Heather Bresch

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Heather Manchin Bresch
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Heather Bresch testifying before the United States House Committee on Energy and Commerce in 2012.
Born Heather Manchin[1]
Residence Sewickley, Pennsylvania[2]
Nationality American
Other names Heather Kirby[3]
Alma mater West Virginia University (B.A., 1991)
Occupation Chief executive officer
Spouse(s) Jeffrey Bresch
Douglas Kirby (divorced)
Family Joe Manchin (father)

Heather Bresch is the CEO of Mylan, Inc., a Pittsburgh-based pharmaceutical corporation. She is the daughter of West Virginia U.S. Senator and former West Virginia governor Joe Manchin.

Early life and education[edit]

Bresch is the daughter of the United States Senator from West Virginia, Joe Manchin.[4][5] She grew up in Fairmont and Farmington, West Virginia in a Catholic Italian American family.[6] Bresch attended Fairmont Senior High School in Fairmont, West Virginia[7] and graduated from West Virginia University in 1991 with a bachelor's degree in political science and international relations.[8]

Bresch was an MBA student at West Virginia University until 1998. In 2007, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that Bresch had claimed to have an MBA degree from West Virginia University, but the university disputed that. The university subsequently awarded her an MBA despite her not attaining sufficient credits. In the ensuing controversy, the university announced in April 2008 that it would rescind Bresch's degree.[9] Michael Garrison, WVU President at the time, was reported to be "a family friend and former business associate of Bresch"[9] and a former consultant and lobbyist for Mylan.[10]


Early work[edit]

Bresch's father introduced her to Milan Puskar, who was then the CEO of Mylan, and persuaded her to accept a low-level data entry position with the company.[11][12] She started as a data entry clerk for pharmaceutical labels at the company's manufacturing facility in Morgantown, West Virginia in 1992.[13][11][14][15]

Starting in 2002, Bresch served successively as Mylan's director of government relations, Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategic Development, Head of North American Operations, and then (in 2009) Chief Operating Officer and Chief Integration Officer.[13][16][17][18][19][12] She joined Mylan's Board of Directors in March 2011.[20] She has been active in attempts to prevent brand-name pharmaceuticals from delaying the release of generic drugs and appeared before a special United States Senate committee on the issue in 2006[21][22] and again in 2009.[23] Bresch also testified before the Food and Drug Administration in September 2010 on the issue of generic drug user fees, proposing a new user fee structure that aims to generate more funding for the FDA and provide greater assurance for pharmaceutical product safety, regardless of where in the world the product or its ingredients come from.[24] On February 9, 2012, Bresch testified before the United States House Committee on Energy and Commerce in relation to drug supply chain integrity, drug shortages and the Generic Industry's Drug User Fee proposal (GDUFA).[25]


Bresch was named one of Fortune's "50 Most Powerful Women In Business" in 2012[26] and 2013. In 2011, Bresch was named a "Patriot of the Year" by Esquire for her work which led to the passage of the FDA Safety and Innovation Act.[27] Also in 2011, Bresch was named one of Pharmaceutical Executive's "Emerging Pharma Leaders 2011."[28] In 2009, Bresch was named one of the top women in the global pharmaceutical industry by FiercePharma.[29]

Personal life[edit]

Bresch is married to Jones Day lawyer Jeffrey J. Bresch. She was previously married to Doug Kirby, with whom she has a daughter. As of 2012, she has four children in total.[6][30][31][3] Bresch lives in Sewickley Heights, Sewickley, Pennsylvania.[32] In 1991, Bresch founded Tygart Technology with her first husband Douglas Kirby.[33] This led to conflict of interest questions regarding work sub-contracted to Tygart in 2006 for the Office of the Secretary of State, an office held by her father at the time.[34] Bresch had severed any financial ties to the company seven years prior.[33][35]


