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Jeff Winton, BS'80
Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Chief Communications Officer
Jeffrey Winton is the senior vice president, corporate affairs, and chief communications officer at Tokyo-based global pharmaceutical company Astellas Pharma, one of the two largest healthcare companies in Japan and a top 20 global biopharmaceutical company. In this role, Winton is responsible for leading a multi-faceted corporate affairs function that includes patient advocacy; product communications; corporate, brand and reputation communications and management; corporate social responsibility; and government affairs and policy. In addition to leading corporate affairs, Winton serves on the company’s Management Committee and is the president of the Astellas US Foundation.
Prior to joining Astellas in 2013, Winton served as vice president and head of global communications at Eli Lilly and Company. There, Winton was responsible for providing company-wide global strategic leadership for all communications. He was a member of the Lilly Global Corporate Affairs Leadership Team.
Before joining Eli Lilly and Company, Winton was managing partner of West Mill Consulting LLC., a firm that works with clients to provide strategic planning, program development and tactical implementation in disciplines that include communications, public relations and affairs, marketing research, brand development and recruitment.
Winton served as group vice president, global communications at Schering-Plough prior to joining West Mill Consulting LLC. In this role, he was responsible for strategic planning and tactical execution for all global communications programs for the company’s broad portfolio in human pharmaceuticals, animal health and veterinary medicine, and consumer health care. The company was acquired by Merck in 2009.
Prior his time at Schering-Plough, Winton served as vice president of global public relations for Pharmacia, which was acquired by Pfizer in 2003. He led public relations efforts for all of Pharmacia’s global businesses.
Previously, Winton worked for Hoffmann-La Roche, where he was responsible for directing public relations, public affairs and advocacy development efforts. Winton also directed U.S. and international communications for American Cyanamid, which was acquired by Wyeth (now Pfizer).
During his 35 years in the business, Winton also worked for prominent public relations and advertising agencies.
Winton graduated with distinction from Cornell University, with a bachelor’s degree in life sciences. In addition, he has completed several graduate-level courses at Union Theological Seminary/Columbia University in New York. Winton currently serves on the Cornell University Advisory Council and in leadership positions in a number of agricultural and community organizations. Winton is involved in various professional organizations, including Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), PRSA Health Academy, The Seminar and Arthur W. Page Society.
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