John Castellani is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), one of the largest and most influential lobbying organizations in Washington. He has been called the "U.S. drug industry’s top lobbyist." He was previously the President and CEO of the Business Roundtable, an association of chief executive officers of major U.S. corporations. In 2007, Directorship Magazine named him as one of the 100 most influential people in corporate governance. Bloomberg has called him one of Washington's six most influential lobbyists.
Ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council
Castellani spoke during a plenary luncheon of the 38th annual meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council in New Orleans, LA, on August 3rd, 2011. PhRMA sponsored the luncheon, at which Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal also spoke.
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- PhRMA, John Castellani Biography], organizational biography, accessed August 10, 2011
- Mike Lillis, Drug lobby defends rise in prices, The Hill, August 25, 2010
- Shannon Pettypiece, Business Roundtable's Castellani Named CEO of Drug Industry's Lobby Group, Bloomberg, July 13, 2010
- N.C. Aizenman and Dan Eggen, Pharmaceutical group shifts tone with new pick for president, Washington Post, July 14, 2010
- The 2007 List of Influentials on the Directorship 100, Directorship Magazine, September 1, 2007
- American Legislative Exchange Council, "Solutions for the States," 38th Annual Meeting agenda, on file with CMD, August 3-6, 2011
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