VP, Business Transformation

Nancy Phelan

Nancy is an accomplished senior executive and thought leader with over 20 years’ success in the healthcare and biotech industries. She is a passionate and compassionate leader of high performing teams with deep expertise in designing effective customer marketing strategies and building commercial capabilities that drive performance.

Fueled by seeing the impact new treatments can have on people who have chronic disease first hand, she pursued a career in healthcare. Nancy’s broad commercial leadership experience includes global commercial operations, marketing, sales, sales management, and market access, across specialty and primary care. Nancy has held roles of increasing responsibility at Schering-Plough, now Merck, Wyeth, now Pfizer, and Bristol-Myers Squibb where she held roles of increasing responsibility including Head, Worldwide Commercial Operations for all priority markets and therapy areas. Nancy was CEO, Adhera Therapeutics and served on several boards including the Board of Managers for HATCH@Takeda and Eved a private fintech software firm. She currently serves as an Independent Board Member for FemmePharma Consumer Health and is an Advisory Board Member for several organizations including Evolution Road, and the Digital Health Coalition.

Nancy is currently VP, Business Transformation at Novartis and previously was VP and Head, Patient Specialty Services, Neuroscience at Novartis where she led a team dedicated to revolutionizing access to medications for all patients.

A former Working Mother Magazine cover mom, Nancy is married to her husband Robert and mom to two wonderful children and two somewhat well-behaved dogs. In her free time Nancy enjoys running, cooking and reading.

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