AstraZeneca employee honored by DiversityMBA Magazine

Bela Sastry, Director, Federal Government Affairs, was named to DiversityMBA Magazine’s 2012 Top 100 Under 50 Diverse Emerging Leaders list.

DiversityMBA Magazine has named AstraZeneca employee Bela Sastry to their 2012 Top 100 Under 50 Diverse Emerging Leaders list.

DiversityMBA Magazine is an internationally distributed publication targeting business professionals in corporate America, entrepreneurs and students seeking to enhance their knowledge base from a thought leadership perspective.

The leaders were chosen from a pool of more than 300 highly competitive candidates. These potential candidates were selected from within public and privately held companies, as well as from among entrepreneurs and not for profit organizations.

Sastry received this award based on a recommendation from David Nicoli, Vice President, US Corporate Affairs. She is honored to have her accomplishments and responsibilities recognized and believes that AstraZeneca stands out because of its commitment to employee growth and development.

“My own position has evolved considerably in just the three years I have been with the organization, and I appreciate that the company has taken a chance on me by providing many ‘on-the-job’ opportunities to learn and take on new challenges,” she said.

Sastry came to AstraZeneca in July 2009 from the American Society of Clinical Oncology, taking on the role of Senior Manager for Government Reimbursement. In her current role as Director of Federal Government Affairs, she leads the legislative strategy on the range of Medicare issues affecting AstraZeneca. She is also responsible for outreach and engagement with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

All winners will be featured in DiversityMBA Magazine’s Summer 2012 issue and will be honored at the magazine’s Awards Gala on Sept. 20-21 in Chicago.