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Santo J. Costa

Of Counsel
AA Contact Info

Cathi Taylor
Phone: 919.821.6628
ctaylor@smithlaw.com

Overview

Sandy Costa’s professional experience includes over 30 years in executive and senior operating management positions within the pharmaceutical, health care and life sciences industries. In addition to his legal practice, Sandy's experience includes President, Chief Operating Officer and Vice Chairman of Quintiles Transnational Corp. where during his tenure he had responsibility for all operating divisions and worldwide business development. Other executive level experience includes Senior Vice President-Administration, General Counsel and Director, Glaxo Inc.; and U.S. Area Counsel for Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals.

Sandy is a nationally recognized speaker on leadership, as well as legal and policy issues affecting the pharmaceutical industry.

  • Chairman, Board of Directors, Metabolon Inc.
  • Member, Board of Directors, MonoSol Rx
  • Member, Board of Directors, Cytokinetics, Inc.
  • Member, The Duke Brain Tumor Advisory Committee
  • Member, The Duke Cancer Patient Support Program Board
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Ravenscroft School
  • Recipient, St. John’s University Alumni Outstanding Achievement Medal

News & Publications

News

Publications

  • Author, "Getting Back on the Ethical High Road," Association News (January 2014)
  • Author, "Humanity at Work," Chapel Hill Press (2nd printing, 2010) 

Events & Webinars

Events

  • "How to Evaluate Whether Transition into a Public Company Structure Meets Your Company's Requirements, Panelist," The Citadel Directors' Institute, Charleston, S.C.
    04.2016
  • Panelist, "Unique Issues for Boards in Healthcare Organizations (for-Profit & non-Profit)," The Citadel Directors' Institute, Charleston, S.C.
    04.2016
  • "The Four Strategies to Being a Trusted Leader," speaking to staff of N.C. Attorney General
    10.2015
  • "The Four Strategies to Being a Trusted Leader," 2015 Southeast BME Regional Conference
    10.2015
  • The Luther Hodges Ethics Luncheon, The Rotary Club of the Research Triangle Park
    05.2015
  • "Board Decision Making," National Association of Corporate Directors, Research Triangle Chapter, Directors' College
    04.2015
  • "The Attributes of Great Leaders," Raleigh-Wake Human Resource Management Association's (RWHRMA) 2nd Annual Strategic HR Summit
    02.2014
  • "Four Critical Stages for Building Trust (In a World Where It’s Fast Disappearing)," Charlotte Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel, Career Development Event
    07.2013
  • "Strategies on Becoming a Trusted Leader in the Workplace," the Canadian Business Association of North Carolina
    06.2013
  • "Humanity at Work and the Attributes of Great Leaders," Business and Professional Women (BPW) Organization of Raleigh, N.C., Young Careerist Competition
    03.2013
  • "Four Critical Stages for Building Trust (In a World Where It’s Fast Disappearing)," Minnesota Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel
    01.2013

Bar & Court Admissions

  • North Carolina
  • New York
  • Ohio

Education

St. John's University, J.D., 1971

St. John’s University, B.S., Pharmacy, 1968

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