SVP, U.S. oncology, Merck
By Frank Clyburn, president, global oncology business unit, Merck
Making a difference in the lives of individuals battling cancer is the mission that drives Jill DeSimone. A pharma industry veteran, Jill is an outstanding leader who walks the talk by demonstrating what it means to put the patient at the center of everything we do and inspires those around her with a prodigious work ethic and commitment to high standards.
As the leader of the fastest-growing business line at Merck, Jill manages the largest therapeutic area P&L across the enterprise. She is a deep expert in commercial immuno-oncology.
Jill is passionate about developing and mentoring her team while supporting development opportunities for the next wave of business leaders. She also makes it a priority to give back to organizations in the community.
For nearly a decade, Jill served as a sponsor of the Rutgers University Pharm.D. Fellowship Program. She is currently the executive sponsor at Merck for Swim Across America, a nonprofit that raises funds for cancer research.