Value through InnovationOctober 25 2016
November 14, 2011

Boehringer Ingelheim Executives Recognized for Supporting Diversity Initiatives

Ridgefield, Conn. (November 14, 2011) – Two Boehringer Ingelheim executives were honored for their individual contributions to a more diverse workplace at The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center’s 14th annual Women’s Event, which took place on Saturday, November 12, 2011. Marla Persky, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Boehringer Ingelheim and Nancy Di Dia, Executive Director & Chief Diversity Officer at Boehringer Ingelheim, were given the Center’s Corporate Leader award for their persistent endorsement of diversity initiatives to the company’s U. S. workforce of more than 10,000 employees. Comedian Wanda Sykes and Country Music Star Chely Wright were also honored at the event and presented Ms. Persky and Ms. Di Dia with their awards.

Dedicated to increasing diversity in the legal sector, Marla Persky has managed global legal services, been General Manager of an international device business, integrated acquired businesses, designed and implemented legal strategies to manage global mass torts, and led crisis management teams. As a straight ally, Ms. Persky is the executive sponsor of the LGBT employee resource group at Boehringer Ingelheim.

Chief Diversity Officer Nancy Di Dia has more than 25 years of experience in management and diversity practices in corporate America. Under her leadership, Boehringer Ingelheim achieved the number one position from the Association of Diversity Councils as well as a perfect score on the Corporate Equality Index from the Human Rights Campaign for the best places to work for LGBT for three consecutive years.

“Marla and Nancy embody the culture we are committed to at Boehringer Ingelheim: value and respect for all employees, where open and honest dialogue is embraced,” said J. Martin Carroll, President and CEO of Boehringer Ingelheim’s U.S. operations. “Both women are highly respected within our organization, not only for their leadership abilities but for their commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion in all areas of our business, and so it is fitting that they have been honored in this way.”

About Boehringer Ingelheim
The Boehringer Ingelheim group is one of the world’s 20 leading pharmaceutical companies. Headquartered in Ingelheim, Germany, it operates globally with 145 affiliates and more than 42,000 employees. Since it was founded in 1885, the family-owned company has been committed to researching, developing, manufacturing and marketing novel products of high therapeutic value for human and veterinary medicine.

As a central element of its culture, Boehringer Ingelheim pledges to act socially responsible. Involvement in social projects, caring for employees and their families, and providing equal opportunities for all employees form the foundation of the global operations. Mutual cooperation and respect, as well as environmental protection and sustainability are intrinsic factors in all of Boehringer Ingelheim’s endeavors.

In 2010, Boehringer Ingelheim posted net sales of approximately $16.7 billion (about 12.6 billion euro) while spending almost 24% of net sales in its largest business segment, Prescription Medicines, on research and development. For more information, please visit and follow us on Twitter at

About the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center
A beacon of hope for 28 years, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center builds and supports our community through arts and culture, wellness and recovery, HIV/AIDS services, family services and life-saving youth programs designed to foster healthy development in a safe, affirming environment. The Center envisions a world where LGBT people will no longer face discrimination or isolation because of who we are or who we love. We offer a welcoming home to 300,000 visitors each year and we are committed to serving all LGBT people through a variety of programs, services and activities that are designed to meet existing and emerging needs. The Center is many things to many people. We invite you to experience our home at 208 West 13th Street in person and online at

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  • Erin Crew

    Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc