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BMS' Florencia Davel to Oversee 40 Countries

By Miriam Bello | Fri, 02/04/2022 - 14:35

Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS) announced the appointment of Florencia Davel, Vice President and General Manager for Latin America, as General Manager of the Distributor Markets Center of Excellence, expanding her current role and responsibilities.

Davel will be in charge of the operation of the Center of Excellence for Distributor Markets, which is responsible for BMS’s business in over 40 countries in Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and the EU. In her new role, Davel will work to increase access to BMS’ scientific innovation. She will maintain her former role as leader of the regional operation.

Davel has been BMS’ General Manager for Latin America since 2018 but has over 20 years of experience in the company. In May 2021 she was also appointed President of the Latin American Federation of Pharmaceutical Companies and Associations of Latin America and the Caribbean (FIFARMA), becoming the first woman to lead the Institution.

Throughout her career and in different leadership positions, Davel achieved outstanding results for the business and the organization. “Diversity and inclusion are important pillars,” said Davel on an interview with MBN. “Internally, we have teams that work on different aspects of diversity through the BioPharma Teams, B-NOW (Bristol Network of Women), Pride Alliance or CLIMB, which integrates the different generations in the workplace.”

BMS is also developing external alliances to support diversity, such as that with Casa Trans in Argentina and the CREA Futura program. The company is also working Tecnológico de Monterrey to promote gender equality. Davel is a member of the Global Council for Diversity and Inclusion of BMS and is involved in the generation of external alliances to promote innovative and patient-centered health ecosystems.

“Eight years ago, when I took a management position in BMS, the dominant presence of men at high-level meetings was evident. While there are more women in leadership positions, there is still a long road ahead,” said Davel. To change this scenario, she actively participates in international and local business forums and was named a “Women to Watch” by AdAge and AdLatina in 2017 in recognition of her professional achievements and impact on society.

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Miriam Bello Miriam Bello Senior Journalist and Industry Analyst