Kate McKinley, MBA
Chief Executive Officer
Kate McKinley was appointed to the role of Chief Executive Officer in July 2021 and is a member of the Executive Team. She joined the company in 2019 as Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) where she led Elevar’s global commercial, medical affairs, business development, manufacturing, supply chain, alliance management, and corporate communications organizations.
Kate has more than 20 years of experience in developing high-performing cultures and teams in the biopharmaceutical industry. Prior to joining Elevar, she was the Head of Marketing, Training, and the Hospital Channel at Dendreon, responsible for the first FDA approved cell-based cancer immunotherapy. Prior to Dendreon, Kate was U.S. Head of Sales at AbbVie, leading the Oncology, Urology and Gynecology sales and field reimbursement organizations overseeing new product launch planning, rebranding initiatives, and market expansion strategies.
Kate has a superior record of achievement in creating and leading the vision and strategic partnerships that position organizations for transformation and commercial success within startup, rapid-growth, turnaround, and Fortune 100 environments. Throughout her career, Kate has held leadership roles with increasing responsibility in business development and alliance management, marketing, sales, market access, training, and medical affairs across multiple therapeutic areas. She has a strong track record of executing commercial strategies in oncology, urology, gynecology, immunology, and cardiology in both mature and launch products.
Kate is a summa cum laude graduate of The University of Tulsa. She holds an MBA from the university’s Collins College of Business and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with degrees in Marketing, Management and Psychology.