Two Top Executives Named to BU Boards
Christine Poon joins trustees, Lucy Halperin joins overseers| From Commonwealth | By Jessica Ullian
Christine A. Poon, a former top pharmaceutical industry executive, and Lucy Landesman Halperin, the first female president of Tee Pee Olives/Italica Imports, were appointed to University leadership positions at the Board of Trustees meeting in December. Poon, former vice chairman of Johnson & Johnson’s board of directors and worldwide chairman of its Pharmaceuticals Group and now dean of Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business, joins the Board of Trustees. Halperin joins the Board of Overseers.
Poon (GSM’83) began her career with Johnson & Johnson in 2000 as company group chair for pharmaceuticals. In 2003, she was appointed worldwide chairman, medicines and nutritionals. She was elected to the Johnson & Johnson board of directors and named a vice chairman of the board in 2005.
Halperin (CGS’75, SMG’77) is the owner and president of Tee Pee Olives/Italica Imports, a third-generation family-owned business, which packs and distributes olives and olive oil.
Her late husband, Richard Halperin (CGS’74, COM’76), was the chief operating officer of the Quellos Group, LLC, an investment management firm. He was the recipient of a Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of General Studies and served on the College of Communication Dean’s Advisory Board.