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Zack Hutchins
Director of Communications

July 14, 2014

Pfizer's Boykin-Towns elected to Executive Committee of The Business Council of New York State

New York, N.Y. — Karen Boykin-Towns, Pfizer, Inc.'s vice president, business unit public affairs, was recently elected to The Business Council of New York State's Executive Committee. She currently serves on The Business Council's Board of Directors.

“The Business Council is pleased to welcome Ms. Boykin-Towns to the executive committee of our board of directors. Her expertise will greatly contribute to, and help shape, the Council's mission to create economic growth, good jobs and strong communities,” said Heather C. Briccetti, Esq., president and CEO of The Business Council.

The Business Council of New York State is a statewide business organization whose membership base encompasses businesses — ranging from Fortune 500 to small business, Chambers of Commerce, non-profits, and educational institutions, and more — working to create economic growth, good jobs and strong communities across New York. It advocates for policies that will improve New York's business climate and help member companies meet their business needs.

“I'm honored to have been elected to serve as a member of The Business Council's Executive Committee. The Business Council is a critical voice in fostering a business environment that values innovation for companies like Pfizer who call New York State home. We have been a member of the Business Council for over 35 years and look forward to working even more closely as we all help New York State in achieving its goal of being one of the best states in which to do business,” said Karen Boykin-Towns, vice president of Pfizer Inc.

Ms. Boykin-Towns has built a reputation as a visionary and strategic results-driver in complex business and government environments based on demonstrated success impacting healthcare policy, advocacy, public affairs, communication, and proactive change management. Ms. Towns' career at Pfizer, Inc. spans 18 years where she advanced quickly into executive management roles.

Ms. Boykin-Towns leverages her talent as a coalition-builder and results-driver through active participation on boards in her community. Her tenure includes eight years of service for the NAACP, including leadership roles on its National Board of Directors, as Health Committee Chair, and member of their Executive Committee. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Friends of Thirteen Public Television since 2009. Other active leadership posts include serving on the Business Advisory Council for the College of Mount Saint Vincent, and the Democratic National Convention where she has been a delegate every session since 2004.

She holds an MBA degree from Baruch College of the City University of New York (CUNY), as well as a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the College of Mount Saint Vincent where she graduated cum laude.

For more information on The Business Council of New York State, visit www.bcnys.org.