Appointment is initial step toward company pledge to 2020 Women on Boards initiative
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“It’s an honor to join the board of a company that continues to deliver innovative solutions which are transforming the industry,” said Dr. Rivas. “I look forward to working with the board and executive management to help Medidata succeed in its mission to power smarter treatments and healthier people.”
Dr. Rivas is the first board appointee as part of Medidata’s fulfillment of its 2020 Women on Boards initiative pledge which aims to have 20% female membership by 2020. Medidata was committed to finding a female candidate from an underrepresented population to serve on a public company board for the first time.
In her career, Dr. Rivas has built and led global teams of 2,000 medical, research, safety, communications, and compliance professionals in over 90 countries to deliver market insights and enrich product value propositions, improve healthcare, and enhance company reputation. She launched new products in multiple therapeutic areas including Oncology and Immunology. Dr. Rivas worked in US and international settings, including tertiary teaching hospitals and private practice.
For close to two decades, Dr Rivas served as a senior executive in
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