Beth Calitri joined Ironwood Pharmaceuticals in 2019. Ms. Calitri has spent more than 25 years in healthcare communications working at a host of major U.S. and international pharmaceutical companies, as well as leading communications agencies. Currently, she leads corporate communications and media relations at Ironwood Pharmaceuticals where she infuses energy, purpose, and collaboration into her work to tell the company’s story as a leader in the gastrointestinal (GI) pharmaceutical space. Ms. Calitri believes that all effective communications start with compelling storytelling and is proud to serve as Ironwood Pharmaceuticals’ chief storyteller.
Ms. Calitri’s extensive experience as a team leader and communicator, as well as her focus on driving businesses forward, have helped propel companies to achieve their goals and create committed, purpose-driven workplace cultures. Ms. Calitri is an advocate of authentic employee engagement, patient-focused communications, and creating workplace cultures that are based on values and ethics.
Before joining Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, Ms. Calitri used her deep expertise in corporate and brand communications, media relations, issues management, employee engagement and narrative building to help companies as Head of R&D Site Communications at Pfizer, Deputy Head of Global Media Relations at Novartis and part of the Brand Communications team at AstraZeneca, tell their stories in impactful and meaningful ways. Her experience in the GI space includes leading communications for blockbuster drugs such as Nexium, Zelnorm and Prilosec. While at Novartis, she was a founding team member of the vaccines division where she played a critical role in global communications and crisis management around the H1N1 virus. She was a member of the company’s Americas management committee and later, Deputy Head of Global Media Relations.
Ms. Calitri is on the advisory board of the Harrington School of Communication and Media at the University of Rhode Island where she graduated with a B.A. in Communications and Public Relations. She also serves on the advisory board for WEST – Women in the Enterprise of Science and Technology. She earned a degree in Spanish Studies at the Universidad de Salamanca in Spain and studied nutrition and chemistry at Hunter College, New York. She has lived and worked internationally, including the UK and Switzerland.