Alan Holmer — The Industry’s Champion


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“I had spent my entire career preparing for the job at PhRMA.” That’s how Alan Holmer describes his experience before taking on the top job at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America. The president and CEO of PhRMA finds both challenges and rewards in his position, but this is a role that Mr. Holmer is more than qualified to fill.
An early introduction to politics through his father, years of experience in the political arena — serving senators, the White House, as well as various government departments — and in-depth experience as a tax lawyer and later as an international trade lawyer representing, among other clients, the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association, now PhRMA, give Mr. Holmer the grounding he needs to represent the pharmaceutical industry.
In his seven years at PhRMA, Mr. Holmer has done much to raise the profile of the organization as an advocate and lobbying body. His efforts are instrumental in positioning PhRMA to counter the industry’s critics. In spite of PhRMA’s many successes, challenges remain, including further bolstering the industry’s image in the face of very public attacks from congressional representatives and negative…

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