Business 100 - 2008

Deirdre Connelly/Lilly USA

Deirdre Connelly has been President of Lilly USA since June 2005.  In the fall of 2006, and again this year, Deirdre
was recognized by Fortune magazine as one of the 50 most powerful women in business.  She was also included on Fortune’s “Young and Powerful” list.

Deirdre joined Lilly in 1983 as a sales representative and worked her way up the ranks. Before assuming the role of president, Deirdre was senior vice president of Human Resources. She joined the company’s policy committee in October 2004. She was vice president of human resources for pharmaceutical operations since May 2004. A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Deirdre earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and marketing from Lycoming College in Pennsylvania in 1983. She graduated from the Harvard University’s Advanced Management Program in 2000. Born to an Irish father and Puerto Rican mother, Deirdre is one of nine children, and upon hearing that she would be in the Business 100 said her  “father would be smiling from heaven.”