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After years of GR, Melville finally lands the corner office job

Consumer Healthcare Products Association head has successfully navigated the jump from government affairs to the C-suite

March 8, 2013


In Scott Melville’s words, when he began his career in 1985 he “didn’t even know what a trade association was.”

He had come to Washington to work on Capitol Hill for Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-Calif.). After seven years, Melville continued his government affairs career working for a succession of pharmaceutical firms.

But once in the private sector, Melville’s ignorance of trade associations turned to admiration. “I became exposed to trade groups from the other side of the table—as a customer, as a client, as a member,” Melville said. “And it was there that I really became a fan of trade associations.”