Former Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson is leaving Eli Lilly.

Peterson currently serves as senior vice president of Corporate Affairs and Communications.   He will leave Lilly March 31 to pursue personal business interests and expand his community volunteer commitments.   Peterson, a former two-term mayor of Indianapolis, joined Lilly in 2009. A search currently is under way for his replacement.

Peterson was called an invaluable member of the executive’s committee.  “Bart’s leadership and political acumen have been vital to help us meet the significant challenges of an incredibly complex health care environment. His strong passion and vision for global health has been instrumental in making life better for people around the world,”  said David Ricks, Lilly president and CEO. ”

Peterson served as managing director of Strategic Capital Partners, as a fellow with the Institute of Politics at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and as a distinguished visiting professor of public policy at Ball State University before joining Lilly in 2009. From 2000 to 2007, he was mayor of Indianapolis, where, among many accomplishments, he championed the formation of charter schools.   Lilly says Peterson was instrumental in the effort that led to the creation of BioCrossroads to promote the development of the life sciences in the region. Peterson’s public sector experience also includes serving as chief of staff for then Governor of Indiana Evan Bayh. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and a law degree from the University of Michigan.

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