WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - Deirdre Connelly, a 1983 Lycoming College graduate, has once again been named by Fortune as one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business. Connelly is president of North American pharmaceuticals for GlaxoSmithKline. Ranked 37th on the list in 2009, she rises to 27th in 2010, joining the ranks of Oprah Winfrey (sixth) and this year's most powerful woman, Indra Nooyi, chairman and CEO of PepsiCo.
A native of Puerto Rico, Connelly joined GSK in February of 2009. Prior to that, she spent 26 years at Eli Lilly and worked her way up from a sales representative to the president of U.S. operations. Connelly earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Lycoming and graduated from Harvard University's Advanced Management Program in 2000.