The Society of Pharmaceutical and Biotech Trainers Announces John Sjovall as New Board President

ROANOKE, Va., Oct. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The Society of Pharmaceutical and Biotech Trainers (SPBT) announced John P. Sjovall Jr. has been elected as new board president, effective January 2014.  Sjovall brings more than 20 years of healthcare industry experience including pharmaceutical field sales and sales management, training, strategic planning, and operations. He is currently executive director of sales training & development for Daiichi Sankyo, Inc.

Sjovall has been a valued SPBT member since 2004, joined the SPBT Board in 2008 and became treasurer in 2009. He served on the editorial board of the Pharmaceutical Representative Magazine, authored several articles, including SPBT's Focus magazine, and is a reoccurring guest lecturer at the Rutgers Pharmaceutical MBA program. He has also been a guest speaker, moderator, and panelist at numerous conferences and webinars hosted by various organizations, including: Society of Pharmaceutical and Biotech Trainers, Pharmaceutical Executive, PharmaForce, and Drug Information Association. 

During his two-year term as president, Sjovall will lead the SPBT Board in crafting and implementing a strategic plan that will enhance the Society's value to all life science trainers and will ultimately grow membership.

"John has already been a tireless supporter of the SPBT as a Board member, our treasurer and as a leader of many educational workshops at our live events," said Kevin Kruse, executive director, SPBT. "I look forward to working closely with John as we take the Society to even higher levels of excellence in the years ahead."

John succeeds Carol Wells, senior director, commercial training & development for Genentech, whose term as president will expire after serving two years.

"I am honored by the trust that my industry peers on the board have placed in me and feel privileged to have the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of truly outstanding leaders like Carol Wells our current president. Over the last few years, SPBT has seen impressive growth and expansion into other life science training areas like the medical device and diagnostic space.  I am excited to help drive initiatives and technology changes that will benefit our members and create a greater community of individuals focused on advancing life science training and education in the years to come."

About SPBT
The Society of Pharmaceutical and Biotech Trainers ( is the only 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the professional goals of trainers and educators in the life sciences. Founded in 1971, SPBT has grown to over 1,300 individual members who work in pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device and diagnostic companies.

Media Contact: Nannette Nolan, Society of Phamaceutical & Biotech Trainers (SPBT), 424-266-0745,

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