John Castellani

Catalyst Contributors

In August 2010, Mr. Castellani joined PhRMA, which represents America’s leading pharmaceutical research and biotechnology companies. In assuming his new responsibilities, Mr. Castellani pledged PhRMA will continue to lead efforts to find patient-centered solutions to healthcare challenges in America and around the globe.

Before joining PhRMA, Mr. Castellani was President and Chief Executive Officer of Business Roundtable (BRT). The BRT is an association of chief executive officers from leading U.S. corporations with a combined workforce of nearly 12 million employees and $6 trillion in annual revenues. Business Roundtable was cited by The Financial Times as "the most influential chief executive lobbying group in the U.S." and is at the forefront of public policy debates, advocating for a vigorous, dynamic global economy. Mr. Castellani served at the BRT from May 2001 to July 2010, where he significantly strengthened their reputation in Washington, nationally and internationally.

Under Mr. Castellani, the BRT played vital roles in the adoption of long-awaited civil-justice reform legislation in 2005, approval of the Central America Free Trade Agreement, and enactment of critically important legislation to lower tax rates and slash taxes on dividends in 2003. He also was a leader of the coalition working in support of Social Security reform, the “Divided We Fail” partnership formed to urge congressional action on healthcare reform and retirement security, and other initiatives to keep the United States competitive and a global hub of innovation.

Mr. Castellani is frequently sought by the news media for his expert insights on business and public policy issues, appearing on such programs as NBC’s “Meet the Press,” PBS’ “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer,” Fox News Channel’s “Special Report,” and CNBC’s “Street Signs.” He also regularly testified before Congress on issues of key concern to the  BRT, and discussed its agenda for economic growth in venues such as the Detroit Economic Club and the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Prior to the BRT, Mr. Castellani was Executive Vice President of Tenneco Inc. and part of the senior management team that led the transformation of the ailing conglomerate into seven strong companies.

Mr. Castellani’s Washington experience includes serving as Vice President for Resources and Technology with the National Association of Manufacturers, and as Vice President of State, Federal and International Government Relations for TRW Inc. He started his career at General Electric as an environmental scientist and strategic planner.

In 2007, Castellani was named one of the 100 most influential people in corporate governance by Directorship Magazine.

A graduate of Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., Mr. Castellani now serves on its board of trustees. He is also an Ethics Resource Center Executive fellow and a member of the Advisory Council of the Business Roundtable Institute for Corporate Ethics, in addition to being a member of The Economic Club of Washington. He and his wife, Terry, reside in Washington and have two sons.

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