John Castellani
Catalyst Contributor



John J. Castellani is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), an organization that represents America’s leading biopharmaceutical research companies.  The biopharmaceutical sector directly employs over 650,000 Americans working to develop new medicines that help patients fight disease and live, longer healthier lives.

Working at the intersection of public policy, health and business, Mr. Castellani leads PhRMA’s efforts to preserve and strengthen a healthcare and economic environment that fosters medical innovation, new drug discovery and access to life-saving medicines. He is a passionate advocate for a strong, innovative and growing American biopharmaceutical research industry that plays a critical role in helping to improve the health of every American and patients the world-over.

In 2011, Mr. Castellani was recognized by The Hill newspaper as one of America’s top health care lobbyists. He also was honored with the Bryce Harlow Foundation’s prestigious 2011 Business-Government Relations Award, recognizing his leadership and exemplary life-long contribution to the public affairs and advocacy profession.

Mr. Castellani is a former President and CEO of Business Roundtable, an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. corporations with a combined workforce of nearly 12 million employees and $6 trillion in annual revenues. 

Prior to Business Roundtable, Mr. Castellani was Executive Vice President of Tenneco, Inc.

Mr. Castellani, who began his career as an environmental scientist at General Electric, earned his bachelor’s degree at Union College in Schenectady, New York.