A Second Tour of Duty… Lessons Learned with Annalisa Jenkins
Annalisa Jenkins, new CEO of PlaqueTec, began her first tour of duty with the British Navy as a medical officer, but has since climbed the ranks of pharma to become a CEO and member of numerous boards.
Annalisa Jenkins |
The battlefield and the boardroom are more similar than you might think
For me, everything started with the military. I was raised in a military family and when I was searching for financial support for my medical studies it seemed a good time to join the British Navy, which had just started to open its doors to women in the medical branch. I served as a medical officer in the British Navy and was part of the Minesweeper Squadron during the Gulf conflict. Ultimately, I rose to the rank of Surgeon Lieutenant Commander, but after my tour of duty I wanted to go back into research, so I trained in cardiovascular medicine. I worked for the National Heart and Lung Institute, where I investigated the role of cholesterol on atheromatous plaques, and in 1997 I was offered the opportunity to join the pharma industry as a cardiovascular medical advisor at Bristol-Myers Squib (BMS), which was an exciting opportunity; in the 1990s, BMS was one of the top cardiovascular companies in the world.
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