To discover how this happened one need only look at her full name, Heather Manchin Bresch. She got her job because she is the daughter of Joe Manchin, the head of the Democratic Party in West Virginia, who is now serving as a senator after having been governor, and secretary of state.
Most news reports leave out the Manchin connection, even though that is her biggest asset as CEO of Mylan, a generic drug company based in Canonburg, Pennsylvania, just north of West Virginia. She graduated from West Virginia University in 1991, and at a WVU basketball game the next year, her father hit Milan Puskar, then CEO of Mylan, up for a job for his daughter. The people had just elected Joe Manchin to the state Senate, so Heather got a job as a clerk.
As her father rose in politics, she rose in the company. When her dad became secretary of state of West Virginia, she became Mylan's director of government relations. She did well, making sure the drug manufacturer was included in the Medicare Part D plan.
More promotions coincided as he rose to governor and then senator.
When she needed a master's degree, she was able to get one through Michael Garrison, a family friend Joe Manchin arranged to be appointed as president of WVU. Garison also was a lobbyist for WVU. After the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette exposed this lie, Garrison stepped down. Heather continued as a Mylan executive, rising to CEO in 2012.
The press is airbrushing her father from this story. Steve Tobak at Fox Business Network did a great job ripping her, but barely mentioned her father.
Everyone wants their kid to succeed, but fair play matters. Obviously Joe and Gayle Manchin failed to teach their daughter ethics.
Or maybe she forgot those lessons along the way.
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