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Bio: Ginger L. Graham


Throughout her life, Graham has demonstrated a theatrical flair and a persistence in the face of tough challenges

BORN

Nov. 18, 1955, in Springdale, Ark.

POSITION

CEO of Amylin Pharmaceuticals, which recently launched two drugs to treat diabetes.

EDUCATION

BS in Agricultural Economics, University of Arkansas, 1979; MBA, Harvard, 1986.

FIRST JOB

Arkansas State Rodeo Queen.

HOW BEING A FARMGIRL PREPARED HER TO BE CEO

"We had to grow what we ate, and we took care of animals that were dependent on us. I learned pretty quickly that there are things bigger than me -- the seasons, life and death, and disappointments. As a kid, that teaches you to work hard and be resourceful."

BIGGEST DEAL

As an executive at Eli Lilly & Co., she brokered the 1987 sale of its Elizabeth Arden unit to Faberg? for $735 million -- then the largest sale ever of a cosmetics company.

FAMILY

Married to insurance executive John since 1998, three grown stepchildren.


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