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ZS Oncology Practice Head Named One of Consulting Magazine’s Top Women Leaders

Managing Principal Maria Whitman has spearheaded growth in the oncology and specialty therapeutics practice —

EVANSTON, Ill. – Oct. 21, 2015 – Maria Whitman, leader of the oncology and specialty therapeutics practice for global sales and marketing firm ZS, was recently named one of the 2015 “Women Leaders in Consulting” by Consulting magazine.

Whitman, a managing principal at the firm, is one of 13 recipients who will be recognized at the ninth annual Women Leaders in Consulting Gala Awards Dinner on Nov. 12 at the St. Regis New York. She is the second ZS principal to win a “Women Leaders in Consulting” award.

“It is an honor to be recognized alongside such accomplished women in the industry,” Whitman said. “I have been fortunate in my career to work with and learn from amazing female and male leaders, especially at ZS. The success and growth we have achieved in the oncology and specialty therapeutics practice is a result of the passion and dedication of a team I am inspired by and grateful to work with every day.”

“A Hands-On Leader”

Whitman works with established and emerging pharmaceutical companies worldwide on a range of strategic marketing and sales issues, including brand and portfolio strategy, launch excellence and effectiveness, and customer experience. Since Whitman assumed leadership of oncology and specialty therapeutics at ZS in 2014, revenues for the practice have grown more than 40 percent. Further, ZS now assists in more than half of all new oncology product launches today.

“Maria is a dynamic, hands-on leader who has become an expert in oncology commercialization and has played a crucial role in helping ZS grow our presence in the category,” said Pratap Khedkar, managing principal and global head of the pharmaceuticals practice at ZS. “She has risen quickly at ZS and always inspires those around her. Given her many strengths, I know she will continue to drive growth at ZS.”

As a thought leader in the oncology space, Whitman frequently shares expertise at important clinical meetings such as ASCO, industry events and in key industry publications. In addition to heading the oncology and specialty therapeutics practice, Whitman is also the managing principal of ZS’s Philadelphia office, which has seen strong growth during her tenure.

“Success is about more than how much we do or how fast we grow,” Whitman said. “Success is consistently striving for excellence in our work and the relationships we build. I am grateful for this recognition and especially for the support along the way of my colleagues, family, and friends. I look forward to our team’s continued success.”

About ZS

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Greg Austin
Director, Marketing & Communication, ZS
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