Lilly CEO elected chairman of United Way Worldwide board

The chairman and CEO of pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly and Co. has been elected chairman of United Way Worldwide's board to help lead the nation's largest charity.

The Alexandria-based United Way announced Wednesday that John Lechleiter will serve a two-year term as board chairman.

United Way President and CEO Brian Gallagher said Lechleiter will help strengthen the not-for-profit network's capacity to meet growing human needs around the world.

Lechleiter has been Indianapolis-based Lilly's CEO since 2008 and its chairman since 2009. He joined the company in 1979 as an organic chemist in research and development.

In a prepared statement, Lechleiter says United Way improves lives and has an indispensable role in making changes in education, income and health for communities around the world.

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