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John Pinney

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

John Pinney oversees the company’s strategic direction and serves as a member of multiple client teams. His experience and insights help integrate science, policy, and management principles to provide coherent solutions for clients’ regulatory, scientific and operational issues. John has consulted on numerous major Rx-to-OTC switch, drug development, issues management and product stewardship projects in support of consumer and prescription companies. His background in public health policy lends an important perspective to his approach to problem solving.

John has spent 45 years in the fields of disease prevention, substance abuse, health policy, and pharmaceutical consulting. His experience includes a wide range of executive positions in government, nonprofit, and academic organizations, together with over 30 years of consulting with private companies on health issues related to their employees, products and services.

John began his career in 1971 in the Office of the Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare where he was involved in policy initiatives affecting biomedical research, health services delivery and drug regulation. In 1973, he joined the National Council on Alcoholism and served as managing director of the Council’s Washington office. He returned to government in 1978 as Special Assistant to the Secretary of HEW and Director of the Office on Smoking and Health, serving as executive editor for four Surgeon General’s Reports on the health consequences of smoking. In 1983, he co-founded and served as executive director of Harvard University’s Institute for the Study of Smoking Behavior and Policy. The Institute played a seminal role in advancing tax and other tobacco control policy approaches. John’s consulting career initially focused on advising companies, many from the Fortune 500, on employee disease prevention and health promotion programs. In 1994, he founded PinneyAssociates to focus on consulting to the pharmaceutical industry, bringing a wealth of experience at the intersection of policy, science and regulation to developing and implementing solutions to complex regulatory challenges and public health problems.