Dan Leonard is the president and chief executive officer of the National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC), which sponsors and participates in research on the appropriate use of pharmaceuticals and the clinical and economic value of pharmaceutical innovation. NPC’s research contributes to the scientific foundation for informed discussions about health care access, coverage, appropriate use and value.
Under Mr. Leonard’s leadership, NPC brings the pharmaceutical industry’s technical expertise and applied scientific knowledge to considerations of evidence generation, the value of pharmaceuticals, access for patients and the importance of maintaining a robust innovation ecosystem.
Prior to coming to NPC, Mr. Leonard served as executive vice president of advocacy and professional services for America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), the trade association representing companies providing health insurance coverage in the United States.
Mr. Leonard is also a veteran communications and media strategist with more than 20 years of experience in strategic communications, legislative management, politics and broadcast journalism. He worked as a senior vice president at the Washington, D.C.-based public relations firms Chlopak, Leonard, Schechter and Associates and Edelman Public Relations.
Mr. Leonard also has significant experience in politics and government. In August 1996, Mr. Leonard served as convention press secretary and spokesman to Republican Vice Presidential Nominee Jack Kemp. In 1994, Mr. Leonard served as communications director for the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC). Before joining the NRCC, Mr. Leonard served three years as chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Susan Molinari (R-NY).
Early in his career, Mr. Leonard worked as a broadcast journalist. He was a political reporter for WMUR-TV in Manchester, New Hampshire, where he covered the presidential candidates in the 1988 New Hampshire primary. He also was a reporter and anchor for WNNE-TV in Vermont, an associate producer at WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh, and a public relations publicist for WCVB-TV in Boston.
He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Marietta College. He also received his master’s in government from Johns Hopkins University.
Mr. Leonard lives in Annapolis, Maryland, with his wife, Susan. They have two children and enjoy sailing on the Chesapeake Bay.