  1. ^ Clare Malone (February 27, 2014). "Get Elected, Get Your Kids Rich: Washington Is Spoiled Rotten". The Daily Beast. Retrieved February 6, 2015. And these days, after stints as Mylan’s director of government relations and strategic development, Heather Bresch (née Manchin) is the company’s CEO, one of Fortune’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business. 
  2. ^ Ethan Lott (April 26, 2013). "High-end home sales have been going strong over the past three years". Pittsburgh Business Times. Retrieved February 6, 2015. No. 1, 202-204 Scaife Road in Sewickley Heights, was bought by Jeffrey Bresch and Mylan Inc. CEO Heather Bresch from IPEG Inc. Chairman G. Watts Humphrey and Sally K. Humphrey for $2.85 million. 
  3. ^ a b Patricia Sabatini and Len Boselovic (December 21, 2007). "MBA mystery in Morgantown". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved February 6, 2015. One of those documents mentions Ms. Bresch -- Ms. Kirby at the time because of her earlier marriage to Douglas Kirby -- by name. 
  4. ^ Patricia Sabatini and Len Boselovic (December 21, 2007). "MBA mystery in Morgantown". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved February 6, 2015. West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin, father of Heather Bresch, whose graduate school record was rewritten by West Virginia University officials. 
  5. ^ Leslie P. Norton (March 2, 2013). "Medicine Woman". Barron's. Retrieved February 6, 2015. Her father, Joe Manchin, is the former governor of West Virginia, and now the state's junior senator in Washington, D.C. 
  6. ^ a b Nikki Bowman (June 11, 2012). "No Generic Success Story". WV Living Magazine. Retrieved February 6, 2015. 
  7. ^ Joselyn King (May 17, 2008). "Garrison: I Need To Stay at WVU". The Intelligencer & Wheeling News Register. Retrieved February 6, 2015. Garrison, a Marion County native, also is a long-time friend of the Manchin family who attended Fairmont Senior High School in Fairmont, W.Va., with Bresch.  (Subscription required.)
  8. ^ Aaron Taube (September 6, 2014). "29 People With ‘Soft’ College Majors Who Became Extremely Successful". Business Insider Indonesia. Retrieved February 6, 2015. 
  9. ^ a b Len Boselovic and Patricia Sabatini, "University revokes degree after scathing report on M.B.A. awarded to Bresch", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 24 April 2008, accessed 2008-04-24
  10. ^ Ian Urbina, "University Investigates Whether Governor’s Daughter Earned Degree", New York Times, 22 January 2008, accessed 2008-04-24
  11. ^ a b Bowman, Nikki (June 11, 2012). "No Generic Success Story". West Virginia Living. Retrieved September 26, 2014. 
  12. ^ a b Norton, Leslie (March 2, 2013). "Medicine Woman". Barron's. Retrieved September 26, 2014. 
  13. ^ a b Burnside, Mary. "Leading Ladies". Corridor Magazine. pp. 16–20. 
  14. ^ Clemons, Steve (June 12, 2012). "What it really takes to change Washington". The Atlantic. Retrieved September 16, 2014. 
  15. ^ Jett, Jennifer (Winter 2014). "West Virginia’s Leading Lady". West Virginia Executive. Retrieved September 26, 2014. 
  16. ^ Bosco, Andrea (April 22, 2014). "Mylan CEO Continues To Expand International Medicine Efforts". WHIRL Magazine. Retrieved September 26, 2014. 
  17. ^ Hohmann, George (July 14, 2005). "Manchin's Marion posse". Charleston Daily Mail. pp. 1C. 
  18. ^ Jack W. Plunkett (October 2007). Plunkett's Health Care Industry Almanac 2008: The Only Comprehensive Guide To The Health Care Industry. Plunkett Research, Ltd. p. 547. ISBN 978-1-59392-096-8. 
  19. ^ Sabatini, Patricia; Boselovi, Len (December 21, 2007). "MBA mystery in Morgantown". Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Retrieved September 26, 2014. 
  20. ^ “Robert Cindrich, Heather Bresch named to Mylan board”, Pittsburgh Business Times, 1 March 2011
  21. ^ "Mylan Calls for End to Abusive Practices That Delay Access to Affordable Pharmaceuticals", PR Newswire, 20 July 2006, accessed 2008-04-24
  22. ^ "Mylan testifies before Senate special committee on aging", Observer-Reporter (Washington, PA), 21 July 2006, accessed on 2008-04-24
  23. ^ Brent Kendall, "Lawmakers, Drug Makers Spar Over Patent Settlements", Wall Street Journal, 3 June 2009
  24. ^ http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/NewsEvents/UCM226845.pdf
  25. ^ http://republicans.energycommerce.house.gov/Media/file/Hearings/Health/20120209/HTMG-112-HHRG-IF14-WState-HBresch-20120209.pdf
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  27. ^ "Esquire's Americans of the Year: Patriots", Esquire Magazine, 19 November 2011, accessed 2012-01-31
  28. ^ "Emerging Pharma Leaders 2011". findpharma.com. Retrieved 7 March 2015. 
  29. ^ "Heather Bresch - Top 15 Women in Pharma”, FiercePharma 12 Oct. 2009
  30. ^ Ry Rivard (December 2, 2012). "State school board chief says he’s not ‘buddy-buddy’ with Manchin". Charleston Daily Mail. Retrieved February 6, 2015. Linger met Manchin, then a state senator, through West Virginia technology entrepreneur Doug Kirby. Kirby was then married to Manchin's daughter, Heather Bresch. 
  31. ^ "A “No-Show” Joe Manchin Compendium". WestVirginiaVille. December 21, 2010. Retrieved February 6, 2015. He went on to explain that because of his daughter Heather Bresch’s child custody arrangement with ex-husband Doug Kirby, all the Manchin grandchildren are able to be together on Christmas Day only every other year... 
  32. ^ Larissa Dudkiewicz (May 8, 2013). "Guess Who Bought Sewickley's Most Expensive Home in 2012?". Sewickley Patch. Retrieved February 6, 2015. Jeffrey J. and Heather Bresch made the No. 1 purchase, which came just ahead of a $2,721,500 purchase on Persimmon Road in Sewickley Heights. 
  33. ^ a b "Auditor finds no criminal intent in use of firm founded by governor's daughter". The Associated Press. January 30, 2006. Retrieved September 26, 2014. 
  34. ^ "Firm with Manchin family ties got millions". The Charleston Gazette. January 20, 2006. 
  35. ^ "Marion firm says all work had contracts". The Associated Press. January 27, 2006.