Head of Healthcare Industries
World Economic Forum
Dr. Gary Phillips is Head of Healthcare Industries at the World Economic Forum in Geneva, Switzerland. In this capacity, he leads initiatives aiming to improve the state of global healthcare through partnership with the foremost industry, government, and civil society institutions of the world. He was previously President of Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and President, U.S. Surgical and Pharmaceuticals, at Bausch & Lomb. He also served as Global Pharmaceuticals Category Leader at B&L. Gary has held senior executive roles at Merck Serono, Novartis and Wyeth. He was a healthcare strategy managing consultant at Towers Perrin and previously a general medicine practitioner as a medical officer in the US Navy, from which he was honorably discharged as a lieutenant commander.
Gary was educated at the University of Pennsylvania, where he received an MD (Hons) from the School of Medicine, an MBA from the Wharton School, and BA (Hons) in biochemistry from the College of Arts and Sciences. He completed postgraduate medical education at Naval Medical Center San Diego and maintains an active medical license.