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Jeff Kindler, Former CEO of Pfizer, on Making Career Decisions, and Healthcare Reform; Pamela Thomas-Graham, Former CMO of Credit Suisse, on Why ‘Diverse Groups Make Better Decisions


March 15, 2017

Both Share Insights in New GLG Videos

New York, New York; March 15, 2017 — GLG (Gerson Lehrman Group, Inc.) today released videos with Jeff Kindler, former CEO of Pfizer and Co-Chair of the GLG Institute; and Pamela Thomas-Graham, former Chief Marketing and Talent Officer at Credit Suisse, as part of its Anatomy of a Decision video series.

Kindler and Thomas-Graham, interviewed by GLG Head of Public Affairs Richard Socarides, discuss the importance of investing in life-long learning and mentorship, especially in the C-suite. Kindler shares how he became Chief Executive of Pfizer, what he wishes he had done differently, and the importance of making time for professional development.

Kindler also sheds light on the toughest challenges he faced as CEO, including negotiations around the passage of the Affordable Care Act, commenting: “My hope is that as Congress and the new administration considers possible changes in the law, they will closely consult with the patient groups, physicians, providers, and other participants in our very complex healthcare system so as to develop solutions that are in the best interests of patients and taxpayers.”

Thomas-Graham discusses her multi-faceted career and her roles at Credit Suisse, CNBC, and McKinsey & Co., where she was the first African-American woman to be named partner. She explores the impact of diversity on decision-making and the importance of creating career opportunities for others. “I was lucky enough to have someone open a door for me, so I’m going to now open a door to you. I think that’s an obligation we all have.” She also explores some of the challenges of being African-American in corporate America. “Coming up through the ranks at McKinsey, most of the clients were Fortune 500 CEOs, and people weren’t sure if they would take advice from a black woman…I was the first black woman that some had ever really known.”

Previously released videos in the Anatomy of a Decision series feature interviews with: Jill Abramson, former Editor of The New York Times; Jake Sullivan, former Director of Policy Planning at the United States Department of State; and Jeffrey Brenzel, former Dean of Admissions at Yale University.

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