Senior Director of Global Advocacy and Professional Relations, Eli Lilly & Company
Tom Wallace is the Senior Director of Global Advocacy and Professional Relations at Eli Lilly and Company. In addition, he is a member of the Global Corporate Affairs Leadership Team, which has responsibility for the Company’s public affairs function worldwide, led by the Senior V.P. of Corporate Affairs.
Mr. Wallace has led the company’s outreach to patient advocacy groups and health professional associations since 2002, expanding from leading the U.S. function to leading a global function in 2008. His role includes defining and managing how the company interacts with external organizations. The focus areas are gaining insight about what will improve innovation and meet patient’s needs, and building direct and virtual alliances through digital engagement to improve health care delivery and regulatory systems and public policies. Mr. Wallace has worked with Lilly executives to develop and implement several initiatives to improve transparency within the healthcare field, and to establish principles for interactions with external organizations. In several cases Lilly is credited with setting the trend for Industry transformation.
Employed by Lilly since 1989, Mr. Wallace’s roles have included those in state government relations, new product planning and sales. Prior to joining Lilly, he served as the Assistant Director of the State of Indiana Washington, D.C. Office under Governor Robert D. Orr. He was selected for the Governor’s Fellowship program, a state program modeled after the White House Fellows program. Mr. Wallace is a graduate of Butler University and holds a Masters of Public Affairs degree from Indiana University.
Mr. Wallace serves on several advisory boards and was chairman of the PhRMA Alliance Section from 2006 to 2008, during a time of great change to the U.S. Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit. He has been an active participant about broader health care reforms. He is on the national boards of the National Health Council and Cancer Support Community. Other engagements have included speaking roles at the “Coach K Leadership Institute” at Duke University and participating in the Wharton-Lilly Leadership Program for nonprofit health care executives at the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Wallace lives in the Washington, D.C. area; he and his wife Lynn have two college age sons.