Walker has been with St. Joseph Health for almost 12 years, previously serving as executive vice president for strategic services. She is a frequent speaker and has published numerous articles on healthcare quality.
Marla Weston ANA ENTERPRISE SILVER SPRING, MD
Weston is CEO of the ANA Enterprise and for the past eight years has served as CEO of it subsidiary, the American Nurses Association, a leading membership and advocacy organization for the profession. She also oversees the American Nurses Foundation and the American Nurses Credentialing Center, also ANA Enterprise units. Before joining the ANA in 2009, Weston served at the U.S. Veterans Healthcare Administration, first as program director in the Office of Nursing Services and then as deputy chief officer in the agency’s Workforce Management and Consulting Office. In those roles she managed programs and initiatives designed to support caregivers in the VHA and to promote nurse retention in the health system.
Marilyn Tavenner AMERICA’S HEALTH INSURANCE PLANS WASHINGTON, DC
Since July 2015, Tavenner has been president and CEO of America’s Health Insurance Plans, the dominant lobbying organization for the health insurance industry. She is a former CMS administrator, appointed by President Barack Obama on an interim basis in 2011 after the departure of Dr. Don Berwick. She was officially confirmed for the post in 2013. She played a high-profile role during the initial implementation of the Affordable Care Act, including oversight of the state and federal insurance exchanges and rulemaking for expansion of the Medicaid program, currently in place in 31 states and the District of Columbia. Tavenner worked as a nurse and an executive at for-profit hospital chain HCA before entering the federal government.
Emma Walmsley GLAXOSMITHKLINE BRENTFORD, U. K.; PA
When Walmsley takes over for Andrew Witty as CEO of GlaxoSmithKline in March, she will be the first woman to head a top global pharmaceutical company. She joined GSK in 2010 after spending 17 years working for cosmetics giant L’Oreal. She has been a member of GSK’s corporate executive team since 2011 and served as the CEO of GSK Consumer Healthcare, a joint venture between GSK and Novartis, which was created in March 2015. GSK Consumer Healthcare is one of the world’s largest consumer health companies, developing and manufacturing products in wellness, nutrition, oral health and skin care. Walmsley takes the helm in a challenging market for drug companies, especially in the U.S. market where pharma is under intensifying pressure over soaring prices.