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Clarkson University Graduate Is One Of Few Women Leaders In Pharmaceutical Industry
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Cynthia “Cindy” Dowd Greene, a 1978 graduate of Clarkson University, believes that engineers, by training and inclination, look at things differently.
Greene, a chemical engineer says, “As an engineer you look at what already exists, what you want to do, and then you figure out the best way to get from one point to the other. As a result, you develop important analytical and problem-solving skills.”
These skills, combined with a strong work ethic, have resulted in a notable 27-year career for Greene in the pharmaceutical industry. Now a successful consultant and entrepreneur, Greene has been recognized over the years with a number of professional awards. Most recently she was honored by her peers in the Central New York business community with admission to the Greater Syracuse Area “Women in Business” Honor Roll for 2005.
Greene began her career working for General Foods as an assistant process engineer, and then gained experience in commercial development and product management at Stauffer Chemical Company. She went on to join Bristol-Myers Squibb in 1983 as an industrial sales manager for North and South America, and later for Europe and China. Over the next 15 years she rose quickly within the Technical Operations Division of the company. Her results-oriented business acumen and proven leadership were instrumental in increasing sales and profits and identifying new opportunities for tactical growth.
Her 1998 appointment as senior director of Franchise Development for the company’s Oncology/Immunology Division, is an achievement Greene considers one of the highlights of her career to date. As part of her responsibilities, Greene gained valuable experience in Life Cycle Management, an industry process of managing commercialized product portfolios to assure the needs of patients are met.
Throughout her remarkable career, Greene has maintained close ties with her alma mater. “Alumni can play a vital role in the ongoing evolution of the University,” she says. “We are, after all, part of Clarkson’s history.”
“Clarkson afforded me with many opportunities and I believe it is important to give something back by sharing my positive experience with others,” explains Greene. “There’s lots of Clarkson blood in our family,” she adds referring to husband Mark Greene, a 1977 Clarkson graduate; brother Rick Dowd, 1981; brother-in-law John Greene, 1979; son Bryan, 2004; and daughter Beth, who will graduate in 2007. Extended family members William Budd graduated from Clarkson in 1948, Jon Payne in 1987, and James Lowell in 1982.
“Given the alarming shortage of engineers hailing from the U.S., I really hope I can inspire more young people, particularly women, to join the ranks of the profession, which remains largely dominated by men,” says Greene. “I hope by example I am able to make a difference in their careers and ultimately in the future of my profession.”
Clarkson University is a private, nationally ranked university attracting enterprising, high-ability scholars from diverse backgrounds who thrive in a rigorous, collaborative learning environment. Learning is in a positive, friendly and supportive atmosphere that spans the boundaries of traditional disciplines and knowledge. Faculty pursues research and connects students to their leadership potential in the marketplace through dynamic, real-world problem solving. The University enrolls 3,000 students.