Jeffrey Berkowitz is the president of Walgreens Boots Alliance Development GmbH. He is based in Bern, Switzerland. Prior to taking on this role in late 2012, Berkowitz served as the senior vice president, Pharmaceutical Development and Market Access and was responsible for all pharmaceutical procurement and relationships, managed care sales and marketing and contracts and pricing related to reimbursement.
As part of the company’s strategic partnership with Alliance Boots, Berkowitz is responsible for the creation and development of a new joint venture company based in Europe. Berkowitz and his team lead all of the company’s relations with branded and generic pharmaceutical manufacturers and related development programs worldwide, and also oversee Walgreens North American-based purchasing and branded pharmaceutical relationships. As the senior-most Walgreens executive residing outside of the U.S., Berkowitz leads the global health and wellbeing efforts on the ground overseas.
Prior to joining Walgreens in September 2010, Berkowitz was senior vice president of global market access for Merck & Company, Inc. In that role, he was accountable for all activity related to access, pricing, payer marketing, health outcomes and health technology assessments worldwide and a member of the Global Human Health and Emerging Markets leadership teams.
From 2002 to 2009, Berkowitz held a variety of positions with increasing responsibility in market access, sales and marketing with Schering-Plough prior to its acquisition by Merck in 2009. His tenure there culminated in his role as group vice president of diversified products and global market access. In this capacity, he held global P&L responsibility for the company’s $2.5 billion diversified products franchises and was a member of the global management team. He also served as legal director for Schering-Plough’s managed care and commercial group from 1998 to 2002.
Before joining Schering-Plough, Berkowitz was a health care attorney for the international law firm Proskauer Rose LLP in New York and Washington, D.C.
Berkowitz earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., and his Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School in Brooklyn, N.Y. He has been recognized three times in PharmaVoice magazine as one of the 100 Most Inspiring Leaders in the Life Sciences in 2009, 2010 and 2012.
Berkowitz serves on the board of directors of Infinity Pharmaceuticals, Inc., an innovative biopharmaceutical company dedicated to discovering, developing and delivering best-in-class medicines to people with difficult-to-treat diseases.