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Overseeing communications for the world's largest drugmaker, Sally Susman reports directly to chairman and CEO Jeff Kindler as part of the executive team. This year, much of her focus is on the company's acquisition and integration of Wyeth. In addition, the pharma industry – among others – faces increased scrutiny from Washington. Kindler has indicated he wants to be a part of the healthcare reform movement emanating from the nation's capital. It will be up to Susman to help shape that conversation. This year Pfizer is hosting the annual PR and Communications Summit for the pharma industry. Susman will be serving as the keynote, which is an indication, perhaps, of her taking on more of a thought-leadership role in the PR industry.