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Solvay Pharmaceuticals Sales Director Honored as Industry Rising Star by Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association


May 30, 2006

Marietta, Ga. – Debbie Griggs-Smith, a sales director for Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Inc., was honored as an industry Rising Star by the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association at its 2006 Woman of the Year luncheon on Wednesday, May 10 in New York.

HBA Rising Stars are rising professionals in various sectors of the healthcare industry, including pharmaceutical, biotechnology, advertising, public relations, medical education and market research, among other fields. Nominated by HBA’s corporate members, the Rising Stars represent various career stages and disciplines, and have demonstrated noteworthy achievements and proven attention to furthering their careers.

Griggs-Smith is currently the Cardio-Metabolic sales director responsible for the West Region sales team at Solvay Pharmaceuticals. In this role, she develops and executes sales and marketing strategy and tactics and leads a team of six district managers and 64 sales representatives.

During her 21-year career with Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Griggs-Smith has worked in a number of roles. Most recently, she served as product manager on both the gastroenterology and men’s health brand teams. Prior to her marketing roles, she spent 10 years in sales as a representative and district manager. She has also worked in human resources and began her pharmaceutical career as a chemist. Griggs-Smith earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Miami and received her MBA from Georgia State University.

“Debbie is a consistent, top performer who has contributed to the success of the company through exemplary leadership and exceptional dedication,” said Jim Hynd, senior vice president, commercial operations. “She is a savvy, experienced and motivated member of our team, who leads by example each and every day.”

The Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA) is a national not-for profit organization dedicated to furthering the advancement of women in the healthcare industry. Headquartered in New Jersey with chapters and affiliates nationwide, the HBA provides educational opportunities for both women and men to develop cutting-edge industry knowledge and leadership skills; recognizes outstanding women in the industry; provides opportunities for networking; creates greater visibility for women in the industry; fosters mentoring relationships; and serves as a conduit for research on career advancement issues. For further information on HBA or to read more about all the honorees, please go to and click on Woman of the Year.

Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Inc., of Marietta, Georgia is the U.S. subsidiary of Solvay Pharmaceuticals. For more information, visit

Solvay Pharmaceuticals is a research driven group of companies that constitute the global pharmaceutical business of the Solvay Group. The company seeks to fulfill carefully selected, unmet medical needs in the therapeutic areas of neuroscience, cardio-metabolic, influenza vaccines, gastroenterology, specialized markets and men’s and women’s health. Its 2005 sales were EUR 2.3 billion and it employs approximately 10 000 people worldwide. For more information, visit

Solvay is an international chemicals and pharmaceuticals group with headquarters in Brussels. It operates in more than 50 countries, with some 30,000 employees. In 2005 its consolidated sales amounted to EUR 8.6 billion, generated by its three sectors of activity: Chemicals, Plastics and Pharmaceuticals. Solvay SA is listed on the Euronext 100 index of top European companies. Details are available at


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